Counselling and the Care Program
The Care Centre
Counselling is the backbone of our Continuum of Care program at NightShift, where our mission is to empower people to live life with greater healing and wholeness. At the heart of our Care program is The Care Centre, a conduit between formally trained and registered CPCA or CCPA counsellors, trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches, and the clients who seek confidential, non-judgemental counselling in a safe space, regardless of background, financial status or spiritual belief.
If you are looking for someone to talk to, we can put you in touch with a professional, licensed, Christian counsellor.
Counsellors can help men, women, teens or children, individually or as couples, families or other groups, in their concerns regarding anxiety, abuse recovery, burn out, crisis intervention, depression, end-of-life issues, family and parenting, grief and loss, life coaching, life transitions, marriage, separation and divorce, sexuality, spirituality, substance abuse and addiction.
We also bring together experts to lead support groups. For example, in partnership with Karen McAndless-Davis, we have been running free When Love Hurts workshops since 2015 for women experiencing abuse in a close relationship. If you or someone you know is interested in finding out more, please email in confidence.
The Care Bus
Counsellors at The Care Centre also offer counselling on a sliding-scale basis to people who may otherwise experience obstacles to accessing these services. As part of the NightShift street outreach, our Care Bus was launched to take recovery to the road and to overcome some of those barriers by offering free basic nursing, counselling and prayer ministry.
The Care Bus is currently available on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7-8:30 pm next to our building and all services are provided for free by volunteer nurses, counsellors and bus drivers.
“Bind up the broken-hearted…and set captives free.” Isiah 61
The counselling focus on the Care Bus is primarily crisis intervention and community referrals. Individuals requesting more in-depth or longer-term counselling are referred to counsellors through The Care Centre and offered a sliding-scale rate.
Professional nurses donate their time in providing basic first aid (assessing vital signs; obtaining medical history from the patient; administering wound care); distributing vitamins, meal replacement drinks and bars; educating patients about health and nutrition; and making referrals to the hospital if further care is necessary.
The Care Bus is also a place to provide information on resources and other agencies for our street friends. From time to time we work with service providers to access free hearing or eye tests, library services and more.
Continuum of Care
Our goal is to one day provide a place away from it all for people from all walks of life who seek rest and restoration. This long-term project will provide life skills training, counselling, spiritual direction, education and employment training. As part of this vision for ‘recovery through care’, we are hoping to establish local, short-term transitional Care Cottages to aid men and women who are ready to leave the street and step into a safe, supportive and compassionate environment.