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Nelson CARES Society

Nelson CARES Society is a client centered service charitable organization. Operating since 1974 we are accredited through CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities).

Mission Statement

Through community collaboration and service excellence, Nelson CARES Society works toward a socially just society by providing programs and initiatives in advocacy, housing, employment, support services, and environmental stewardship.
Nelson CARES Society aims to be a reflection of the community it envisions.

Vision Statement

A healthy and inclusive community where complete respect for all individuals is an ordinary, everyday occurrence.

Values that guide our work:

Equality, respect, collaboration, diversity, transparency, accountability, integrity

What Nelson CARES Society stands for:

  • Community-based programs that ensure quality of life in Nelson
  • Advocacy for victims of crime, people living in poverty, people with disabilities, and those in conflict with social systems is vital. The Advocacy Centre provides legal information, education and advocacy.
  • Residential services for people experiencing barriers, including poverty and/or disability – we offer 144 units of affordable housing and 17 short-term emergency beds with staff to assists residents with immediate crises. Services for Community Living provides residential support services to individuals with developmental disabilities.
  • Employment options include opportunities for individuals with disabilities as a way to contribute to their community and the economy.
  • Services such as ours continue to enrich life in our community.


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Communicating Rights of Persons Served

Nelson CARES Society All Programs PURPOSE: To ensure the rights of persons served are respected and communicated. POLICY: Information related to the rights of the persons served will be regularly and appropriately communicated to all clients (and family members and legal representatives if appropriate), staff and volunteers. This information is included in the Client Bill …

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Nelson CARES Society All Programs PURPOSE: To ensure that the right to formally lay complaints and appeals are clearly communicated to clients and community members. This policy does not address responses to critical incidents. POLICY:  Nelson CARES Society is committed to maintaining good relationships with its clients, neighbours and the community. Every complaint will be …

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Nelson CARES Board 2015

Meet our Current Board of Directors 2015-2016


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Personal Information Protection Act ~ PIPA

Safeguarding confidentiality and protecting personal information is a fundamental policy of Nelson C.A.R.ES. Society. We are committed to meeting the privacy standards established by the Personal Information Protection Act, or PIPA, by compliance with the following ten principles outlined below. Be accountable Establish policies and responsibilities Identify the purpose Explain why information is collected and …

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Canada Summer Student Job position at Nelson CARES Society

Position:  Community Inclusion/Outreach and Advocacy Assistant  Applicants must be 15-30 years old and have been full time students last year and returning to full time studies in the fall.   For more on this position, click here.  

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One of the downtown survey teams Margaret, Ann, Soujourn, Arle, Bernadette

WOW! What a team of volunteers for Wednesday’s Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey!

WOW! What a team of volunteers for Wednesday’s Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey! Here are some great photos from the day courtesy of photog extraordinaire Scott Jacob Martens. Thanks Scott! A HUGE THANK YOU to: ALL THE VOLUNTEERS (OVER 50!) who offered their valuable time for both the training sessions and for COUNT DAY – …

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