Reopening Updates

Updated January 17, 2020

We will be gradually increasing our programming services out of our New Westminster office starting this week.

Aunt Leah’s is following the advice and direction of Fraser Health and Worksafe BC to ensure the safety of our youth and families as well as our staff. This means that Aunt Leah’s is still providing the same supports, by the same people in the same location but we need to do it a bit differently now, and it’s going to feel strange at first, and hard to remember the new rules. Staff are gently and kindly reminding each other when we forget the new way we need to work and they will gently and kindly remind you if you forget.

One way it will feel different is that all our staff won’t be in the office anymore and many of our programs will have meetings online.

Aunt Leah’s Office is re-opening on June 16 for youth and families to make in person appointments with staff on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10AM to 4 PM. Please call your Support Worker to make an appointment in the office with them, or you can call our front desk 604-525-1204 and Sidney will help you connect with your Support Worker.

The food programming on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays will continue where you can come and pick up some groceries. Hot meals to go will continue on Wednesdays and Sundays.

Later on this month we hope to open up our drop in services and expand the days for appointments to be scheduled. Stay tuned for updates on this and other changes as we gradually increase our program services.

We are looking forward to seeing you and welcoming you back into our space!

Program Schedules and Updates

  • Emergency Food Pick-up Times:
    – Monday 12:00-2:00PM
    – Wednesday 3:00-5:00
    – Friday 12:00-2:00PM

  • Sunday Haven –  it is still happening  in a modified version.
      • On Sunday please come no earlier than 4 pm.
      • Dinner will be at 4:30.
        • We will be handing out your dinner and food bank food through the Kitchen door. On paper plates if you want to eat right away or in take out containers if you want to take it home
        • The building will be closed but there will be a Link worker if you need to get your mail or cheques and transit tickets. Washrooms will be available.
        • Dan’s Legacy’s counsellor’s can do phone sessions Read More
  • Mental Health Support – Dan’s Legacy is committed to providing critical counselling and wrap-around supports.
    • The gym program has been put on hold temporarily. Youth involved in the program are being encouraged to power walk, run or cycle. Our therapist will spend time with some of the more at-risk youth, accompanying them on walks.supports during this crisis.
    • Counselling staff who exhibit symptoms of colds or flu will self-quarantine and connect virtually with clients (phone, Skype, Facebook, etc.) The remaining therapists are working with their clients safely, accepting new clients and providing on call services to participating hospital emergency departments.
    • If you are between 15 and 25 years old and are feeling that your mental health is at risk because of anxiety or depression, you are welcome to contact us:
  • Moms and Babies Group–  meets virtually at 3 PM via Zoom. For more information, please contact Nubia Mancilla at or (778) 874-7676
  • The Sharing Circle  meets virtually on Mondays from 1 – 2:30 PM via Zoom.  Join us to share, ground, heal and connect. Please email Autumn Moreno at for more details and to sign-up. View poster
  • Essential Skills Workshops – Due to the drop in nature of our Wednesday workshops, and the unpredictability in attendance, Essential Skills Workshops will be cancelled until further notice. Participants are still welcome to receive a warm meal for take-out, between 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM, while quantity lasts. Read More
  • Clinic – Our Family Nurse Practitioner will not be coming to the Aunt Leah’s office until further notice.  You can call the Indigenous Health and Wellness Clinic at 604-283-3293 during weekdays to make an appointment. The clinic is located at A101- 10095 Whalley Blvd Surrey BC V3T 4G1.
  • Bootstraps Retail Training is accepting new participants. Bootstraps staff is available by phone and email to support youth to work on employment and training goals and be a listening ear. Retail training is a 10-week paid employment program for youth in and from care. Youth must commit to 6 hours per week (2 shifts). This program is a hybrid training opportunity that incorporates hands-on learning at Aunt Leah’s Donations Centre and innovative online training. Start Date: July 6th – Sept. 7th. See flyer here or contact Chris at 778-773-0298 or

  • Tutoring: Our tutoring partner, Frontier College, will be suspending all programs for at least 3 weeks starting March 16th 2020. For the time being, the SEFFY team staff can provide limited one-on-one support for youth who wish for tutoring support at our office, provided that both staff and youth are not exhibiting sign of illness.
  • Branches AYA Life Skills Program is accepting new participants.

