The Progressive Intercultural Services office in Surrey was awash with dignitaries as locals celebrated the opening of a new facility for vulnerable people.

Harmony House is a supportive cooperative house where abused and abandoned immigrant women and their children who have been impacted by abuse in intimate relationships, and have passed through the initial crisis stage, may stay between 6 – 18 months. The home includes two suites. One self-contained two-bedroom suite will be used to accommodate women with children. The other suite includes six bedrooms and will be used to house single women. The society will use existing internal and community resources to provide supports for the women.

The Province of B.C. has partnered with a local society to purchase and convert the home to provide eight beds for women in need of safe second-stage housing in Surrey.