The ASK Wellness Society would like to acknowledge that our programs and facilities operate on Secwepemcúl'ecw, Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ, and Syilx tmixʷ traditional and unceded territories. 
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Merritt

Merritt Main Office

2196 Quilchena Ave
Merritt, BC
V1K 1A4
Phone: 250-315-0098
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The ASK Wellness Society would like to acknowledge that we operate and work on the traditional and unceded Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ and Syilx tmixʷ  territory

Please click on the relevant program for more information:

Streets

When there is nowhere else to go, ASK Wellness will care for and provide services to those living on the streets.
Streets Program

Homes

ASK Wellness will seek out and provide housing to return dignity to those in need.
Homes Program

Health

ASK wellness helps those who have fallen through the cracks to find adequate health options.
Health Program

Employment

Gainful employment helps people on their road to recovery. ASK wellness provides connections to employment opportunities.
Employment Program

Streets

Outreach

The ASK Wellness Society provides a range of street outreach services designed to support members of our community facing homelessness, mental health, addiction, or a combination of these factors. This is done through a two-pronged approach of Harm Reduction and Education.

The Society also provides Third Party supports for client who need to access government services but are unable to attend at Ministry of Social Development sites.

Harm Reduction

ASK Wellness Society Merritt location.

Overdose Prevention Site

Open from 8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday (except for statutory holidays) at our main office at 2196 Quilchena Ave. the ASK Wellness Society offers harm reduction supplies (injection and inhalation) and services as well as education to our community. This location serves as a first point of contact for the homeless or anybody who is affected by substance use and does not know where to turn and from this site we are able to connect people with health and housing services.

Education

Naloxone Training
The ASK Wellness Society has trained hundreds of our fellow community members on how to provide life-saving Naloxone in case of an overdose. Training is offered in one to one or group settings, can be at our site or at yours, and is hands on.
For more information or to book a training, call the main office at 250-315-0098.

Homes

Housing Outreach and Crisis Funding

Housing Outreach and Crisis Funding.
Located within the main Merritt office at 2196 Quilchena Ave, the Housing Outreach Team is here to work with community members who need support to maintain or find safe and secure housing. Through funding provided by BC Housing and local fundraising efforts, our Housing Outreach Workers can provide damage deposit assistance, funding for emergency repairs, funding for security deposits, and rent subsidies. This financial support is not intended to be ongoing, but rather for situations that leave a family or individual in a position that potentially could make them homeless, lose access to food, and/or negatively impact their health. We also work clients to develop life skills such as budgeting, basic cleanliness, and communication skills to ensure they have the best chance to succeed in maintaining their housing.
For those who are not able to access the residential tenancy market due to mental health, addiction, or other factors, the Housing Outreach Team serves as a first point of contact for those who need Supportive or Transitional Housing (see more on these forms of housing below).
Not sure whether the Housing Outreach Team can help you? Click here to message a member of the team with any of your housing related questions.

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Supportive Housing

Juniper House

30 units located on Quilchena Ave.
The Supportive housing facilities operated by the ASK Wellness Society provide vulnerable members of our community experiencing mental health and substance use issues with safe and affordable housing. These programs also benefit the community itself by decreasing the need for by-law to address issues involving these individuals when they do not have safe and affordable housing.

All Supportive housing programs provide client-focused support on problem solving, safety, documentation such as identification, harm reduction, health navigation, and overall life skills. Clients who choose to can participate in wellness planning with a focus on their health, welfare, and safety. Each tenant is honored as an individual and wellness plans are designed to meet them where they are at.

In order to be eligible for Supportive Housing in Merritt you are required to take part in the Vulnerability Assessment Tool (VAT) to determine which housing option is the best fit. To have one completed or for more information you can call our main office at 250-315-0098. 

The supportive housing units currently do not have any vacancies and there is a tremendous amount of demand amongst individuals who are long term residents of the Merritt community. Due to the current high demand, it is not recommended to relocate to Merritt with the expectation that affordable and supportive housing is available.

This program is funded by BC Housing.

Affordable and/or 55+ Housing

Tradewinds

28 units located on Granite Ave.

Operated by the ASK Wellness Society via an operating agreement with BC Housing. Rent is set at 30% of the renter’s income making this building an affordable option for seniors and individuals with differing abilities.

Application for housing is made through the BC Housing Registry.

For more information contact the Housing Outreach Team at 250-315-0098.

Three Eagles

32 units located on Belshaw St.

This complex is owned by the ASK Wellness Society and focuses on affordable housing for families. On site there is a part-time Tenant Liaison, a playground, and laundry facilities.

Application for subsidized housing can be made through the BC Housing Registry.

For more information contact the Housing Outreach Team at 250-315-0098.

Health

Health Navigation, Blood Borne Infection Management and Harm Reduction

We have a team of qualified staff to help clients improve their health. Whether it be to help manage medications or finding a doctor or drive to Kelowna/Vancouver for a specialist appointments, we are able to help and provide hope. Through this service, we create a common purpose of building capacity to have positive impact on the quality of life of individuals living with complex health needs. We also provide needle exchange and harm reduction supplies at all of our locations and housing facilities. This program is funded by Interior Health.

The ASK Wellness Society Health Navigation Team has a community educator who provides medical advocacy, connection to treatment, education about treatment and disorders, transportation to medical appointments, and referrals to services we are unable to provide.
 
Through a Community Health Navigation Program, we deliver support services/life skills to support clients with chronic health/mental illness and addictions.

Adult Addiction and Supportive Housing (AASH)

AASH runs in partnership with Interior Health and is a six-bed, abstinence-based program which offers 24-hour/7-day per week supports, housing, wellness planning, life skill development, and recovery focused group meetings. Participants in this program address their substance-use challenges and are supported in their recovery and transition to healthy living. Progression to independent living is supported with the exploration of educational and employment opportunities.

Community Integration and Developmental Disabilities Supports

Through a contract with Community Living BC (CLBC), a provincial crown agency, we assist by delivering supports and services to adults with developmental disabilities and those struggling with mental illness to create communities where people have more choices about how they live, work, and contribute. This program is funded by Community Living BC.

Employment

The ASK Wellness Society does not provide any employment related services in Merritt at this time.
We recommend you check out the following links for more information:
Work BC
ASK Wellness is COA Accredited
COA accreditation signifies that an organization or program is effectively managing its resources and providing the best possible services to all of its stakeholders. It also signifies that an organization or program meets standards of quality set forth by the COA accrediting body.

For more information about COA accreditation visit coanet.org.
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Contact:
Darlene A. Webb
Coordinator of Population Health and Second Stage Housing
250 214 5948
The ASK Wellness Society is working towards providing and improving the available resources for 2sLGBTQ+ individuals in our communities by implementing 2sLGBTQ+ outlets at our sites and through advocating for 2sLGBTQ+ rights and respect. We welcome all and any members of the 2sLGBTQ+ community to access our resources.
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