Admissions &


Place of Refuge is open to men over the age of 19 with a desire to remain free from psychoactive substances.
Referrals are accepted from any source, including the following:
  • Community Health Centres
  • Community addiction services counsellors
  • Residential treatment and support recovery programs
  • Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs)
  • Self-referrals

Please fax or email completed applications to our support staff – Reive Doig


Fax: +1 (778) 743 8173

Admission Criteria

Clients must abstain for a minimum of 3 months or have completed residential treatment or supportive recovery before in-take.
  • Complete and submit a referral package

  • Prospective residents will have an in-person interview on site – Zoom interviews are available for residents outside of the Metro Vancouver area.

  • A review and signing of the house agreements and cooperative agreements prior to intake.

  • Residents are limited to a maximum of two to three medium bags.

  • We do not have accommodations for pets.

Length of Stay

We ask for a three-month minimum commitment with an open-ended length of stay based upon a mutually agreed upon action plan to facilitate a healthy re-entry
into society.

Program Description

  • Individual Counselling &
    Life Skills Coaching.
  • Employment and education training
    and referrals
  • Relapse Prevention
  • Discharge, Transition and
    Continuing Care Planning
  • Bio-psycho-social,
    person-centred approach

Payment Options

  • Private payments by clients
  • WorkSafeBC
  • Employee Assistance Programs
  • Ministry of Social Development (Income Assistance, Employment Assistance)


If you meet the following criteria, POR may be a good fit for you.

  • Have a demonstrated commitment to recovery for at least three months
    (or as assessed by staff)
  • Be motivated and ready to implement a personal recovery plan that includes:
    • A concrete and detailed action plan for employment or education that you will implement while living in the transition housing program
    • Develop a recovery maintenance and relapse prevention plan.
    • Develop a financial management plan
    • Organize a social and leisure time action plan
    • Develop a plan to address your prioritized recovery needs
  • Have a demonstrated commitment to abstinence
  • Be stable enough to self-organize successfully in the routines
    of healthy daily living.
How do you apply to access the
Place of Refuge Transition Housing Program?
  • Substance use and mental health professionals can refer you to the program
  • Self-referrals are also welcome
  • Complete the application form 
  • Contact Reive Doig at Place of Refuge Housing Program at
    Tel: 778.
    Fax: 778.743.8173