Look what we grew!

Last night the guys at Cooper House sent us this photo of the potatoes they grew. They have other veggies growing too, but I was particularly impressed by these potatoes. It is amazing to see the new interests, passions and skills our residents learn when they are no lo...

United Way Visit

Today members of the United Way team popped by Foundation House to chat with us about the great work Umbrella is doing in the community. The United Way has been a huge support of Umbrella and we always look forward to opportunities to chat with them and express our thank...

Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

Every Wednesday Umbrella has a team meeting, and we rotate the chair of the meeting among the staff. This week, Louise was our chair and she had arranged for Victoria Sexual Assault Centre to come and share more about the great work they are doing in the community. Sama...

Minister Judy Darcy

What a great meeting! Today, Sharlene and Evan had the pleasure to meet with the Minister of Mental Health & Addictions, Honorable Judy Darcy. Minister Darcy and her team have made some incredible strides in our fractured MHSU system, and there was some great conversati...

Our new office!

It took all day Friday and half of Sunday, but we have the new office set up and ready to go for Tuesday! This office was truly a community effort with support from our board, staff, residents, and community. There was some major magic that played a role in this move as...

IKEA building

Umbrella has been busy getting our new office all set up. We needed to enlist the help of board, staff and friends of Umbrella to get all the IKEA things together. As you can see Kelly and Sean were working hard while Evan was falling behind.. looking distracted by his ...

Thank you QVCC!

Today we said goodbye to our amazing friends at the Quadra Village Community Centre. For the last 15 years, QVCC has been our home, our only office. The staff there have been an incredible part of shaping the future of the Umbrella Society. Today, we transition to our...

Soap for Hope

When Bronwyn, Sharlene and Alison attended Thriving Non-Profits they made lots of great community connections. Today, Sharlene and Evan went to Soap for Hope and toured their amazing program, led by Anne, the ED of Disaster Aid Canada. Anne loaded our car up with linens...

Lyca & the new office

Today Umbrella got the keys to our new office. We brought Lyca to check it out, and she loves the carpet, and the office! We officially move next week and we can't wait to have Lyca hang with us each day.

TJ

We were able to pop by Cooper House and have a little snuggle with TJ today. He is flourishing at the house and the guys there are taking really great care of him. TJ being happy and healthy makes Umbrella happy and healthy.