Support & Outreach

Support & Outreach

We are limited, not by our abilities, but by our vision.

A blood borne infection (BBI) support program based in Nelson. We provide support and
outreach to people throughout the West Kootenay/Boundary region.

We believe that:

  • All people are equal and deserve highest respect.
  • All people have a story which deserves to be respectfully heard.
  • All communities deserve culturally safe support services and excellence of individual care.
  • The best harm reduction is social equity and social justice.

We offer:

  • Confidential support for individuals living with or at risk of acquiring, HIV and Hepatitis C.
  • Community level information and education about HIV and Hepatitis C.
  • Meeting you where you are at and a safe place to ask for help.
  • Culturally sensitive emotional support and crisis counselling.
  • Meeting you privately in the ANKORS Nelson office OR outreach in your West Kootenay community.
  • Working collaboratively to overcome barriers to personal wellbeing.
  • Referrals to best community services and programs like: Opiate Agonist Therapy (OAT), TEETH Clinic, Supported Recovery Program, and Coordinated Access Hub.
  • Practical support with application paperwork for: social assistance, housing, ID, tenancy challenges.
  • Accompaniment to medical appointments, community services, and court appearances.
  • Harm reduction for individuals and community via education, support and advocacy.
  • Participation in ethical community collaboration for policy changes related to social determinants of health, such as housing.
  • The “Good Mail Project”: Are you interested in receiving photos, letters, and other nice things in addition to your regular mail?

Get in touch

Katia Dolan, BSW
Support and Outreach Coordinator
(West Kootenays)

  • office: 250-505-5506
  • My preferred pronouns are she, her, they, them.
  • I am a White European cis-gendered, able bodied, woman Settler.
  • I acknowledge my uninvited existence on, and relationship with, lands of the Sinixt, Syilx and Ktunaxa.

Our Favourite Resources

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Stepping Stones Emergency Shelter

Stepping Stones is an emergency shelter in the West Kootenays. Located at 816 Vernon Street in Nelson.
Housing up to 17 people, in five bunk-style bedrooms, with a stay of up to 30 days. It is a low barrier, drug-and-alcohol free, safe environment.

Bring me to Stepping Stones

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