The Lower Mainland Purpose Society is a non-profit agency incorporated under the Society Act in 1983. Today, over 100 employees provide a variety of social, health and educational programs within a continuum of service to Lower Mainland communities. In April 2003, the Purpose Society became accredited, meeting the standards of the Council on Accreditation (COA). The accreditation team described the operations of the Society as exemplary. Since then, the Society has completed two successful re-accreditations; the last being in May 2011 for a further four years. It is the vision of The Lower Mainland Purpose Society to improve the capacity of individuals and families to lead healthy fulfilling lives, contributing to the overall well-being of the community. It is the mission of The Lower Mainland Purpose Society to deliver a continuum of social, health, educational and residential services to children, youth and families in order to enhance personal well-being, strengthen family functioning and increase personal responsibility, confidence and healthy decision-making. Emphasis is on a client-centred approach within a continuum of care model, which focuses on health, resiliency and resourcefulness of individuals. Services are provided in a safe and respectful environment where diversity and connection to community is valued.
The Society contracted with the City of New Westminster to start a program to provide short term loans to city residents facing financial difficulty paying for rent and utilities.