Sísele (SEE-SE-LA) Housing for Women who are Older

Housing for women age 55+

Sísele

/see-se-la/ | Click here for an audio pronunciation

  • “grandmother” in Halq'eméylem, which is one of a group of  related dialects spoken by coastal First Nations people

Sísele Housing for Women who are Older (formerly known as the New Marr) is a residential supportive housing program for women age 55 and older. The goal of the program is to support women to access community services and to live independently of violence and abuse, all within a harm-reduction framework. Sísele has 32 rooms, each with its own bathroom, fridge and cooktop. There is a communal kitchen on the second floor, as well as an exterior courtyard and a laundry room, and common lounges on the third and fourth floors.

Phone: 604 251 1094

Email: siselesupport [at] atira.bc.ca

Number of units/beds: 
32
Services offered: 
  • Staff are on site 24 hours/day, seven days/week
  • Coffee and a light breakfast are put out each morning.
  • Our third floor lounge is equipped with a communal TV, telephone and internet access.
  • There is a community kitchen/garden coordinator available Tuesday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-8:00 p.m. The program encourages women to participate in cooking and then sharing their favourite meals through our community meetings, where women meet to suggest a list of grocery items to prepare upcoming meals. From spring to fall, our patio garden is available for women who are interested in planting food that sustains our community kitchen. Community kitchen meals are prepared three time per week and along with monthly community workshops. Some examples include baking, pierogi and jam making. Food donation deliveries are three times a week and distributed among tenants. Some additional past activities include herb and edible greens garden project, sewing medicine bags, card making and monthly bingo.
  • Staff make referrals to a variety of external agencies, based on women’s requirements and their requests, and include referrals and advocacy for home support, healthcare and other community supports.