Youth, Community and Family Services
Watari is a small registered ** social profit organization with a volunteer Board of Directors.
Our primary mission is to facilitate positive change in the lives of at-risk children, youth, their families and communities in the Downtown Eastside and the Greater Vancouver/Richmond areas.
Watari was registered as a charitable society in June 1986 as a small scale service offering individualized support services to high risk youth from mobile offices (cars). We then began operating out of RayCam Community Center in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver in 1989.
Watari now has two permanent locations in East Vancouver and operates 5 ongoing programs. Members of the community who access our services identify that substance misuse has been a problem in their own lives or in the lives of their families.
For a more detailed history of the agency, see Watari: a brief history .
** Watari attaches itself to a growing movement to redefine the non-profit or non-governmental organization field in positive terms by re-branding ourselves as "for-social-profit" organizations.
We seek to generate social profit through our activities by providing benefits to people in our communities. Rather than define ourselves by what we don't do as "not-for-financial-profit", we prefer to define ourselves affirmatively, as being "for-social-profit".
The for-social-profit movement is also closely linked to the concept of the "Triple Bottom Line", which has recently emerged and gained significant traction. This concept is about recognizing the Economic, Environmental, and Social profit that all organizations can theoretically produce.
- To provide opportunities that allow clients to see themselves as competent and capable.
- To deliver respectful, client-centred services.
- To empower clients by supporting relationships with other appropriate service providers and community members.
- To work within a community development model in order to address personal and collective change.
- To promote and participate actively in case management.
- To work collaboratively when providing prevention and education programs in response to community identified need.
- To develop and deliver accessible, community based training/education programs.
Watari Executive Director Michelle Fortin in the Vancouver Province, Friday, September 11, 2009
to facilitate positive change in at-risk children, youth, families and communities through the design and delivery of innovative services.
based on a belief in the individual's innate strengths, capabilities and desire for wellness. With an improved understanding of self and education about lifestyle options, a person can make life-affirming choices - regardless of past or present circumstances.
Make a Difference
We rely on the help and support of our community to make a difference in the lives of the people we encounter in our work. If you would like to make a difference you can donate online or contact the agency directly. ..read more..