COMMUNITY EMPOWERMENT PROGRAMS
SOOAR’s programs and services are centered on community engagement. Community members with lived and living intersecting in substance use, homelessness, sex work and informal economies were sought to advise program design and service delivery through project participation and committee work.
SOOAR operates under the assumption that no one knows what PWUD need more than themselves. We distribute supplies on street outreach because we wish to make those supplies available directly and with as few barriers as possible, guided by harm reduction principles. SOOAR chooses to accept the reality of drug use and to humanize the people who use drugs by treating them with love and compassion, not degrading and violating human rights.
We are committed to overcoming the stigma and discrimination experienced by people who use drugs by promoting social inclusion and participation across all levels of our work.