Where to Get Help

 
 

Information provided on this page is courtesy of the Comox Valley Resource Guide, published monthly by AHERO. 

INSIDE, COMPANY & A COFFEE

AIDS Vancouver Island

(250) 338-7400
355 6th Street – for registered clients only

  • Lounge, free coffee, needle exchange & condoms, peer support, counselling and referrals.

  • Mon – Thurs: 9am – 12pm (Closed for lunch from 12 – 12.30 & cheque day) No public washrooms available.

Alano Club

(250) 338-0041
543 6th Street – for the general public.

  • Drug/alcohol free environment

  • Café open to members and the general public.

  • Daily 12 step recovery meetings.

  • Open 7 days a week 8am – 3pm. Thursday evening dinner – doors open at 5pm - $11.50 for dinner and dessert. Menu for each week is updated to Facebook each Friday.

Comox Valley Head Injury Society

(250) 334-9225
102 - 254 Simms Street

  • For registered program participants: Free coffee and drop in, support groups, referral, practical support and programs for brain injury survivors, their families and caregivers.

  • Mon: 10am – 3pm, Tues - Thurs: 9am – 4pm

Comox Valley Transition Society

(250) 897-0511

  • (Women Only) Support, counselling, resources, referrals, information and employment program.

  • Mon – Fri: 9am – 4pm (closed for lunch 12 – 1pm)

St George’s Church – Sonshine Drop in for anyone

506 – 6th Street, Fitzgerald ramp entrance

  • Coffee, conversation and snacks.

  • Mon, Wed, Fri 9am – 11.30am


EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

The Salvation Army Cornerstone Community and Family Services

(250) 338-5133
#9-468 29th Street

  • Food (3-4 times a year), clothing, furniture and other emergency aid.

Salvation Army Programs:

  • Professional Development (Employment Skills), Personal Development (Life Skills) and Pastoral Care (Chaplaincy).

  • Mon – Thurs: 9am – 4.30pm (closed 12 – 1pm)

  • Appointments are required.

  • ID and proof of residence is required.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

(250) 334-0070

  • For everyone: food and other emergency aid.

Ministry of Social Development

1-866-866-0800
730 Grant Avenue

  • Applications for income assistance: To apply online: www.gov.bc.ca/sd/ Office hours: Mon – Fri: 9am – 4pm

  • Closed between noon and 1pm

  • Comox Valley KidSport 250-338-7714 kidsportcomox@gmail.com – supporting kids aged 18 and under by paying for registration and equipment in a sport. (Soccer, tennis, hockey, karate etc)


FREE FOOD

Lunch Mon - Fri

Sonshine Lunch Club

(250) 334-4961

  • 505 6th Street – St. George’s United Church

  • For everyone: free lunch & food to take.

  • Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs and Fri from 11.30am – 12.30pm

Lunch - Saturday

Good Samaritan Kitchen

(250) 334-2727
1640 Burgess Road, Courtenay

  • Soup & sandwich: Sat: 11.30am – 1pm

Meal – Sunday

Food not Bombs

  • Free hot meal every Sunday 3pm

  • 505 6th Street – St Georges United Church.

Comox Valley Transition Society

(250) 897-0511

  • Lunch for Women only

  • 625 England – Women Only

  • Provides light lunches Tue: 11.30am – 1.30pm along with providing free hygiene products.

St George’s Pantry

(250) 334-4961
505 6th Street – St. George’s United Church

  • Everyone: once every 4 weeks – free canned food.

  • Tue & Thurs: 9am – 11am

Comox Valley Food Bank

(250) 338-0615
#1 – 1491 McPhee Avenue

  • Bring your own grocery bags

  • Mon – Wed: 9.30am – 12pm, Fri: 9.30am – 11am

  • Thurs: distribution day: 9.30am – 1pm

  • Baked items and produce available daily

Good Samaritan Free Store

1640 Burgess Rd (trailer at rear)

  • Free clothing Tue, Thurs, Sat: 10.30am – 2pm

St. Vincent de Paul Society

(250) 334-0070

  • For everyone: food and other emergency aid.


Wachiay Advocacy

(250) 338-7793 ext. 229
1625B McPhee

  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thurs & Fri: 9am – 4pm

  • Closed between 12 – 1pm

  • Advocacy deals with tenancy, disability, CPP, appeals, tribunals, debt counselling and welfare, etc.

Legal Aid

(250) 897-1400
1625B McPhee

  • Intake – Tue: 9am – 11am & 1pm – 3pm, Thurs: 1pm – 3pm. Bring proof of income, copy of Charge or Order/Agt.

  • Family LawLINE 1-866-577-2525

  • Mon, Tue, Thurs, Fri: 9.30am – 3pm, Wed: 9.30am – 2.30pm

  • Information regarding Family Law

Life-Long Learning Centre
(250) 338-9906
1507a McPhee Avenue, Courtenay

Comox Valley Transition Society

(250) 897-0511
Legal information and support services for women.

Sasamans Society

(250) 650-2547
1625B McPhee Avenue, Courtenay

  • Advocacy for families involved with or potentially involved with MCFD.


MEDICAL & HEALTHCARE

St. Joseph’s Hospital (24 hours)

(250) 339-2242

  • For everyone with BC or other provincial medical coverage.

  • Emergency medical and psychiatric care.

Washington Park Medical Clinic

(250) 334-9241
757 Ryan Road, Courtenay

  • For everyone with a BC Care Card.

