Comox Valley Transition Society was founded in 1987 by a group of caring members of our community who were concerned that women in abusive relationships had nowhere to go. From that time until 1992, we operated as a safe home network, where local families voluntarily took women escaping violence and their children into their own homes.
In 1992, we turned vision into reality when we purchased and opened Lilli House, a large, comfortable home with 11 beds in 6 bedrooms situated in a quiet residential neighbourhood that provided a safe, confidential space for women fleeing violence and their children. That same year we started the 24-hour Crisis Line and received funding to begin our Stopping The Violence and PEACE (formerly Children Who Witness Abuse) Counselling Programs, which we’ve been offering ever since. In 1999, we began providing detox services and in 2015, we opened Amethyst House – a 12-bed social detox and supportive recovery home for women overcoming substance use issues, providing yet another level of support for women in our community.
For more than 30 years, our services have grown and continued to fill an important need in the Comox Valley:
- we offer Outreach Services for women, children and families who are unsheltered or struggling through poverty;
- we partner with the RCMP to provide Victim Services to those individuals who are victims of crime;
- working with the Comox Valley Coalition To End Homelessness, we operate and manage the CONNECT Warming Centre; and
- we offer several supportive and educational groups for girls, men, and grandparents raising grandchildren.
Photo: CVTS Executive Director, Heather Ney (right) presents cheque to 50/50 winner Andrea Haché
CVTS has grown from a group of just a few volunteers to a team of over 60 staff members. We are proud to serve women, children and families in the Comox Valley, and we are grateful for the ongoing and overwhelmingly generous support we receive from the community.
OUR VISION, MISSION AND GUIDING VALUES
A community of people who are respected, safe and supported.
Create a healthy community through positive contributions to the lives of women, children and families.
We achieve this mission by offering a range of programs and services which provide safety and support personal well-being. Programs and services include shelter and housing, counselling and support, healing and recovery, crisis intervention, advocacy and education, prevention and awareness.
As a leading anti-oppression organization we operate from a feminist perspective which recognizes that power imbalances exist in society and affect all people.
Equality Justice, Fairness
Respect Self-Determination, Relational
Diversity Inclusive, Culturally Sensitive, Flexible
Compassion Kindness, Love, Generosity, Openness
Integrity Trust, Accountable, Professional, Dedicated