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PRESS RELEASE – Foundry Surrey
Foundry Surrey Secures a Site in North Surrey
The new Foundry centre will provide services to youth and families across Surrey soon.
SURREY – Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS), Foundry, and Fraser Health are pleased to announce that Foundry Surrey has secured a site in the heart of Surrey downtown. The Foundry Surrey centre will be housed at 10280 City Parkway, neighbouring Central City Mall, City Centre Library, university campuses, Holland Park, Surrey Central Skytrain Station, major bus loops, and many other public amenities. Foundry Surrey will serve the community of Surrey, which is on the lands of the traditional, ancestral and unceded shared territories of the q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), q̓ʷɑ: n̓ƛ̓ən̓ (Kwantlen), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem) [kwee-kwet- lum], Semiahmoo (semi-ah-moo) and sc̓əwaθən məsteyəxʷ (Tsawwassen) [tsa-wah-sen]) First Nations.
Foundry Surrey will provide young people between the ages of 12 and 24, along with their families, free and confidential health, and wellness services in one convenient location. Foundry Surrey is a community-led initiative that sees the community as the experts and is governed by community partners, youth, and families on its leadership tables.
Foundry is removing barriers and increasing access to quality care through our province-wide network of integrated wellness centres for young people ages 12 to 24 and their caregivers. By bringing together mental health care, substance use services, primary and sexual health care, youth and family peer support, and social services, Foundry makes it easier for young people to find support in their communities. Foundry is possible because of meaningful partnerships with government, youth and family engagement, donor support, and collaboration with community organizations.
Pacific Community Resources Society (PCRS) has a 38-year history of providing a breadth of quality, accredited social services across British Columbia, including education, employment, housing, substance use, mental health, and youth and family support services. PCRS’ values (advocacy, diversity & inclusion, empowerment, service excellence, stewardship, and well-being) guide our work and help us, with our partners, to identify gaps in service, advocate and find innovative solutions to address complex social problems. PCRS is proud to be the lead agency for Foundry Surrey and is thankful for the strong partnerships and community governance that have led the work over the 18 months.
Fraser Health is responsible for providing quality health care services to the people of Surrey. This includes long-term care and assisted living, public health, home health, end-of-life care, mental health and substance use support, along with specialized programs for children, women, and Indigenous people. They will provide several mental health and substance use services for youth and families out of the Foundry site and are excited to be part of this exciting project.
Foundry Surrey’s vision, informed by youth, families, and our community partners, is to be “a safe and inclusive place where young people and families find flexible, accessible, non-judgmental support and care to meet their needs.” Foundry Surrey will provide five core services: primary health, mental health supports, substance use supports, social services, and peer supports.
Enhancing support for youth living with mental health and substance use needs is an integral part of A Pathway to Hope, B.C.’s roadmap for building the comprehensive system of care that British Columbians deserve. A Foundry in Surrey would mean getting youth and caregivers in Surrey accessible, flexible, and non-judgmental care that meets them where they are at. We look forward to getting our doors open soon to provide these much-needed services and support for the community of Surrey.
“We are grateful for our partnerships with Foundry and Fraser Health, and with our Youth, Family and Community Leadership Tables who have patiently supported the work of bringing Foundry to Surrey. After an extensive 18-month site search, we are thrilled to move forward in creating a youth-friendly space where young people can access the supports, they need to thrive.”
– Debbie Anderson Eng, Chief Executive Officer, Pacific Community Resources Society
“When young people make the courageous decision to reach out for help, they need access to supports right in their own community,” said Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. “I’m pleased that Foundry Surrey will soon be able to provide much-needed mental health, wellness and substance use supports for youth in Surrey and the surrounding area.”
– Minister Malcolmson, Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions
“Thanks to the commitment of the Foundry Surrey team and specifically lead agency PCRS and the Fraser Health the location for Foundry Surrey has now been identified. We’re excited to continue to work with the Foundry Surrey team to open the centre and support young people in Surrey and those who care for them to have access to health and wellness services.”
– Dr Steve Mathias, Executive Director, Foundry Central Office
“Supporting youth, particularly those who are vulnerable, in accessing wraparound services that meet their health needs requires collaboration and out-of-the-box thinking to ensure we are delivering these services in a patient-centred manner. I am pleased the new Foundry Surrey will give young people and their families access to primary care, mental health and substance use supports, and social services under one roof at a central location in Surrey. Thank you to the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, Pacific Community Resources Society, and Foundry for your partnership in bringing this important project to life.”
– Dr. Victoria Lee, President and CEO, Fraser Health