  • Walk in: Mon – Thurs: 8am -9pm, Fri: 8am – 6pm,

  • Sat: 9am – 6pm, Sun: 9am – 5pm

CV Walk In Clinic

(250) 898-0202 (information line only)
3199 Cliffe – (inside Wal-Mart)

  • For everyone with a BC Care Card. Walk in: 7 days a week:

  • Mon – Thurs: 9am – 8pm, Fri: 9am 6pm, Sat – Sun: 10am – 5pm, Stat Holidays: 10am – 3pm

Care-A-Van Comox Bay Care Society

  • Mobile free healthcare services by professionals. Confidential services, health care card not needed.

CV Nursing Centre (VIHA)

(250) 331-8502
615 10th, Courtenay

  • Nurse assessment and help finding the right resource, information, referral and support.

  • Drop in: Mon, Wed, and Friday 1pm – 4pm

Eureka Support Society

(250) 334-4035
280 4th, Courtenay

  • Admission is by referral

  • Support for adults with mental illness and addictions

Public Health (VIHA)

(250) 331-8520
961 England, Courtenay

  • STD, HIV, Hep C testing, information and some STD treatment offered.

AIDS Vancouver Island

(250) 338-7400
355 6th, Courtenay

  • Persons affected or at risk of HIV/Hep C

  • Needle exchange: available through the alley during regular business hours, also available Fri: 10am – 3pm

  • Nurse available: Tue: 9am – 11.30am

  • Public Health Nurse: Mon: 10 – 12noon for STD testing and immunization.

Home and Community Care Central Intake

(250) 331-8570 or 1-866-928-4988

  • Information on Social Work, Rehab Services, Home Support, Home Care Nursing, Case Management, Ambulatory clinic.

Better at Home Comox Valley

lori@hornbydenmanhealth.com

  • Provides non-medical services to seniors to support them in staying in their own homes. Call for details, services offered on a sliding scale.


CRISIS INFORMATION & SUPPORT

One-Stop Drop In

(250) 331-8502
615 10th, Courtenay

  • CV Nursing Centre. The 2nd Friday of each month: 1pm – 4pm.

  • Connect with food, shelter, advocacy & health care.

Crisis Intervention Nurse

1-888-494-3888

  • Access through Crisis line – for everyone

  • Mon – Fri: 8am – 6pm, Sat & Sun: 9.30am – 5pm

Vancouver Island Crisis Line

1-888-494-3888

  • Support for everyone, suicide assessment and access to Crisis Intervention Nurse.

  • Crisis Chat 6pm – 10pm daily www.vicrisis.ca

  • Crisis Text 6pm – 10pm daily 250-800-3806

CV RCMP Victim Services

(250) 334-5979

  • Support, referral, information for victims of crime and trauma.

CV Understanding Men

(250) 331-8502
615 10th Courtenay

  • One on one support available for men.

  • Drop in - Thurs and Fri: 1 – 4pm

Help Line for Children (24 hours)

(250) 310-1234

  • For children and youth who feel they are in danger.

Lilli House (24 hours)

(250) 338-1227 (Women Only)

  • Crisis line for women in abusive situations.

RCMP non-emergency: 250-338-1321, emergency: 911

Victim LINK (24 hours)

1-800-563-0808

  • Help and information for victims of family sexual violence and other crimes.

Wachiay Friendship Centre

(250) 338-7793
1625B McPhee, Courtenay

  • Youth programs, homeless support, advocacy, employment and recreation.

  • Mon – Thurs: 9am – 4.30pm & Fri: 9am – 4pm

Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society - Residential Housing Program

(250) 890-9165

  • Support Referrals and information about housing for homeless persons.

Youth against Violence Line 1-800-680-4264

Provincial Suicide Distress Line 1-800-784-2433, (1-800-SUICIDE)

Mental Health Support & Info Line 310-6789

AA Answering Service

(250) 338-8042

  • AA Meeting times, 12 step calls etc.

Comox Valley Pregnancy Care Centre

(250) 334-0058
NEW ADDRESS: #4-204 Island Hwy North (Braidwood Centre)

  • 11am – 4pm Mon – Fri

  • Free pregnancy tests and peer options counselling.

  • Free clothing room for maternity wear and baby clothes

Comox Valley Peer Counselling Society

(250) 871-5940
491-B 4th Street, Courtenay

  • Mon – Fri: 9am – 2pm Peer Counselling, Caregiver Support


EMERGENCY SHELTER

The Salvation Army “Pidcock House”

250-338-2533
632 Pidcock Avenue, Courtenay 

  • 24/hr. Adult Emergency Shelter

Lilli House

(250) 338-1227

  • For women and their children needing shelter from abuse. Provides shelter and support.


EMERGENCY PET FOSTERING

Shamrock Vet Clinic

(250) 339-2026


MENTAL HEALTH &/OR ADDICTIONS

CV Mental Health and Substance Use

(250) 331-8524
941C England, Courtenay

  • For adults 19 years +

  • Counselling, referral and support groups

  • Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 4.30pm

John Howard Society

(250) 338-7341
1455 Cliffe, Courtenay

  • For youth and their families.

  • Assessment, support, treatment and one to one counselling.

  • Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 12 noon, 1pm – 4.30pm


BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program

1-888-795-6111 (24 hrs) 
www.bcresponsiblegambling.ca