The Cammy LaFleur Outreach Program is tailored to improve people’s health and prevent the transmission of blood-borne pathogens, decrease or prevent infections, and support people at risk of or who have blood-borne pathogens and/or infections.
A multitude of tasks fall within the mandate to assist people in becoming stable, safer, healthier, heard and supported.
Our fixed-site is open 1 p.m.-3 p.m. Monday to Friday where we distribute harm reduction supplies, some clothing and hygiene products.
We collaborate closely with the HIV outreach nurse, the OAT nurse, Interior Health MHSU (Mental Health and Substance Use), MSDPR (Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction) and other community organizations to assist service users.
The team provides outreach to homeless camps, in-reach to shelter sites, wound care, some health care, health navigation, case management, advocacy, and referrals.
An essential component of our program is stigma reduction, community education, and peer empowerment. We support a variety of pre-employment programs for service users as well as a grassroots peer group called VEPAD (Vernon Entrenched People Against Discrimination).
Our community education component includes sessions on stigma, substance use disorders, criminalization of people with substance use disorders, harm reduction, poverty reduction, and human rights.
The Harm Reduction and Education Counsellors provide outreach to Vernon, Enderby, Armstrong and Lumby. For more information about the program, or how you can contribute, please contact (250) 938-3518.
Cammy LaFleur Street Outreach Program is located in the Gateway Services Building located at 2800 33rd Street, Vernon British Columbia.