Inclusive Survival Strategies That Make a Difference

In our ongoing journey to create positive change, we dive deeper into the heart of our work with a focus on inclusive survival strategies. Recognizing the diverse challenges faced by individuals living with disabilities, seniors on small pensions, those battling substance misuse, and people and families in poverty, The Access Centre provides practical solutions that are based on the unique circumstances of our community.

Support for Disabilities:

Living with disabilities often means facing daily obstacles that others might take for granted. The importance of support services that connect people with income, healthcare, and that empower individuals to lead fulfilling lives can’t be overstated.

Financial Resilience for Seniors:

Seniors living on a tiny pension deserve financial stability and dignity. We aim to provide support in helping seniors to access any available programs-from rental subsidies, supportive housing options, to any available forms of government funding and community resources that enable seniors to meet their needs.

Affordable Legal Advice for Homelessness Prevention:

The housing and homelessness crisis is something we are all faced with finding solutions for. One way that we here at Access have an impact is by providing affordable legal advice as a form of homelessness prevention. By offering support to those at risk of eviction, we contribute to the stability and security of their housing situations.

Mental Health and Well-being:

Chronic pain, mental health, and substance use and well known and interconnected issues. Our advocates do everything they can to connect people with mental health services, and community-based supports. Greater accessibility to services and destigmatizing conversations surrounding mental health are something that we need our entire community to advocate for with all levels of government and health care service providers.

Empowering Families through Affordable Legal Advocacy:

When it comes to poverty alleviation, providing affordable family law advocacy has a big impact. Many people, unable to hire a lawyer, face challenges in family matters that can have profound impacts on their lives. By offering accessible legal support, we empower families to navigate issues such as custody battles, divorce, and domestic violence.


Inclusive survival strategies are not one-size-fits-all; they are tailored to the unique needs of our community. By understanding and addressing the specific challenges faced by people with disabilities, seniors, and those living in poverty, we pave the way for a more inclusive society.

Your commitment to shaping a world where everyone has the opportunity to live their best life is powerful! You can contribute in impactful ways: firstly, by supporting Access directly, and secondly, by exerting pressure on individuals in positions of influence to reform our systems. These are two ways you can amplify our work and help us move towards creating positive and lasting change.

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Thank you,

Brandi Beckett
Executive Director
The Penticton & Area Access Centre