Our approach:

We believe healing occurs in the presence of genuine relationships. With that in mind, SAS has developed a long-term program with an emphasis on lifelong friendships and investment in each other’s lives. At point of program intake, Participants are assigned a Key Worker who supports their progress through SAS programming. Key Workers also support Participant success by providing and facilitating links to resources that address Participant-specific, individualized and identified needs and goals.

We believe that a sense of belonging and a feeling of connectedness are crucial for all individuals who have suffered through trauma and abuse. We believe in advocacy, appreciation for all, and that everyone has an important contribution to make to society. Our emphasis on relationships and mutuality between staff, volunteers and Participants is vital to our program which includes a safe and stable home environment with a Live-In Volunteer, a long term recovery-based life skills program, free on-site childcare, job shadowing and work experience opportunities, career development, and educational resources.

Hope at SAS is about breaking generational cycles of poverty and abuse, discovering and nurturing each individual’s gifts and abilities and affirming that we are all valuable and worthy members of society.

Over the 25 years of SAS existence, Participants have reported that the knowledge that they were believed in made all the difference to their recovery. Staff and volunteers, while entrusted with the responsibility to care for the women and children who access SAS services, are sensitive to issues linked to power and vulnerability.