Getting Prepared for the Holidays

As the holidays approach, our recovery houses have gotten into the spirit of things. Storage space have been explored and decorations have been dusted off to create another year of wonderful winter memories. Recovery over the holiday season is tricky to navigate. We are ...

Happy Halloween!

We love holidays at Umbrella. Any chance to decorate, celebrate, eat candy and carve pumpkins is a fun time! This year we brought pumpkins to some of our transitional housing sites and to Foundation House and our amazing Angels brought pumpkins to Potter and Cooper Hous...

Our busy girl Lyca

There is no greater love than that of a dog, and Lyca has so much love to give. This lucky girl has more than a dozen humans who love, walk and spoil her. The guys at the house do the day to day stuff, but the previous residents, resident's moms and staff all come and t...

Gifts from alumni

Our residents are very special to us, and we know that Foundation House holds a special place in their heart too. Recently one of our alumni Luke and his wife Marie generously bought the house a new fridge and stove - and they are beautiful! Having our residents give ba...

International Dog Day!

Happy International Dog Day to everyone's favourite dog Lyca! This girl changes lives. She lives in our second stage recovery house, has about 40 people that walk her, love her, throw a ball to her and cuddle her. She is so loved and she gives it back 1000%. Many resi...

Recovery at Potter House

We love to celebrate our resident's milestones and today is a BIG day for two of the guys at Potter House. Jonny is celebrating two years, and Matt is celebrating one year of sobriety. Both Jonny and Matt graduated from Foundation House earlier this year and moved into ...

Congratulations Erik!

This week we got to take some time to celebrate Erik. Erik has been our Senior Resident at Foundation House for the past two years. The impact he has had on residents and alumni alike has been immeasurable. His calm and kind demeanour, coupled with ...

Good Luck Spencer!

Here is the story of our quiet, sweet Spencer. Spencer moved into Foundation House almost 18 months ago and  in March of this year he was one of our first residents to move into Potter House. When Spencer arrived at Foundation House he was quiet, shy and likely overwh...

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...

Warner Bros Donation

Warner Bros has been filming a movie called Maid, in Victoria for several months. They reached out to Umbrella (via the United Way) to offer some chairs from their movie set. We are the proud owner of 18 fun blue outdoor chairs which will be shared between two of our ho...