A Special Gift

The creativity that springs from recovery can be breath taking. One of the men who lives at Foundation House took the time to make a special stepping stone for the yard. We we always treasure this beautiful reminder of the bond the men have formed with TJ.  

It’s our birthday!

It was 3 years ago today that Umbrella took over the operations of Foundation House. It has been an incredible three years, with a lot of growth, learning and changes. Through out this time we have committed to staying affordable for those on income assistance, made su...

15 Amazing Years!

Our end of the month staff meetings are always exciting. It's there that we celebrate all the best parts of the past month. And what could be greater than one of our favorite people living 15 amazing years of sobriety! We are so proud of Louise and grateful that she sh...

Go Royals!!!

We could not be more proud of the Royals and their current playoff run so we are selling hockey tickets by donation! Each ticket will be a minimum donation of $10 with every donation over $20 being eligible for a tax receipt. The game is this Saturday, March 31st so ema...

Chuck-A-Puck winner!

Last night during the Victoria Royals second playoff game, Umbrella staff and residents sold pucks for the Chuck-A-Puck game during the second intermission. This was a wonderful fundraiser that raised over $1500. The Royals won, and so did Umbrella!

Playoff Tickets

It's no secret that we love the Royals. So when Devin from their office got in touch and asked us to do the Chuck a Puck draw this Saturday, we couldn't say no! Staff and volunteers will be roaming the arena on Saturday night, so come say hi! But not only that, we have t...

Pie and benefits

Today, was a fabulous day at Umbrella. Not only did Bronwyn make a delicious apple pie, but we met our new insurance provider to learn about our staff benefits package that begins April 1. The team are all very pleased and everyone is looking forward to getting their te...

Community Connections

We  had a great time this morning connecting with City Council member Jeremy Loveday. Jeremy met with Evan (who manages Foundation House) and Conor (a former resident and now casual employee) to talk about services in the community, what gaps exists and how we can all wor...

Baked with love

Working in the substance use field can be challenging, heart breaking, devastating and wonderful - all in the same day! Today we need to say a huge thank you to Island Health's Intake Team - they hear from us...a lot, and every so often they pull off a miracle. That hap...

St. Johns Ambulance

Ross and Mike came by our staff meeting this week to talk to us about scene assessment, CPR and strategies when encountering an overdose. These guys know their stuff and managed to make the afternoon both highly informative and entertaining! The whole staff enjoyed the...