Watari Counselling and Support Services

five people in masks pose outside in a garden with a wheelbarrow and rakes. The ground is wet and has leaves on it.
Formed in:  1986
Communities served:  

Adults living in BC, in particular who live in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, and agricultural migrant workers in the Fraser Valley and the Okanagan.

Funding Stream:

Community Counselling Fund

What This Grantee Is Doing for Community Counselling

Watari is a non-profit organization with a people-driven and social justice approach. CAI funds Watari's Community Counselling Team, a diverse group of counsellors with a broad range of professional and personal teachings and expertise. Watari's counsellors speak Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Hindu and Punjabi. All clients are welcomed at Watari as part of their continuum of care, regardless of their immigration status.

With a low-barrier outreach approach to counselling, Watari meets its clients where they are at by hosting pop-up vaccine and vaccine counselling clinics, tapping into the social nature of food and food sharing by hosting Vietnamese and Indigenous community kitchens, bringing people together in community gardens, holding Talking Circles, and other community-centered events. Counselling is embedded in Watari's holistic framework that also includes supports for housing, (re)building family relationships and finding a sense of belonging in their community.


200-678 East Hastings St, Vancouver, BC. V6A 1R1
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