NEW Peer Assisted Care Team (PACT)

The Lower Mainland Purpose Society is pleased to announce the launch of the Peer Assisted Care Team (PACT) in the City of New Westminster. 

PACT is a mobile, community-led team that offers support to individuals experiencing a mental health and/or substance use crisis. PACT is an alternative or auxiliary response to police intervention, providing crisis support that focuses on prevention, health and well-being.

Our mobile team, comprised of a Mental Health Worker and a Peer Support Worker (someone with lived or living experience), will attend to crisis calls during scheduled service hours. This type of community initiative looks to respond to the needs of individuals most impacted by mental health and substance use, especially those who are marginalized and/or at higher risk of experiencing distress or criminalization from police contact.

How we can help:
– Offer support to an individual or their loved one over the phone or in-person
– Provide crisis counselling and de-escalation
– Facilitate connections to the appropriate resources, services and supports in the community to meet an individual’s underlying needs
– Provide advocacy and accompaniment to emergency departments, police stations, or community organizations
– Provide short-term follow-up care after a crisis event

PACT services are available to callers aged 13+ and adults living in the city of New Westminster.

Hours of operation: 12:00pm – 8:00pm, 7 days/week

Contact number: 778.727.3909

For any additional questions regarding PACT, please contact:
Nicole Sto Tomas, PACT Program Coordinator/Case Manager at nicole.stotomas@purposesociety.org

Recruiting for the Society Board

Since 2005 we have been working to address homelessness issues in the City, first as a Coalition and then as a Society when we incorporated in 2012. Our vision is a community where everyone experiences a socially just quality of life. Our long-term mission is to collaborate, educate, and act to ensure access to healthy safe housing and supportive services. Our member organizations deliver housing, outreach, food, job training, crisis intervention, financial assistance, and programming for individuals, families, youth and seniors. They witness first-hand the day-to-day challenges of poverty and homelessness in our community. This connection and awareness allows us to work together to support our most vulnerable.

The Society, in recognition of its history as a Coalition, strives to ensure that a diversity of agencies/organizations and community members sit as Board members. Additionally, we strive to include representation from organizations/community members representing different demographics (i.e., women, families, youth, seniors, men, newcomers, BIPOC, LGBTQ2S+, etc.) and issues (i.e., housing, health, addictions, food security, etc.). We are interested in individuals who are knowledgeable about the community, can serve as a link to the community, and are interested in sharing their time and expertise to support society operations.

Our next AGM is on September 29, 2022. We will be meeting with those who express interest in joining the Board in early August.

If you have any questions, please contact Dave Brown at dave.brown@lookoutsociety.ca