From What’s Wrong to What’s Strong

Phoenix Participants

The Phoenix Society fosters a healthy community free of substance misuse where participants are able to:

Feel Valued as
Community Members

Actively engaged in recovery & growth.

Realize Their Strengths
and Potential

Deserving of good health, free of substance misuse.

Thrive in a Positive
Learning Community

Experiencing reciprocal, positive human relationships.

Since our founding in Surrey, British Columbia, in 1989* we have worked with more than 30,000 participants.

30,000 STRONG

Uncovered Strengths

Some 82% of our participants between 2014 and 2015 finished the addiction services program, without returning to substance misuse.

Participants achieved this success even while facing challenges like homelessness and criminal charges.

Phoenix promotes health and wellness in the community by creating inclusive learning spaces where participants uncover their strengths and realistically appraise their challenges. Then, they move to action planning with the support they need to advance toward fulfilling their life goals.

Impressive Achievements

Participants also achieved the following impressive goals:

6 of 10 receiving employment assistance achieved full time work
4 of 10 returned to school to improve their employability
9 of 10 resolved criminal justice involvement successfully
9 of 10 built a positive, supportive network of friends living in recovery
9 of 10 graduating to post-treatment housing built skills and confidence in living in recovery and achieved housing stability of more than six months
9 of 10 contributed to their local community through volunteerism

Recent Stories

Get to know The Phoenix Society through our stories.

Karen Cooper

Charles Ayotte

30 Mar 2017

A Cree elder who has worked at Phoenix for more than 16 years, Charles Ayotte still remembers a homeless Abbotsford m...

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Nate McCready

Nate McCready

15 Mar 2017

Why is the Phoenix program so successful? As the operation’s Director of Programs, Nate McCready has an answer...

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Rebecca Legge

Rebecca Legge

09 Jan 2017

A passionate advocate for people with addictions, medical doctor Rebecca Legge has devoted her life’s work to helping...

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From What’s Wrong to
What’s Strong

Our integrated services model provides:

  • early-recovery residential addiction services,
  • employment and educational assistance,
  • longer-term post-treatment transitional housing, and
  • home ownership opportunities

These are the key building blocks participants need to exit the cycle of addiction and homelessness.

If you are interested in becoming free of substance misuse within a supportive community, and gaining access to resources that will help you achieve your life goals, let us help you shift your focus from what’s wrong to what’s strong.

Phoenix Society Circle of Strength

Community Initiatives

Phoenix Society is dedicated to social innovation through community initiatives.

Phoenix Programs

A strengths-based approach which helps you shift focus
from what’s wrong to what’s strong.

Contact Us

    Phoenix Society Main Office

  • Tel: 604-583-7166
  • Fax: 604-581-3539
  • Address: 13686 94A Avenue,
    Surrey, B.C.
    V3V 1N1
  • Email:

*Phoenix Society incorporated as a non-profit society and registered charity in 1992.