New gift!

Today a large package ... no, a huge gift was delivered to Foundation House. One of our incredible alumni wanted to give back, so he did. This previous resident bought us a brand new barbecue, and we couldn't be more grateful for this generous gift. Now that our new ba...

Thrifty’s Smile Card

Are you a Thrifty Foods Shopper? If you are, please consider loading a Smile Card pre-assigned to Umbrella. Thrifty Foods will then donate 5% of what you spend to Umbrella. If you are interested in receiving your own Smile Card, please send us an email at wecanhelp@umb...

Brickyard Pizza Fundraiser

Brickyard Pizza had their second annual fundraiser for Umbrella on June 17. Not only do they donate a portion of their pizza and art sales to Umbrella, but the incredibly talented Natalia (pictured below with Umbrella's Evan) offered to donate 100% of the sales of her pa...

Umbrella’s AGM

Tonight was Umbrella's Annual General Meeting. We had a great turnout from the community and after our very short business meeting, we got a chance to socialize. A huge thank you to everyone that attended and to our board and staff. We are full of gratitude. Pic...

Umbrella AGM

The Umbrella Society for Addictions and Mental Health’s is pleased to announce the upcoming Annual General Meeting at Christ Church Cathedral This brief meeting and get together will include highlights of Umbrella’s growth and strategic direction, and an informal r...

Youth Hub

Our wonderful board member, Jen (in the photo) and our ED Sharlene attended the official announcement and beginning of construction of the Youth Hub here in yyj today. This new Youth Hub is going to provide so many opportunities, supports and connections for youth ...

Congratulations Volunteers!

  Last night, 35 volunteers finished the Community Volunteer Training Program. Thank you to our partner organization, The Cool Aid Society, and to the United Way for being the sole funder of this program. The next session starts in the fall. If you are interested...

Vital Youth Award

Last fall, Evan and Sharlene were invited by the youth philanthropy class at Frances Kelsey Secondary, to talk about Umbrella, the clients we serve and share our experiences. The class had invited several organizations and had the difficult task of selecting who would re...

Yoga and Connection

Our good friends at She Recovers are hosting a Yoga and Connection event on June 17 here in Victoria. If you aren't familiar with She Recovers, please have a look at their intentions and guiding principles. For more information about this upcoming event, exciting retreat...

Community Collaboration

Last week, at the Songhees Wellness Centre, AVI hosted a community collaboration to discuss the overdose crisis. The forum consisted of people with lived experience, family members and service providers from Victoria. In addition to breakout groups, there was a panel of ...