BC Non-Profit Housing Conference

Umbrella was fortunate to have our Housing Coordinator Erik head over to Vancouver last week to attend the Housing Central annual conference. Umbrella was grateful to have received a bursary so we could send Erik for all three days. It was a whirlwind with a ton of infor...

Thank you Discovery Coffee!

In October, Discovery Coffee chose Umbrella to be their Donation Partner. We were thrilled when they reached out to explain their fundraising program and how they had heard about the work Umbrella's doing. The final total has now been tallied and $439.83 was raised for ...

United Way Wreath Delivery

What a delightful way to start the week! Yesterday, our good friends at the United Way Southern Vancouver Island dropped by to deliver a beautiful handmade wreath. We could not be more in awe of the hard work and creativity that they put into this beautiful piece of holi...

Remembrance Day

Ever year, on November 11th, we as Canadians take time to reflect, with gratitude and grief, on the sacrifices made by so many to keep our country and others safe. Umbrella strives to live up to the higher purpose left to us by those that gave their lives, in the hopes...

Camosun College Forum

Umbrella participated in Camosun College's forum on mental health, addictions and justice yesterday. Umbrella participates in this important forum annually and this year we were pleased Erik was representing Umbrella at this forum. Pictured below with Grant from Our Pla...

Pumpkin Carving 2022

Last night was the annual Foundation House Pumpkin Carving! The guys had a blast and got their hands dirty designing and carving their pumpkins. Every year, resident fill the house with laughter and jokes while pumpkin seeds fly and the ghoulish carved faces appear. The...

Salt Spring Island

Yesterday Sharlene, Jake and Sarah headed over the Salt Spring Island to check out the latest site we are working at - Kings Lane. This site, made of storage containers, is home to about 7 folks right now, but slowly will be full with around 20. This space is surrounded ...

Thank you Carole

Last night many gathered at the Victoria Conference Centre to share their thanks and say their goodbye's to Carole James. Yes, Carole retired awhile back, but that dreaded COVID got in the way of a proper goodbye. Sharlene and Bronwyn were among the many showed up to gi...

Happy 4 years Erik!!!

Today, everyone at Umbrella is celebrating our incredible Erik as he reaches his 4th year of recovery! Erik has always been the quiet, calm support who extends grace and understanding to each person he meets. This year, he welcomed his son into the world and became the ...

Matching Managers

Looks like the boys all arranged to dress in plaid today. Those of us that dressed not in plaid did not get the memo! We've long said that plaid is Umbrella's uniform and today Jake, Evan and Blake were dressed accordingly!