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Going to Forward House meant I was able to get out of my own house, where I was bottled up with my fear and shame and hopelessness. At Forward House I realized that I was not alone in my suffering, and for the first time an element of hope shined through like a beacon on a foggy night.
— Former Forward House Client

Healthy Meals 

Drop by Forward House Monday through Saturday and you'll find a group of people gathered around our kitchen table enjoying an affordable home-style meal. With a priority on healthy eating and nutrition, our team serves six lunches and three dinners ($2.50 lunches/$3.00 dinners) every week to our clients. Whether it's soup and sandwich or a hearty beef lasagna, we know that time spent sharing a meal around the kitchen table feeds both body and soul. Our cooking and baking classes and education sessions in grocery shopping, nutrition and meal preparation equip our clients with everything they need to make healthy eating a part of their daily routine. 

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Recreation 

Life should include fun. At Forward House, we love to hear everyone laughing and enjoying each others' company. Through daily recreation programs, clients participate in activities, build teamwork skills, learn about our local community and socialize together. Some of our favourite activities include games nights, beach walks, movie nights, bocce and croquet in the back yard, museum and gallery tours, visits to local coffee houses, and much more. 

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Education  

People who are equipped with relevant information and the opportunity to discuss ideas are empowered to heal, grow and thrive. Forward House discussion groups are some of our most popular weekly classes. They help our clients grow in areas such as communication, self awareness, personal wellness, arts, and literature. Our regular life skills classes and special topic presentations make Forward House a hub of education and resources for our clients.

Forward House is an essential part of our community. There is so much stigmatization in the whole world. We’re so lucky to live in Canada, and we’re so lucky to live in this community and to have this place. I am very grateful. Here I have the freedom to be myself.
— Forward House Client
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Young Adult Drop-In  

Every Monday and Friday, a group of young adults gathers at Forward House. Together, we navigate the world of anxiety, depression and other mental health challenges through conversation, activities and fun community outings specifically designed for young people. Young adults are an important part of our Forward House family.

Expressive Therapies 

Unlocking creativity through movement, art and music is one of the best ways to build mental wellness. Through activities such as arts and crafts, yoga, writing circle, music, discussions and more, our clients develop skills and learn to express themselves in new ways. We have many creative artists in our community - check out some of their work here.  

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Vocational Rehabilitation 

Working and volunteering are important ways for our clients to give back to the community, build social skills and live independently. At Forward House, we provide our clients with two unique opportunities to do just that:

  1. Lawn Services Crew - Our big black truck zips around town with a dedicated, friendly team of client-employees who provide year-round lawn care services to business, organizations, and private homes. Our services include mowing, trimming, edging, weeding, garbage removal and gutter cleaning. Our teams provide affordable and professional service in Parksville, Qualicum Beach, Errington, Coombs, and Nanoose.                                     Call 250-954-0785 today for a free estimate. 
  2. ACE Program - Through this program, many of our clients volunteer in the community or at Forward House.  Our ACE clients provide services such as delivering educational programs, cleaning houses, gardening, and providing companionship. They receive a small monthly stipend to cover their expenses. Forward House's ACE Program participants contribute valuable time, energy, and skills to our community.
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Client Support Groups

Peer support and guided discussion come together to support specific needs of diverse groups. Forward House offers Women's Group and Men's Group on a weekly basis, as well as a Narcotics Anonymous (NA) group for individuals needing support for substance use challenges. See our activities calendar below for more information.

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Caregiver Support Groups

Navigating mental health issues with someone close to you can be challenging. Our Families Forward support groups provide caregivers with a unique opportunity to share their experiences, be refreshed and encouraged, and access the tools and resources they need to advocate for their loved ones. We support family members, friends, co-workers, and acquaintances of individuals with mental health challenges.