2020 Project:

The Y's Young Moms Program at the Kiwanis Family Centre

Help single moms and their young kids get the housing & help they need.

Due to COVID this project has been extended from April to Oct, 2020

The Program

The Y’s Young Moms Program at the Kiwanis Young Family Centre offers safe, affordable and supported housing opportunities for single mothers aged 16-29 with children up to the age of 5. With full time staff providing a variety of programs for the residents and community, Y-Young Moms Program creates the foundation that young single mothers facing many personal challenges can build a stable new beginning for themselves and their little ones upon. 

The programs include:

  • Counselling
  • Parenting Support
  • Education and pre-employment training
  • Community and parenting resource referrals
  • Advocacy
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Activity groups for parents, children and youth
  • Weekly young parent drop-ins

The Project

Like many local charity spaces, Kiwanis Young Family Centre is overdue for a massive renovation that will see the space get caught up on some much needed TLC and increase its capacity to offer support to more young moms long into the future.

The transformation of Kiwanis Young Family Centre will include:

  • Design and construction of two brand-new 2-bedroom basement suites. This will increase Young Moms’ occupancy by 25%.
  • Re-furbish and re-fresh of the 8 existing suites.
  • Design and build a better family free store.
  • Design and construct a nature playground.
  • Re-designed front landscape to maximize parking for staff and residents.
  • Repair and upgrade a laundry list of worn and weathered details around the building.
  • Apply the “HeroWork touch” to entire property. If you have been a part of a Radical Renovation, you know what we mean!


2652 Cook Street, in Victoria.


We'll complete a $600K
renovation and transform
the Kiwanis Family Center!

Here's how you can help:

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About YMCW/YWCA of Van Isl

About the YMCA/YWCA of Van Isl

Since 1875, the Vancouver Island Y has been supporting healthy individuals building strong communities, as a continuing member of both the YMCA and YWCA federations.

In addition to the Young Mom’s program at Kiwanis House, we operate another housing initiative for youth at risk with Victoria Cool Aid Society on Pandora Street, and a variety of programs broadly categorized under community health, youth learning & leadership development or outdoor activities. With approximately 24,000 members, the Y currently has 3 health & fitness facilities with licenced childcare centres, a 1200 acre wilderness experience at Camp Thunderbird, and we remotely deliver initiatives across the Island including Y-Mind supporting mental wellness for youth, and the annual Power of Being a Girl event.

The Vancouver Island Y builds strong communities by improving the health, fitness and well-being of individuals and families. We nurture the potential of youth, promote equality and provide opportunities for giving back.

About Kiwanis Club of Victoria

About Kiwanis Club of Victoria

Since Jan. 20, 1919, the Kiwanis Club of Victoria has had a host of projects over the years benefiting youth, families, and seniors. For example, the Young Mom’s Program operates out of Kiwanis House, a home for young moms escaping addiction and abuse; this is a great partnership between Victoria Kiwanis and the YMCA-YWCA. (A centennial year highlight for the club will be renovating Kiwanis House to allow two more families to receive services, through a partnership with HeroWork.)

We also have the Kiwanis Emergency Youth Shelter – Greater Victoria’s only youth shelter – which is operated through a partnership with the Youth Empowerment Society. Our support for youth includes youth leadership programs at the high school and university levels, a student recognition program that has been held annually since 1974, and the student crossing guard program that has been in local schools since 1936. We also provide low income housing to hundreds of families and seniors and much more.

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Great to see all the amazing effort that's gone into this transformation and kudos to everyone who stepped in to help others.

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