Coronavirus impact on services - update
In light of the recent coronavirus crisis, (Covid-19), and the declaration of a state of emergency in BC, we face the alarming reality of fear, isolation and distance. At this crucial time it is important that we prioritize everyone’s safety and ways to stay connected with each other.
Amidst the crisis of the pandemic of coronavirus, we cannot dismiss the global pandemic of violence against women. To self-isolate or quarantine are not the safest choice for women who are at risk of violence in their own homes. Vulnerable and homeless women are not able to quarantine. Home is often the prime location for harassment, violence and lethality for those at risk of gender-based violence. Surrey Women’s Centre will be especially vigilant to address the needs of our clients who are at highest risk.
Surrey Women’s Centre serves marginalized, vulnerable and isolated clients and we remain committed to the health, safety and well being of our clients, volunteers, students, staff and the larger community.
In accordance with the government’s actions to reduce risks of exposure to coronavirus but also ensure the provision of its essential services we have taken the following steps:
- Temporarily paused our Drop In Services; Sharing Closet; Van services and all support groups.
- Our dedicated staff team will continue to offer crisis, court and counseling support services remotely via phone. We will remain available to all our clients via phone and email.
- Our 24 hour crisis line is available for support –
This is a fluid moment in time, and we will keep you updated as the situation continues to develop.
In the meantime, we really want to say thank you for your unwavering support. Together, we can overcome this very challenging situation and come out of stronger and more united in our commonality than ever before.
Surrey Women’s Centre