About H.A.T.S.

Our Vision
Hope and Area Transition Society envisions a community that is free from trauma and systemic societal challenges. A community that has vibrant individuals and families who are resilient and have a sense of belonging, acceptance and connectedness to self, family, the community and society.

Our Mission

The Hope and Area Transition Society is a non-profit society in Hope that provides client-centered programs/services to individuals and families. Through a trauma-informed approach HATS will offer to clients and the community; services, advocacy and education to build resiliency, empowerment and inclusion.

Organizational Philosophy
The Hope & Area Transition Society’s philosophical underpinnings begin with the inherent value and rights of all people; regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, age, sexual orientation, culture or spirituality. We recognize the systemic power imbalances that exist within our community, society and global village and we will continue to work toward empowering others in the reduction and elimination of these various imbalances that impact on the lives of individuals and our community.

Guiding Principles

The following guiding principles illustrates how the Hope and Area Transition Society is an advocate and an activist in the promotion of relief, development and structural change in society and within the systems in which we live and work:

  • Provide a secure, accepting and supportive environment for all individuals who are at risk of experiencing social ills.
  • Provide ethical and professional services to clients, ensuring their rights and dignity are maintained and promote empowerment for the client.
  • Offer services such as individual counselling, support groups, information and referral to women, children and men who are affected by social ills. Advocate on their behalf when necessary.
  • Encourage clients, women, men and children to develop healthy self esteem and positive problem-solving skills by identifying and building upon their own resources.
  • Provide information to clients on the dynamics of social issues and its effect on all family members and the community.
  • Provide information and education to our community stakeholders and partners on the services and programs that we offer.
  • Provide advocacy for clients in their efforts to gain access to resources and services by working cooperatively with existing agencies, social services and service-oriented clubs.
  • Provide information and referrals to other community agencies that meets the ongoing needs of clients.
  • Raise awareness in the community about social issues through education and prevention programs.
  • Collect information and participate in research to reach a better understanding of the dynamics of social issues.
  • Provide ongoing Staff and Board development programs.
Statement of Values

The Hope and Area Transition Society value the right of all people to live free from abuse, addictions, and poverty. We provide a variety of programs designed to educate, encourage and support those seeking to change their circumstances while respecting the following values:

  • Equality and fairness
  • Safety and security
  • Empowerment and autonomy
  • Opportunity and choice
  • Dignity and self-worth
  • Compassion and understanding
  • Diversity and inclusiveness
  • Rights and freedoms
  • Family and community
  • Respect
  • The promotion of education and
  • awareness
  • The process of transition in individual lives

The stated values of the Hope and Area Transition Society are not an exhaustive list, nor can we, as an agency, made up of diverse staff, Board members, and community stakeholders define each value as an absolute. Each value holds a different significance and meaning to the reader.

The purpose and intent of defining the Hope and Area Transition Society’s values is to demonstrate what are important foundational values which are embedded into the delivery and approach of the programs and services that we offer.

Trauma Informed Practice

Hope and Area Transition Society provides programs and services through a Trauma-informed approach. Through integrating an understanding of past and current experiences of violence and trauma into all aspects of service delivery. The goal of trauma-informed systems is to avoid re-traumatizing individuals and support safety, choice, and control in order to promote healing.

Our Board Members

The Hope & Area Transition Society is governed by a Board of Directors, which conducts its business practices in a Governance Model.

The Board of Directors is the ultimate authority in the operation of the Hope & Area Transition Society; they are responsible for approving recommended policies, for ensuring new policies are put into effect, and that they are properly administered by the Executive Director.

For more information on becoming a Board member send inquiries to [email protected] or 604-869-5111 ext 231.

Board Members Code of Conduct

Susan Johnston

Board Chair

Nancy Hutsul

Board Member

Jake Giles

Board Member

Marg Millar

Board Member

Mark Bentley

Board Member

Balan Moorthy

Board Member

Marla Rosenberg

Board Member

Hope and Area Transition Society provides services, advocacy and education to build resiliency, empowerment and inclusion.

Main Office: (604) 869-5111

400 Park Street, PO Box 1761, Hope, BC V0X1L0

House of Hope Emergency Shelter: (604) 869-7574

650 Old Princeton Hwy. Hope, BC V0X1L4

Jean Scott Transition House: (604) 869-5191

I acknowledge our agency provides services within the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Stó:lō and Nlaka’pamux.