Our Story

1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre is a registered charitable organization that has been committed to serving the varied and changing needs of single parent families in the Greater Victoria area since 1978. We provide practical support, opportunities for growth and a sense of hope to single parent families across Greater Victoria.

Guided by skilled and committed staff and trained volunteers, as 1Up we offer important services to create foundations for personal and community growth in a welcoming and non-judgmental environment. We are committed to offering effective services that accommodate individual differences and respond to changing needs. Currently we are serving over 1,800 families in the Greater Victoria community.

Our work transforms lives by creating stronger families and healthier children. It provides hope and the promise of a brighter future for parents and children, not just today, but well into tomorrow creating a stronger and more vibrant community in the process.

Our Beliefs

1Up believes in offering effective services that accommodate individual differences and that are responsive to the rapidly changing needs of our growing one-parent families.

Daily, we see parents’ fierce determination to raise happy, healthy kids and we offer the strength-based, trauma-informed programs and services they need to succeed.

All this in a welcoming atmosphere where friendships develop and community thrives.

Our History

Our first home was in the basement of St. John’s Anglican Church. From there, we moved to a cottage owned by the church and eventually, when services and staff expanded, to a much larger building at 613 Superior St. 1990 was a significant year of growth for the Centre as we became a United Way Member Agency and received major funding to launch our Child Care Support Services program which has evolved over the years to become today’s successful Victoria Child Care Resource and Referral (CCRR) program. 1Up still oversees CCRR which provides essential support, resources, and training to license-not-required in-home daycare programs.

With the benefit of grants from the provincial government, a small loan, and a generous gift from a donor (who is still involved with the Centre) SPRC was able to purchase Humber House, our current home, located at 602 Gorge Rd E. This Heritage Designated house, built in 1885, was designed by Architect, Harold Teague, and built by the owner, George Humber. The building was renovated and made into offices prior to our purchase of the building and we renovated further to suit our purposes before settling in during 1991 and we’ve been there ever since!

The Society’s purpose has always been to assist and support single parents in their task of raising a family alone; to assist in increasing single parents’ self-worth, self-confidence, and self-reliance by providing a central facility whether they can meet, develop friendships, and share experiences with other single parents and their families; learn of, and use community resources; and find counseling, programs and workshops related to their needs.

Over the years, how these goals are achieved has changed to meet the shifting needs of single parents and their families. For instance, in the early days, our services were directed almost exclusively to single moms. These days, our clients are still primarily single moms, but the number of single parent dads is growing each year and is about 15% at the moment. This demographic change makes it viable to offer courses tailored to single fathers such as our Dads with Dads Support Group. Course topics, services, and resources change with demand (determined by observed need and in close consultation with single parents) although the really good programs persist – our MOMentum: Moms & Mentors program celebrated its 10th anniversary in spring 2015. In 2010, we underwent a rebranding process resulting in the addition of 1Up to our name and new, modernized logos (featuring both a single mom and a single dad).

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