In 2009, a little white house located on 12th Avenue in South Delta, British Columbia used as a meeting place for addiction and related recovery groups was destroyed by fire. The Board of the Little House Society decided that not only would they rebuild the facility, they would broaden the Society’s mandate of providing meeting room space to now include education and support related to substance abuse and addiction.
As a first step, the Board undertook a capital campaign and within one year 120 businesses provided products and services to build, landscape, and furnish the new facility. In addition, many individuals, families, churches, and service clubs donated money to the cause. The way in which the community came together could only be likened to a good old fashioned barn-raising! The new facility, valued at over $800,000, officially opened its doors on June 10, 2012.
During construction the Board met regularly to create a vision and strategic plan for the coming years. They knew there was a growing need for a timely, expert response to the many urgent cries for help from the community. In order to better inform the Board in its strategic planning process, the Board hired a preeminent Canadian researcher to undertake an “Environmental Scan and Assessment of Gaps in Services in Delta.”
The Scan identified two overarching needs related specifically to substance use in its community of Delta, British Columbia. It confirmed what is common elsewhere: that prevention activity with youth in Delta was sparse, spotty, and not well coordinated, and that access to quality treatment and recovery services, especially for youth, was lacking.
In 2016 the Board continues to focus its efforts on fundraising activities and on its three strategic priorities:
Clinical Services: Provide comprehensive substance abuse and addictions counselling and support to the citizens of Delta.
Education and Prevention: Continue to be a source of valuable, reliable information related to substance abuse through workshops, information sessions, the virtual library, and other opportunities when possible.
Advocacy and Partnerships: Work with community partners to develop a formalized system for the planning and delivery of a comprehensive, accessible network of substance abuse and addiction education and care.