Aunt Leah’s offers four main areas of support services in Metro Vancouver for youth and young moms to help them transition to independent living.
The housing we provide consists of semi-independent living suites, as well as communal living for young single moms and their babies.
Job Training opportunities are available for work in restaurants, retail stores, and landscaping. Training includes work experience, help with resumes, interviewing and finding jobs for youth.
Life Skills Training
We teach basic life management skills necessary for independent living, including banking, budgeting, health and well-being, laundry, cleaning, shopping, and cooking.
Quality of Life Opportunities
In addition to the necessities, we provide Quality of Life Opportunities (participation in activities that add meaning to life), such as personal celebrations, recreation and group outings.
In a nutshell: We provide safe, secure housing and programs that give young people the practical skills they need to make a successful transition to adulthood and independence.
In addition, we provide young moms with housing in a supportive and home-like setting. We help teen moms — in foster care themselves — learn how to care for their babies and themselves, so they can go on to live independently and raise their child as they grow into self-sufficient adults and loving, competent parents.
By supporting young people at this crucial time we help them learn to take responsibility for themselves and build the life they choose rather than the one that has been prescribed. More than three-quarters of the youth Aunt Leah’s helped last year moved forward into work, education or training.