Work 2 Live is a 12-month supportive housing program for young people age 19-24 who are experiencing homelessness or precarious housing.
As well as stable housing, all participants benefit from full-time employment, life skills training, mental health support, case management, and outdoor adventure. Work 2 Live helps young people have a healthy transition to adulthood and independent living.
The 12-month program provides:
We offer affordable, supported housing in shared apartments with a shared living room and kitchen. Zero Ceiling staff manage the apartments and 24-hour support is available on site. Participants also develop the skills and knowledge to find and maintain stable housing through the Ready to Rent certificate.
Participants are employed full-time in the outdoor tourism sector in Whistler. Common roles include food and beverage, guest services, lift operations, retail, and rental technician. We provide pre-employment training, job coaching, and additional training so young people can succeed at work. We partner with local employers and train them to provide high-quality, responsive job placements.
Our weekly Life Skills program teaches skills like budgeting, healthy eating, conflict resolution, job search skills, housing rights, and healthy relationships. All participants attend workshops and get one-to-one support from staff to develop their life skills. Work 2 Live is an MCFD-accredited Life Skills program for young people with an Agreement with Young Adults.
Participants work closely with a Case Worker to identify strengths, goals, challenges, and needs. Staff help participants work towards goals, overcome barriers, and connect to additional services. All participants meet their Case Worker at least once per week, and can connect with staff seven days per week.
We take advantage of the incredible setting and world-class resort of Whistler to provide meaningful outdoor experiences for all participants. They receive a season’s pass for Whistler Blackcomb and take part in weekly Ride Days, learning to snowboard, ski, and mountain bike. We also take part in hiking, whitewater rafting, canoeing, and other outdoor activities.
Zero Ceiling is a family, and participants build strong relationships with each other, staff, and program graduates. Our weekly Family Dinners program is a chance for everyone to connect by cooking and sharing delicious, healthy food. We also take part in community and cultural events together throughout the program.
No-one ever “ages out” of the Work 2 Live program. As young people transition to independent housing, we provide one-to-one support for as long as they choose. Many of our graduates still attend Ride Day and Family Dinner many years after leaving the program.
“Before Zero Ceiling I was couch surfing and working a dead-end job. When I learned about the Work 2 Live program, I thought to myself “What do I have to lose….? If anything, I have everything to gain.” I applied and got accepted.
To be honest, it was the best year of my life. Fast forward to now, I’m a Zero Ceiling graduate, I have an amazing job that I love, I’m living independently, and in my spare time you can always find me on the hill looking for adventure. So I guess you could say I’m living the dream”
Kristi, Work 2 Live graduate, 2017
HOW TO APPLY FOR WORK 2 LIVE
The Work 2 Live program is open to young people aged 19-24 who are experiencing homelessness or precarious housing. Most participants come from the Sea to Sky Corridor, Lower Mainland, or Metro Vancouver.
Those who find most success in the program are:
- Interested in working full-time in the tourism industry
- Happy to share an apartment with other participants
- Free of alcohol and drug dependencies
- Ready to work on personal goals and embrace positive change
How to apply
We offer eight places in the Work 2 Live program every year, with four participants joining us in May, and four in October. To apply, you should:
- Complete the application form
- Ask a support worker to complete the reference form
Once you have applied, we will contact you with further information. We will arrange an informal interview with all applicants. The interview helps us get to know you better, and to understand if Work 2 Live is right for you. Please note that due to limited beds, we cannot accept all applicants into the program.
If you would like to know more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or 604.962.5000.
If you would to be added to our Work 2 Live mailing list, please fill in your contact details. We will contact you when applications are open.