We need your help to continue to provide services to vulnerable residents of Kamloops & area
Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases, the Elizabeth Fry Legal Clinic on 702–235 1st Ave. will be closed for walk-ins and scheduled meetings with our clients. We are still working hard to help you through e-mail, phone, and video calls. To schedule a phone or video appointment with us, please call 250-374-2119 Monday through Friday between 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM. Our main office on 827 Seymour St. will remain closed to the public.
Thank you for your understanding and collaboration.
The Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society is an active community based non-profit agency that offers programs and services in the areas of housing and community justice to people in the Kamloops area, with a focus on women and youth.
Our goal is to provide effective programs, services and public education to contribute in building a healthy and safe community by minimizing barriers that individuals may experience, by meeting the diverse needs of marginalized people in the community, and by fostering the individual’s personal growth and self sufficiency.
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Community Justice & Legal Services
The Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society is committed to improving and addressing issues related to justice, particularly as they are relevant to individuals within the community of Kamloops.
Legal Services Office Contact Information:
Collect calls accepted
702 – 235 1st Ave,
Kamloops, BC V2C 3J4
250-314-1900 or toll free at 1-877-374-2119
Courtwork Program – currently on hold due to COVID-19
“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both” – Eleanor Roosevelt
Courtwork volunteers provide a variety of types of assistance to persons involved in the court system. Volunteers liaise with legal aid, lawyers, and courthouse personnel to better assist the client.
To get connected with legal counsel and community services, speak to our volunteers at the following times:
For Criminal Court
8:30 – 11:30 AM
Mondays and Thursdays
Kamloops Courthouse, 2nd Floor
455 Columbia Street
For Family Court
8:30 – 11:30 AM
Mondays and Wednesdays
Kamloops Courthouse, 3rd Floor
455 Columbia Street
Requirements for a courtwork volunteer:
- An interest in the criminal or family justice system
- Non-judgemental attitude
- Commitment to volunteering
- Ability to communicate with a diverse range of people
Library & Pretrial Program
The Society manages a library at the Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre, providing access to fiction and non-fiction reading material for prisoners, including a legal resource collection and providing assistance with completing legal aid applications.
Housing & Resources
Affordable and Subsidized Housing
Kamloops Elizabeth Fry Society operates three affordable housing buildings. To apply for any of our housing, please fill out an application with the BC Housing Registry.
A family oriented affordable housing complex providing 45 units of a mix of 2 and 3 bedrooms. Located in downtown Kamloops.
Hill Top Apartments
Located on the North Shore, a family oriented affordable housing complex. Provides 46 units of a mix of 2 and 3 bedrooms.
Cornerhouse provides 15 single units of subsidized housing.
A rent bank is a short-term or temporary homelessness prevention tool that helps to provide housing stability for low- to moderate-income renters who are unable to pay rent or utilities due episodes or emergencies that compromise their ability to pay. Rent banks complement these loans with access to other information and supports – including financial advice, mediations between renters and landlords, or access to other supports and services – to help stabilize their housing in the future. Our Rent Bank program offers “no interest loans” for up to $1,500 for rent and/or utilities.
Open to all TNRD residents.
For more information, please contact our office: 250-374-2119.
Please note that by clicking on the button above, you will be redirected to the BC Rent Bank website to complete the online Pre-assessment form. BC Rent Bank and Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society collect, use and disclose your personal information for assessment and administration purposes in accordance with the BC Rent Bank Privacy Statement.
Women’s Housing Support
“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” – Louisa May Alcott
The women’s housing support program aims to help women find or maintain safe, suitable housing. The program:
- Assists women to maintain or become stable in their housing situation.
- Provides support for the development of life and self-advocacy skills.
- Connects women with community resources and one-on-one support specific to each individual.
- Hosts groups information sessions focused on issues related to housing tenancy, life skills, health or finances.
Family Stepping Stones
Family Stepping Stones provides the only women’s second stage housing in Kamloops. Five women and their children live in long term supportive housing to stabilize their lives. With individualized programming for each woman and their children, Family Stepping Stones provides a safe and supportive environment to keep families together until they are ready to transition to independent living.
Lizzy’s Closet is currently closed due to COVID-19. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Youth: Sky Program
The Sky Program is a community based program that provides an alternative to custody for youth involved in the criminal justice system. Youth are housed in local care-homes and attend a day program Monday through Friday where they learn, receive one-on-one support and participate in recreational activities.
Changing the Face of Poverty
Changing the Face of Poverty is a network of faith based and community based organizations, individuals and businesses working collectively to coordinate, connect and create resources and solutions to end poverty in Kamloops.
Meetings for Changing the Face of Poverty are at the Kamloops Alliance Church on the fourth Wednesday of every month. We break for the summer months of July and August and for the month of December.
To find out more about Changing the Face of Poverty please visit our website at kamloopschangingthefaceofpoverty.com.
Parent Support Group
You are not alone. We are parents supporting parents of Alcoholic & Addicted Children.
This group meets weekly in a safe environment facilitated by an experienced counselor in the addictions field. Our goal is to support each other, gain insight and develop strategies for coping with these overwhelming feelings.
Addiction is a family disease where all members are held hostage to the chaos and trauma.
“Such a relief to know I am not alone in my confusion, anger, guilt, fear, worry… other parents have been here and survived.”
“This group has allowed me to learn to detach, with love, from my addicted son. It has taught me the importance of looking after myself. I can only control me, not the addict.”
To access this program please contact Penny at (250) 372-8328.
Main Office Building
827 Seymour Street
Kamloops, BC V2C 2H6.
Due to Covid-19 our office is open by appointment only.
Legal Aid Offices
#702 – 235 1st Ave
Kamloops, BC V2C 3J4
Hours (Monday- Friday)
8:30am-4:00pm – Closed from 12:00-1:00pm