Victoria Royals 2019/20

Sharlene and Bronwyn picked up the Royals season tickets tonight. Every year, the Umbrella Society provides hockey tickets to our supportive recovery housing residents. They are all excited to cheer on the Royals and and get out on the town with fellow residents in recov...

Big D celebrates 3

Tonight was a very special night at Cooper House. One of our residents, who we call Big D, celebrated his 3 years sober today! Staff, current and previous residents and friends all shared some ice cream cake and well wishes on this major milestone. We are so proud of B...

TJ and Lyca meet!

  Today we had to take some stuff over to Cooper House and thought it would be fun to bring Lyca over to meet TJ. Lyca was sniffing the house like crazy but couldn't find TJ right away. She headed upstairs and found TJ sleeping on his persons bed and initially TJ was...

Thank you United Way!

How lucky are we? Rachel from the United Way called us today about tickets for the Harbour Cats game tonight, and offered them to Umbrella. It took a quick call to Cooper House and Foundation House to have them all spoken for. The guys are all very excited to attend an...

TJ’s reunion

On the weekend TJ had a playdate with the sled dogs he was rescued with - Roo (his almost twin), Mary Kate, Apex, Calli, Flash and his previous foster mom Deb. They all got together at the park and their reunion was captured on camera (thank you Wendy)! These dogs went ...

Justin moves on

Tonight was an emotional night at the weekly Foundation House meeting. Long time resident and previous Senior Resident Justin, is moving out tomorrow and tonight, we said goodbye. We welcomed staff, Cooper House guys and some alumni to the house as everyone thanked Just...

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...

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.

Cooper House is 1

It was one year ago today that we opened Cooper House, our third stage house for men. This house is home to four men, and TJ, all of who resided at Foundation House previously. The idea behind this house was to provide the guys with a bit less support, more responsibili...

Umbrella’s Angels

Umbrella now has some angels looking over our third stage housing residents. Starting this month, a group of caring citizens that call themselves "Angels" are living up to their name. These kind helpers are shopping with our residents to provide healthy, nutritious meal...