In 2015, an innovative new way of supporting BC’s young people was piloted in Vancouver. Instead of forcing people to seek social services, primary, sexual and mental health care in separate places, Foundry Vancouver wrapped core services around the individual — a method that brought extremely positive results.
“Foundry is a proven program with clear results across the province. We knew that youth in Terrace needed it right away, so we adapted part of the TDCSS building into an interim space,” says Michael McFetridge, Executive Director of TDCSS.
Now TDCSS (Terrace & District Community Services Society) is raising funds for a new, purpose-built Foundry building, so young people in the community can receive the full breadth of services and supports.
How Foundry works
Foundry’s mission is to support young people in living a good life. The phrase ‘living a good life’ was inspired by First Nations and Métis youth who participated in a Talking Circle with Foundry, and it acknowledges the diverse nature, experiences and perspectives of health and wellness.
At Foundry Terrace, young people ages 12 to 24 can access a variety of services, both in-person and through phone and internet support. All services are free. Contact the Foundry Terrace office once, and you’ll be connected to a wide range of supports:
- Clinical counselling (by appointment)
- Walk-in counselling (drop-in available)
- Youth and family peer support
- Youth groups
- Community Health Nurse and Intensive Case Management Nurse
- Nurse Practitioner
- Foundry Works employment training
- Much more, just ask!
Removing barriers to care
Accessing help can often be confusing and time consuming. Finding the right professional can take a long time and many failed attempts. Once you find the right service, you may be put on a long waitlist before receiving care, or you may have to wait until your symptoms are severe. Foundry removes those barriers, and wraps young people in support.
Youth today face a challenging world: a global pandemic, systemic racism, a climate in crisis, toxic drugs, a changing job market. Foundry makes it a little easier to cope.
Community members are welcome to visit the interim Foundry Terrace site to better understand the current successes and future needs, and find out more about the new build. Learn more at foundrybc.ca/terrace, at facebook.com/TDCSS, and @foundry_terrace on Facebook and Instagram. Visit https://tdcss.ca/foundry to donate.