Programs & Services

Click on the program to view the brochure: Community Based Victim Services 2018Community Outreach 2018Ishtar & Libra Houses 2018Ishtar Programs & Services 2018PEACE Program for Children & Youth Experiencing Violence 2018Women’s Counselling 2018

We have many services available if you are in need of assistance.  All of the services are free.  For more information on our programs please contact Reception at 604-534-1011.

You DO NOT need to stay in a transition house to receive support, information and referrals to other services.  If you need support, information or referrals you can call Ishtar for help.

After A While:
After a while you learn
the subtle difference between
holding a hand and chaining a soul
and you learn
that love doesn’t mean leaning
and company doesn’t mean security.
And you begin to learn
that kisses aren’t contracts
and presents aren’t promises
and you begin to accept your defeats
with your head up and your eyes ahead
with the grace of a woman, not the grief of a child
and you learn
to build all your roads on today
because tomorrow’s ground is
too uncertain for plans
and futures have a way of falling down
in mid-flight.
After a while you learn
that even sunshine burns
if you get too much
so you plant your own garden
and decorate your own soul
instead of waiting for someone
to bring you flowers.
And you learn that you really can endure
you really are strong
you really do have worth
and you learn
and you learn
with every good-bye, you learn…
1971 Veronica A. Shoffstall