Hope for Freedom Society (HFFS) has provided low-barrier services to the lower mainland and beyond since 1997. Our focus is on drug and alcohol addiction, homeless outreach and safe, seasonal shelters with an emphasis on Christian values and principles. We have worked with both men and women who are addicted, homeless and those at risk of homelessness. In many cases admissions had to be considered without regard to barriers – be they physical, psychological or spiritual. After a short time it became apparent that a successful strategy and philosophy could only be one that was truly holistic. Our approach has grown and evolved over time to adjust to changing trends in addictions and homelessness.
Our addictions recovery/rehabilitation program is residential and faith based. It allows clients to experience a phased, open-ended program. Phasing allows us to reintegrate clients back into the community slowly through predetermined stages including moving them through residences that provide increased levels of freedom and privileges. Moreover, each physical residence’s proximity to our early stage housing changes significantly. Our open-ended style of program affords for the transitioning back into the community by facilitating back-to-work or continued education initiatives without time constraints on the client’s length of residency.
This continuum of care model allows us to manage each client’s rehabilitation at a rate that is tailored exclusively to that individual. With this strategy a majority of our clients are not considered “at risk of homelessness” once they have completed the rehab program we currently offer.
Our outreach and advocacy team has operated in the Tri-Cities since 2006. The team’s job entails tracking the homeless population, providing assistance in the search for suitable housing, and follow-up on clients who have secured housing. Hope for Freedom Outreach and Advocacy also has the ability in some cases to subsidize rent for those we have housed.
Our extensive experience with the homeless and addicted has shown that the most identifiable barrier faced by many of our clients is addiction combined with mental illness. It is our strategy to be inclusive in working with clients suffering major barriers.