Options Community Services is non-profit registered charity providing social services in Surrey, Delta, White Rock and Langley. We believe in helping people help themselves. We believe in collaborating with individuals, businesses, community groups and government to create focused, effective and responsive resources for the community.
We envision a healthy community as a safe and clean environment where we all have a sense of belonging. It’s a place where each of us has the opportunity to work and learn and to develop and realize goals that are meaningful and fulfilling.
Effective April 1, 2009, two societies merged to create Options Community Services Society (OCSS). Surrey Community Services Society had been providing services in response to the needs of Surrey residents since 1969 and Options Services to Communities Society had been building services in Surrey since 1971. The merger allowed the new organization to be even more responsive to the needs of a rapidly growing community. (details)
Carole Wahl Building
The Carole Wahl Building is one of our two Administrative sites. Our sister site is located in Newton (website).
This building hosts the following programs:
- Counselling Services
- Family and Child Services
- Stopping the Violence Services
- Fraser Health Crisis Line (Admin Office)
- Surrey Volunteer Centre
- Mental Health Services (next door @ the New Frontier Clubhouse)
Before the merger, the Carole Wahl Building was the location of Surrey Community Services Society. It started off in 1969 with a few charitable groups delivering hampers of food and goods to families during Christmas. Soon afterwards they established the Surrey Volunteer Centre and began publishing The Greybook. In 1971, it incorporated as the Surrey Coordinating Centre and began expanding rapidly throughout the 70′s and 80′s. In 1984 it changed its name to Surrey Community Services Society, and quickly became one of the largest multi-service, non-profit organizations in the province.
This building is named after one of Surrey Community Services most dedicated volunteers: Mrs. Carole Wahl. Until her retirement in 1998, Carole had volunteered for countless hours in numerous capacities over many years at Surrey Community Services, including fourteen years on the Board of Directors – nine of which she acted as President. To those who knew and worked with her she became the heart and soul of the society. In honouring Carole, we honour all volunteers who have given so much of their time and talents to make Surrey Community Services the organization it is today.