Our Waterloo Region Community Health Van

For many years, Sanguen has worked with people who have, or who are at-risk of, Hepatitis C. While doing this work, we recognized one really important fact: people can’t focus on their health if they have other, bigger, important needs.

Unfortunately, people often experience significant barriers to accessing health and social services – even though there are many agencies in the Waterloo region doing incredible work. At Sanguen, we decided that it was time to bring the services to people who need them – and so, in 2015, The Van was launched!

There’s no point in re-inventing the wheel, so we work in partnership with a lot of great agencies who have been providing health and social services for many, many years. The work we do together is client-driven, community supported, and highly responsive.

Since 2015, the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive: people are thrilled to see us each week and they continue to spread the word. We know that when we reduce the barriers that stand between people and good health, every member of our community benefits.

More than 350 people visit The Van each week in Waterloo Region – and we are so glad they do!

 

The Van Schedule

Tuesday nights
Cambridge – 4:15 to 6:00 pm

Wednesday nights
Waterloo and Kitchener – 5:30 to 8:30 pm

Thursday nights
Kitchener – 6:00 to 9:00 pm

Home deliveries may be available by request in Cambridge, Kitchener, or Waterloo, with 24 hours’ notice.

On nights when The Van is out you can call or text 519-591-4826 to get an update on our location.

 

We Need Your Support.

Community support is crucial to the success of The Van. As a registered charity, Sanguen will provide a tax receipt for your donations.

  • You can donate to The Van various ways through our Donations Page
  • If you’d like to donate food, clothing, hygiene, or other items, or if you work for an agency or group that offers services or supports, and you’d like to be part of The Van project,please contact our Van Coordinator to find out our current needs.

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What Do The Vans Carry?

  • Emergency Contraception

  • Nursing Services & Vein And Wound Care

  • Harm Reduction Supplies And Information

  • Condoms & Lubricants (including latex free)

  • Naloxone Kits & Overdose Prevention Training

  • Sharps Containers Pickups

  • Snacks & Drinks

  • Clothing

  • Hygiene Products

  • Referrals to community agencies

  • Supportive Counseling

  • Hepatitis, H.I.V. and STI testing

  • Pregnancy Testing