Victoria Master Gardeners Association

Our staff had the pleasure of meeting with some volunteers from the Victoria Master Gardeners Association recently to talk about the therapeutic value of gardening. These great community members will be working with our team to create a therapeutic gardening program for r...

What an honour!

What a huge honour! Every year the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI Canada) invites youth in select high schools to research and present on a charity. Each year we are interviewed by keen high school students looking to present to their class on Umbrella. This ye...

Minister Sheila Malcolmson

Yesterday, some folks from Umbrella had a great ZOOM meeting with Minister Sheila Malcolmson from the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions. Our Executive Director Sharlene, Team Lead Evan and Board Member Guy joined Minister Malcolmson for an in-depth discussion ab...

Thank you Yonnni’s!

On Wednesday, Tiny Homes received a delicious donation of doughnuts from Yonni's Doughnuts. The residents were so grateful for the treats and they were gobbled up quickly! The staff from Our Place and Umbrella, pictured below, work at Tiny Town and are so appreciative ...

Thank You Note

It's a lovely feeling when a person goes out of their way to let someone know they're making a difference. Check out this note a transitional housing resident left for our staff. Working at the transitional housing sites can be challenging. No one knows that bett...

Sober is Sexy!

We agree with Pamela Anderson - sober is sexy. Umbrella is grateful for the autographed print and to share the message of recovery!  

End of The Roll

  Once again, the business community has stepped up in an incredible way. The stairs at Foundation House are in need of new flooring and we wanted to explore linoleum as an option. Jeremy, a resident at Foundation House chatted with the folks at End of the Roll and arr...

Hammer Time

Umbrella Society, in partnership with VICA, is pleased to share our newest group, Hammer Time. Beginning June 10th, this group is available to provide support for people in construction who are struggling with substance use issues, and may need access to recovery and/or h...

Cold Comfort at Tiny Town

On a wonderfully warm and sunny Wednesday, Umbrella supported the Tiny Homes community at their first ever community meeting. These meetings are a great opportunity for residents to connect, share compliments and concerns, as well as connect with staff on site about ser...

Thank you City of Victoria

In December 2020, Umbrella received funding from the City of Victoria to provide meals, wellness checks and conversations with the unhoused living in Victoria parks. We partnered with the great folks at the Red Cedar Cafe to deliver delicious hot breakfasts daily. Umb...