Substance Use Support and Employment Program
What is SUSEP?
The Substance Use Support and Employment Program (SUSEP) supports people to meet their goals around safer substance use and employment. We offer individual counselling, goal setting support, peer facilitated groups, appointment accompaniment, assistance with harm reduction medications, and more. All SUSEP services are free of cost and confidential.
We operate out of EMBERS Eastside Works at 57 East Hastings Street in Vancouver, BC, in the heart of the Downtown Eastside. Since SUSEP began in May 2021, we have helped members of the community find meaningful work and pathways to safer substance use.
SUSEP has built an environment of support and helpful resources to make sure that we can connect participants to services outside of our program when needed. We work with other agencies to ensure that participants have access to housing, food, and clothing.
Advocacy is central to SUSEP. We walk alongside people to help them reach their goals. This could look like advocating for people within the healthcare system or employment settings, ensuring that participants voices are heard and respected.
SUSEP takes pride in being located in the DTES of Vancouver and making our services available to everyone. Many people in this area face high barriers to reaching their goals. Our program is designed to help accomplish those goals.