July Staff Anniversaries

As we wind up of the month of July, we wanted to reflect and celebrate all of our awesome historical July hires. Luke. On July 27, 2020, Luke joined the arena/hotel  team. He was instantly a client and staff favourite and we quickly scooped him from that role and broug...

Victoria Master Gardeners Association

Our staff had the pleasure of meeting with some volunteers from the Victoria Master Gardeners Association recently to talk about the therapeutic value of gardening. These great community members will be working with our team to create a therapeutic gardening program for r...

What an honour!

What a huge honour! Every year the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI Canada) invites youth in select high schools to research and present on a charity. Each year we are interviewed by keen high school students looking to present to their class on Umbrella. This ye...

Minister Sheila Malcolmson

Yesterday, some folks from Umbrella had a great ZOOM meeting with Minister Sheila Malcolmson from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. Our Executive Director Sharlene, Team Lead Evan and Board Member Guy joined Minister Malcolmson for an in-depth discussion ab...

Thank you Yonnni’s!

On Wednesday, Tiny Homes received a delicious donation of doughnuts from Yonni's Doughnuts. The residents were so grateful for the treats and they were gobbled up quickly! The staff from Our Place and Umbrella, pictured below, work at Tiny Town and are so appreciative ...

Thank You Note

It's a lovely feeling when a person goes out of their way to let someone know they're making a difference. Check out this note a transitional housing resident left for our staff. Working at the transitional housing sites can be challenging. No one knows that bett...

Good Luck Spencer!

Here is the story of our quiet, sweet Spencer. Spencer moved into Foundation House almost 18 months ago and  in March of this year he was one of our first residents to move into Potter House. When Spencer arrived at Foundation House he was quiet, shy and likely overwh...

June Staff Anniversaries

June has been a month where we hire amazing women! One June 29, 2020 the amazing Nicole W joined our team. Starting strong at the Transitional Housing sites, Nicole was soon moved to a permanent role on ICM Team. Recently she accepted a new challenge in our ED/PES rol...

Sober is Sexy!

We agree with Pamela Anderson - sober is sexy. Umbrella is grateful for the autographed print and to share the message of recovery!  

Early Bday Lunch

A few staff surprised Evan with an early birthday lunch at his favourite restaurant, Vietnam House. It was nice to take a few minutes away from the busyness of work and celebrate Evan and his big milestone birthday coming up this weekend. He was pretty surprised by it...