Providing natural therapies to those in need.
Founded in 1997, Compassion Roots is the remarkable other half of the BC Compassion Club Society. We are a collectively-run non-profit natural health centre providing high quality medicinal natural plant products and other holistic therapies. We are the only dispensary in Vancouver that offers low-cost holistic health services to our members.
Clients of Compassion Roots access our services to treat a variety of health conditions, including cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, anxiety, HIV/AIDS, and chronic pain. Many members of the Compassion Roots community are unable to work due to their health, which results in limited health care choices. This is a gap that Compassion Roots strives to fill.
Compassion Roots also houses an Apothecary stocked with organic and wild-crafted herbs, from which the herbalists prepare customized tinctures and herbal remedies. Both members and non-members can also purchase vitamins and nutritional supplements at a reduced cost from the Wellness Centre.
Annually, we provide up to 3000 holistic health care appointments at low and subsidized costs. We also donate $30, 000 to $40,000 worth of herbs and supplements to members each year. In addition, the cost of sessions offered to members by the Wellness Centre is subsidized up to 82%.
During the Covid pandemic, we have not been able to provide as many in-person sessions but continue to offer telephone and virtual services.
Our Mission, Vision and Values
Our mission is to provide high quality natural health care services to those in need in a safe and friendly environment. We educate our community on the benefits of natural health care promoting a holistic approach to healing and living.
We envision a world in which natural therapies are readily accessible and socially supported in a manner that is consistent with the highest standard of care. We will each take responsibility for our individual, collective and environmental health while honoring the diversity in each other and in the natural world.
The work we do at the Compassion Roots Wellness Centre Society and the services we provide are a reflection of these core values: