Family Services / Community Assistance


Hours of Operation, 09:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Family Services Office, 505 8th St, Nanaimo

Call (250) 753-8834 for more information.

Summer Camp – The Salvation Army Youth Department, 505 – 8th Street, Nanaimo

Each year 12 children ranging in age from 7 – 12 years of age are sent to Holiday Camp at Camp Sunrise located on the Sunshine Coast. Registration includes camp fee, transportation and canteen.

For more information call: (250) 753-8834

Voucher Program

For those in need of clothing and small household items.

Free Income Tax Returns – Family Services Office, 505 8th St, Nanaimo

Free Monthly Tax Clinics will be available to process tax returns by appointment only as follows:

Tuesday 13 June

Tuesday 11 July

Tuesday 8 August

Tuesday 12 September

Tuesday 10 October

Tuesday 14 November

Please call Marie to book at 250 753 8834 extension 409.

Pet Food Program

Access to free dog and cat food. Pet food is donated by generous local donors, including the Nanaimo SPCA and Bosleys.

9-1 Monday – Thursday

Art Therapy

Art studio for persons with diverse abilities – Mondays 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Teen Girls therapy outreach – Wednesdays 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Seniors Art Therapy – Thursdays 9:30 a.m.

Art Therapy and Conversation – Fridays 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Busy Bees Family Playgroup

Caregivers and their tots aged 0 – 5 (not yet in kindergarten) are welcome to drop in and play. Please use the gym door entrance on the right side of the building by the portable, look for the balloons.

Tuesdays 09:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Loaves and Fishes Food Bank 

Fridays 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.