We are a non-profit organization offering free and confidential services in twenty languages. We provide culturally responsive services to immigrant and visible minority women and their families who are experiencing family violence.
We are immigrant and visible minority women helping other visible and minority women by providing:
Free and confidential services
Advocacy, counselling, & support through our bi-lingual and bi-cultural workers continuity of support
You can help us support our programs and services by purchasing our purple umbrellas.
A purple umbrella signifies shelter against inclement weather. It is a temporary safe individualized protection used during a movement to a more permanent and stronger protection. It is a metaphor for the support that VLMFSS workers provide to women on their journey from a life of violence to a life of safety. Some supports withstand the length of time and some are brief. We hope these umbrellas will stand up to external pressures and provide protection for a long time.
You can support our programs and services by purchasing our purple umbrellas and designate your donation any combination of the following:
Founding Executive Director Shashi Assanand retires as leader of one of BC’s leading multicultural family support services organization
Ms. Assanand left Uganda as a refugee in 1972 when military dictator Idi Amin ordered all individuals of South Asian descent to leave the country. She experienced first-hand the unique challenges refugee, immigrant women and their families face in their new communities as she built a new life first in the UK and then in Canada. Ms. Assanand made it her career’s work to support and empower immigrant families and facilitate cultural awareness and competency amongst professionals to better serve and/or work with immigrant and refugee families. read more