Speech from the Throne

Today, Sharlene was invited as a special guest to the Speech From The Throne at our Legistlature. It was a great opportunity to see the formality of opening day at the Legislature and to hear Lieutenant Governor Honourable Janet Austin's speech. We were pleased to hear ...

Improv Jan 2023

  Last week we had some housing staff and residents take part in an improv session at the office. There was a lot of laughs and great house bonding. Everyone was blown away not only by how much fun they had but by how much improv worked to support the recovery ski...

Royal Road Campus Connect Jan 2023

Blake and Bronwyn got a chance to spend a few hours connecting with new and returning students at the Royals Roads Campus in Colwood during the Campus Connect event today. There were tons of great vendors and opportunities for students to connect and learn about what t...

RBC Foundation Presentation

Today Umbrella was visited by some of the great folks at RBC Foundation to present us with a $25,000 grant for our youth outreach. We are incredibly grateful for the support of RBC Foundation and so pleased they took time to come to Umbrella's office and meet with some...

Codependency Group Jan 2023

Umbrella's Codependency Group will be returning January 2023 Beginning January 17th from 6-8pm, this weekly group facilitated by Valeria and Christine, two highly skilled counsellors, will focus specifically on the needs of people who struggle with issues related to code...

Christmas in our houses!

The Christmas season has arrived at all our houses! The residents are all ready for Santa and to celebrate the season together. The holidays are a difficult time for many and we try to make it a little bit better for each resident. Often this can be the first time in a...

Sovereign Order Check Presentation

Today Dr Richard Crowe made a visit to Foundation House to present a check to Umbrella's ED Sharlene. These funds will be applied towards the costs of food at Foundation House. Dr. Crowe presented the check on behalf of the Sovereign Order of St. John Victoria, who rec...

Thank you Kia Victoria!

Last week, we gratefully received a large donation of socks from Kia Victoria. Socks are always needed and appreciated and we will ensure that they are delivered to our residents in our transitional housing sites lickety split, we know the residents will appreciate them!...

BC Non-Profit Housing Conference

Umbrella was fortunate to have our Housing Coordinator Erik head over to Vancouver last week to attend the Housing Central annual conference. Umbrella was grateful to have received a bursary so we could send Erik for all three days. It was a whirlwind with a ton of infor...

Thank you Discovery Coffee!

In October, Discovery Coffee chose Umbrella to be their Donation Partner. We were thrilled when they reached out to explain their fundraising program and how they had heard about the work Umbrella's doing. The final total has now been tallied and $439.83 was raised for ...