Street Outreach

STREET OUTREACH – CHILLIWACK

Our Chilliwack Outreach team is out in the community 5 days a week (Monday – Friday) meeting youth and connecting them to local services. The goal of our street outreach team is to promote safety, stability, and direct youth toward housing. Our outreach team ensures youth have access to basic and essential needs. Cyrus Centre partners with a variety of different organizations and service providers within the community to offer a wide range of support and services..

S.W.I.F.T. PROGRAM– ABBOTSFORD

The SWIFT Program is a joint partnership between the City of Abbotsford, the Abbotsford Police Department, the Ministry of Children and Family Development, and Cyrus Centre which aims to bring three levels of service and response together to support at-risk youth, aged 13 to 24, and respond to known unsafe circumstances, people, and potential living situations, including homelessness. 

Due to the vulnerability of youth, at-risk youth in Abbotsford often intersect with homelessness, substance use and mental health challenges, street disorder, educational challenges, exploitation, and poverty. Prevention and response are often considered as two different areas to address, and as such providing continuity of care for vulnerable youth can be problematic and insufficient to meet their complex needs, which the SWIFT Program aims to address. 

Through its coordinated partnership, the SWIFT Program can connect unattached at-risk youth to a variety of services, respond to victimization, exploitation, and abuse, provide basic needs including food, harm-reduction, and housing, and identify already-established resources to help at-risk youth build on successes.

The program is funded thanks to the Strengthening Communities’ Services grant received by the City of Abbotsford. The Strengthening Communities’ Services grant is funded by the Province of BC and the Government of Canada and administered by the Union of BC Municipalities.