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Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) Fund
BC’s largest centre for refugee and newcomer mental health, the Vancouver Association for Survivors of Torture (VAST) supports the mental health of individuals who arrive in BC with psychological trauma and vulnerable status. Founded on the conviction that healing is an act of resistance, for 35 years we have employed a province-leading model of trauma-informed practice in an open, non-violent space. We support newcomer survivors—those afflicted by trauma resulting from torture, political violence, and other forms of persecution based on race, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation. The result: the creation and sustainment of a resilient, inclusive community amongst newcomers.
VAST clients have access to individual trauma counselling, 11 trauma-informed support groups, and psycholegal or medical-legal documentation and advocacy. VAST shares capacity building workshops and public engagement initiatives, relieves demand on the BC healthcare sector, and provides key mental health supports for the work of the settlement sector. VAST is known throughout BC as a convener of voices with lived experience and an influential advisor to municipal, provincial, and federal levels of service providers and policy makers. VAST serves more than 1000 clients annually, and provides capacity building training for another 3500 people.
To contribute to our endowment fund, please donate below.
Contact the Organization:
- In order to properly recognize all donors for their contributions, Vancouver Foundation will share your name and donation amount with the fund advisor unless you have checked the anonymous box on the donation form.
- Donations to this fund will support the charity's general charitable purposes. Statements about the fund's purpose or how donations will be applied are reflective of the charity's current intent and are subject to change.
- These funds will be invested, but may be accessed by the charity should the need arise.
For questions about this fund or Vancouver Foundation, please email Mandy Pui.