Link Virtual Program Schedule

Join us via Zoom every Thursday at 1 PM  for some fun and creative workshops. To register and find out more information, please contact Dana Rowland  at or by phone at 604-818-2364

  • June 18th- Bath Bombs and Self Care
      • Talk about the importance of self care & what that can look like
      • Make a homemade bath bombs that to use in your tub, or in a bin of warm water for your feet
  • June 25th – Turbotax Tutorial – Staff will lead a simple tutorial on how to use turbo tax while sharing their screen on zoom while they walk participants through the process of using turbo tax
  • July 2nd – Macrame Wall Hanging & Creating a Home- Learn how to create a simple macrame wall hanging to decorate your home and the importance of creating a space that feels safe and welcoming
  • July 9th – Cooking: Spaghetti and Garlic Bread- Participants will pick up ingredient packages in the week prior and staff will lead participants in making a simple spaghetti and garlic bread dinner

  • July 16th – Plants: Craft & Care- Participants will pick up supply packages in the week prior. Staff will lead an activity of painting the flower pots provided and then teach on how to transplant the plant in to the pot and how to care for it. Staff will talk about the positive benefits of having plants in the home

  • July 23rd – Fitness: Movement & Stretching- Staff will lead a simple at-home/ no supplies needed workout and stretching routine as well as talk about the importance of movement and taking care of our bodies

  • July 30th – Baking: Chocolate Chip Cookies- Participants to pick up supply packages at the office in the week prior. Staff will lead a tutorial on how to do a simple cookie recipe from start to finish. Talk about balance in what foods we are eating and the value of doing activities, and eating foods that are enjoyable.
  • Aug 6th – Vision Boards and Goal Setting- Staff will share the importance of goal setting and lead the participants in brainstorming some potential goals and creating vision boards that reflect that.

Emergency Resources – 24 Hours Service

  • Crisis Line: 604-872-3311
  • Helpline for Children: 310-1234
  • BC Suicide Line: 1-800-784-2433
  • Mental Health Support Line: 310-6789
  • Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868
  • BC211 Resource Directory: 211 ( )

Technology & Educational  Resources

  • You can gain complimentary Shaw Go WiFi access on your smartphone, laptop, tablet or mobile device by selecting WiFi and then choosing the ShawGo network option. A full list of locations is available at or by downloading the Shaw Go WiFi Finder App
  • Keep Learning is the online portal from the BC Ministry of Education.  It provides suggestions for parents and caregivers to keep their children learning at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • While school facilities are closed and move to virtual learning, Shaw has partnered with global education technology leader EVERFI to provide a free virtual education hub that all Canadians can access to support students, parents and teachers with additional virtual education resources for students K-12.

    Signing up (for free) with these four steps:

    1. Visit the EVERFI K-12 Family Portal  
    2. Select your Province and child’s school to create a profile
    3. Receive access to all courses available to your school.
    4. Check out the learning resource guide here to plan appropriate courses
  • Volunteers –  We have suspended our volunteer program, but will be updating prospective volunteers as to when we can safely use their help again.  If you want to learn more about the volunteering opportunities with Aunt Leah’s and leave your name, please visit our Volunteer page

Thrift Store Updates

  •  Aunt Leah’s Thrift store is accepting furniture donations at the warehouse by appointment only on Wednesdays and Fridays between 10AM and 3 PM. Please visit our Thrift Store page and fill out the form if you are interested in donating furniture at this time.

  • Our store is moving to a new location in October.  In the meantime, we are working hard to build an online store. Stay tuned for the big launch and the reopening in our new store!
  • Our youth and families can make arrangements through their Support Worker to access emergency household items and have them delivered to their homes.


  • Trivia Night Extravaganza – cancelled

  • Plates of Possibility- Planning for a virtual event is underway. Updates will be posted as we have more details.

 You can stay healthy and prevent the spread of infections by:

  • washing your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds;
  • carry hand sanitizer if you have it and use it when you can’t have access to soap and water
  • avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands;
  • avoiding close contact with people who are sick;
  • coughing or sneezing into your sleeve and not your hands;
  • avoiding crowded situations
  • staying home if you are sick to avoid spreading illness to others; Call ahead before visiting your doctor.

For health questions or concerns, please contact your family doctor, a public health service or the HealthLinkBC helpline (dial: 8-1-1)

You can call 1-888-COVID19 for non-medical information on the virus covering everything from travel recommendations to social distancing. The new line should “allow 811 healthcare professionals to support more people who are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms or who require assistance with other health issues. The line will be manned by service representatives from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, and information will be provided in more than 110 languages.You can alternatively text 604-630-0300 for COVID-19 information.

COVID-19 Updates and resources

 We encourage everyone to stay informed about the facts surrounding COVID-19 and recommend the following   links to qualified authorities: