Presentation

Today, Karen Urbanoski from Canadian Insititute for Substance Use Research at UVIC and Umbrella's Team Lead, Evan James presented to over 100 interested individuals about the different understandings of addiction and implications for treatment. This dialogue provided a...

Lunch with Angels

Today, Sharlene and Blake joined a lovely group of community members appropriately called "Angels" for lunch and an update. Over the past year, this generous group has been doing a monthly grocery shop with the residents of Cooper and Hudson Houses. The residents are so...

Chamber Business Lunch

Sharlene and Blake, our Housing Manager, attending the Chamber of Commerce business luncheon with CEO of BC Housing, Shayne Ramsay. It is always great to attend these events and meet other people passionate about housing and our community. And a bonus was sitting with G...

Thank you St Aidans Church

There are not enough ways to say thank you! Today St Aidans Church members donated $11, 178 to Umbrella which 100% of this donation will be applied to the downpayment for Foundation House that we are working so hard to secure. The staff and board are incredibly grateful...

Project Connect 2020

Today was Project Connect at Kirk Hall. Louise and Laura were on hand to help with questions, share information and provide support as needed. This event is an annual one, typically in October. This year, the organizers changed it to January and I think the community ap...

Thank you Cold Comfort!

Thank you so much to Cold Comfort for their recent fundraiser for the Umbrella Society! For the month of December, the local ice cream hot spot donated all proceeds from scoops of ice cream to the Umbrella Society. Support from the business community is always so very ...

Thank You from Our Residents!

Christmas joy is in the air, and the residents of Umbrella's supportive recovery houses know how to celebrate the season! With the support of our amazing community, every resident in our houses will wake up on Christmas morning to thoughtfully donated gifts. Christmas ca...

Christmas Fundraiser 2019

Thank you to each and every person who bought cookies for this years Umbrella Christmas Cookie Fundraiser. Sharlene spent countless hours in the kitchen whipping up her incredible (and beautiful) cookies and the support from the community was overwhelming. We raised $1,7...

Anawim Tree 2019

One of our favorite yearly traditions is shopping for Christmas trees at Anawim House. Anawim has been a great community partner over the years and they always have the most incredible trees! A big thank you to Terry for helping Evan pick out the perfect ones for our re...

Cold Comfort Ice Cream

This afternoon we got the chance to chat with the owner of local ice cream shop extraordinaire, Cold Comfort. They wanted to know about how Umbrella uses donations and what the impact of a fundraiser was on programs. An hour later, our Facebook lit up when we learned tha...