Service Changes in Response to COVID-19

Service Changes to Peers Until the End of March 2020, Effective March 17th, 2020

Due to the COVID 19 virus, we are reorienting our services to increase social distancing. Our aim is to decrease contacts while still having opportunities to connect and receive basic supplies.  Right now, the schedule for drop off supplies is Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Phone support and texts can be received daily.

Drop In: Services at the drop in centre will be by appointment or door service Monday Wednesday and Friday from 11-1. We will have food, harm reduction supplies and bus tickets to hand out, but we are discouraging folks from entering the centre unless it is an emergency.

Night Outreach:  We will not be taking the van out due to the difficulty with social distancing in that setting but night outreach staff will help with supply delivery.  The night outreach phone will be checked Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings for requests for harm reduction supply and food delivery.

Housing and Harm Reduction Outreach: Staff can be reached by phone during their usual hours and we will be providing phone support and arranging drop off harm reduction and food (and other essentials).

There will be NO GROUPS at Peers Victoria including SACRED, Men’s Dinner, Indoor, and Trans and Non-Binary, Night Outreach, Drop in until further notice.

Counselling:     Carin will be available for counselling sessions as usual during this time, but will be switching to phone only. Sessions can be booked by contacting Carin via email at carinfreimond@protonmail.com Usual hours are Mon-Thurs from 11am-3pm. Sessions outside of these hours may be possible as well, so people can inquire when they email if these hours don’t work for them.

Phone Numbers:

Housing: 250.415.1874 Answered Monday to Thursday 10-4; text anytime

Harm Reduction: 250.217.0410 Answered Monday to Thursday 10-4; text anytime

Prevention: 250.217.5937 Tuesday to Thursday 12-4; text anytime

Men’s Program 250.217.1386 Answered Monday to Thursday 10-4; text anytime

Phone: Night Outreach 250.744.0171 Answered Monday, Wednesday and Friday 11-1:30

Volunteers and Students: All volunteer and student shifts are cancelled until further notice.

Facebook: There will be a Peers Facebook group that is monitored by several staff.  We also welcome messages via Facebook.

Email:

housing@peers.bc.ca / dropin@peers.bc.ca / outreach@peers.bc.ca / health@peers.bc.ca 

For More Info about COVID 19: https://www.islandhealth.ca/learn-about-health/diseases-conditions/novel-coronavirus-information