Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women

What is the Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women?

The Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women as part of the Circle of Eagles Lodge Society, designs, delivers, coordinates and evaluates programs and services which support and provide a nurturing and safe environment that encourages positive changes for Indigenous women that are in need of our services and we assist in their healing journey; whilst maintaining culturally appropriate care.  It recognizes homelessness and accepts Homeless Indigenous women, including Indigenous women whom are at imminent risk of homelessness, and chronically & episodically homeless women.

It is a Community Residential Facility for women who leaving Federal Institutions, as well as for women who are homeless and in need of shelter.  The Circle of Eagles Lodge Society opened Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women for homeless women in March of 2001.  It has been available to women in transition since that time.  

On April 1st, 2004, the Circle of Eagles Lodge Society entered into a contract with the Corrections Services Canada and It currently has eight (8) beds for women who are at some stage of involvement with the Correctional System (day parole, full parole, statutory release, the Electronic Monitoring Program, probation or bail), and offers a structured, supportive environment for their reintegration into society.

The residence itself is located in a beautifully renovated facility to provide a home-like atmosphere.  There are ten individual rooms, two living rooms, a large kitchen and dining room, a common room for the Sisters, laundry facilities, and three washrooms.

 Who is eligible to live there?

Referrals are accepted from correctional institutions, alcohol and drug programs within institutions, the courts, and other resources.  Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women also accepts self-referrals.  Contact can be made by phoning the Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women at (604) 874-1246.

How long can someone stay?

Length of stay ranges from a few days up to three years.  Provided conditions of release and residency are met, a resident may stay at Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women until she reaches her warrant expire date (WED), or until she feels ready to leave and has established another residence for herself in the community (whichever comes first).  Most women stay 4 – 6 months.

How does a woman apply to live there?

Women serving sentences in any correctional institution may apply through their case managers or Circle of Eagles Lodge Society/Anderson Lodge staff members.  (REMEMBER:  It takes at least 6 to 8 weeks for a parole application to be processed and acceptance into Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women may be an important part of a parole application.  Try to begin your application for residence at Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women at least 8 weeks prior to the date you wish to appear before the Parole Board).  Application to live at the residence begins with an interview by a staff member from the Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women.  This application is screened at the weekly New Westminster Parole Screening and at Sentence Management (if the application comes from BCCW), and you will be notified of the outcome as soon as possible.  Anderson Lodge house manager reports to Fraser Valley Institution every second Monday of the month for information session and interview.  Once you are accepted/denied, a letter will be provided to you, and this letter becomes part of your application for parole, to be listed as your proposed residence.

When I am released, how do I get to Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women for Women?

You are responsible for your own transportation to Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women.  If you are unable to find transportation, please let an Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women staff member know a few days in advance and we’ll try to assist.  We will pick you up at the Airport, bus station or from the institution if able to do so.  On the day of your release you must come directly to Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women unless you are required to report first to your Parole Officer.  Please call staff to confirm directions on how to find the residence if you’re not sure where it is.

What happens when I first arrive?

The first 72 hours at Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women is spent in the house for orientation.  Staff may grant you permission to leave the residence within your second 24-hour period if accompanied by a staff member.  Your first day is to get you settled into your new home.  It will include a tour of the residence and some paperwork.  The entire intake may take 1 – 2 hours and need not necessarily all be completed in one sitting.  Your first three days will be spent getting to know the residence and staff.

What’s it like living at Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women for Women?

Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women is usually a busy place.  The Sisters are actively involved in the in-house programs and services and are actively involved in pursuing their own goals outside the house – working or looking for employment, attending school, meeting with other agencies or resources for counseling, therapy, or recreation.  At the same time, everyone who is living at Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women shares in the responsibility of its day-to-day operation.  We meet as a group every Friday morning to discuss house issues.  House rules and the purpose of the house rules are to ensure that the house is functioning smoothly and that everyone’s conditions of release are being met.

What types of programs are offered at the Anderson Lodge Healing Centre for Women?

Anderson Lodge currently offers the following programs and services:

  1. Life skills development 
  2. Elder Support
  3. Step Recovery Program (off site)
  4. Addictions Education
  5. Encouraged to attend AA/NA Outside Meetings
  6. Employment Program
  7. Cultural & Traditional Teachings (Medicine Wheel)
  8. Sweat Lodge ceremonies
  9. Native Arts & Crafts
  10. One to one counseling

Close by amenities:

Public transportation is accessible (Skytrain and bus), close to community centers, and libraries including The Native Education Centre and The Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre and Native Court workers.  Referrals are made to other agencies and support networks.