Gordon Retires

After serving the community for many years, Umbrella's founder, Gordon Harper fully retired from Umbrella in September 2017. He continues to live in Victoria with Alice, and is looking forward to new ways of serving the community, and spending more free time with family...

Living Wage Certified

Today, Umbrella was certified as a Living Wage Employer. We take pride knowing that we are not contributing to poverty in our community, and that our valued employees are receiving a wage that makes living, working and playing affordable.

Larry retires

Larry Stevens, from Coolaid's REES program, has been a long time friend  and supporter of Umbrella, and a huge advocate for our clients. This week, Angela and Evan went to Larry's retirement party with thanks, hugs and gratitude. Larry will be very missed by Umbrella an...

Terry loves apple pie

We had to share this fun moment. Bronwyn, our awesome admin & pie baker, made Terry a yummy apple pie, which clearly made his day! And, check out the tiny umbrella in the crust. Well done Bronwyn!

Vancity Visit

A few employees from Vancity visited Foundation House today. Elyse, Fred and Ben had a tour and visit with some of the residents and staff as they delivered a check to Umbrella. Umbrella will be using this money to help the residents be more prepared as they transition ...

TJ … an update.

TJ has been living at Foundation House for just under a month and is really adjusting well to all the love and attention he is receiving. He still needs to gain weight, but he is getting used to the busyness of the house and TJ has figured out the best place to sleep i...

Staff Fun Day

Today, Team Umbrella skipped the staff meeting and hit the golf course... the mini-golf course that is. Everyone enjoyed some laughs, competition and sunshine. It was a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.

Overdose Awareness

Team members Lesley and Jenny were at Centennial Square manning the Umbrella table at the Overdose Awareness Day on August 31. This event brought the community together to grieve, reflect and connect while providing hope that we can stop the crisis.

Community Volunteer Training

Are you currently volunteering with a community agency and want to increase your knowledge, skills and confidence to support people facing multiple barriers? If so, please talk to your volunteer coordinator about this 8 week training program. Get your application in soon...

Introducing TJ!

This handsome boy is the newest resident at Foundation House. TJ is a 2 year old rescued sled dog from Thunder Bay, with a horrible past, who is slow to trust. Victoria Humane Society has been slowly transitioning TJ to us, and of yesterday, he is officially living at ou...