January Groups

2021 is starting strong with all our group offerings! Monday is our Anxiety group. Tuesday is both our Rainbow Group and our Gratitude Group. Wednesday is SMART Recovery. Thursday will be our Process Addiction Group, starting soon. Friday is our weekly check-in gro...

Telus Friendly Future Foundation

Umbrella is grateful for the support from the Telus Friendly Future Foundation who granted us $15,000 to help people struggling with substance use issues. We received this grant to provide support to individuals who have been living in transitional housing units and ar...

Thank you Banyan Construction!

A huge thank you to our friends at Banyan Construction for donating meals to the residents in all of our houses. The Vancouver Island Construction Association hosted a virtual Christmas lunch today and the great people at Banyan Construction bought a meal for each of ...

Thank you Sovereign Order of St John

Umbrella is grateful for the support from The Sovereign Order of St John of Jerusalem, Knights Hospitaller. which will help fund a project we are starting. This "Coffee and Connection" project is an opportunity for Umbrella to reach out and connect with some of ou...

Birthday Doughnuts!

November 20 was Umbrella's 20th birthday and well, we couldn't celebrate as we had hoped, so we decided to do what we can and spread a little joy and some delicious doughnuts from our friends at Dynamite Doughnuts! The great team at Dynamite Doughnuts, located in Uptown,...

City of Victoria

A Permissive Tax Exemption from the City of Victoria provides relief from property taxation. Umbrella applied for, and was successful, receiving this exemption for Foundation House, our supportive recovery house for men. Being exempt from property tax is one of the way...

Thank you Munro Books!

On Friday, Umbrella picked up three big boxes of books that the staff at Munro Books put together for our residents. We can't tell you how much these gestures mean to Umbrella and our residents. With the lack of fundraising options and being limited on what donations we...

Cucumbers and gratitude

One of our wonderful board members Nancy, delivered about 50 pounds of cucumbers to Umbrella today. Nancy and her green thumb husband grew these huge cucumbers in their yard and shared their bounty with our grateful staff and our residents. We all feel very fortunate t...

Inside supportive housing

Read about the work Umbrella is doing in this great article in the Times Colonist. Thanks to journalist Katie DeRosa for spending time with us. And thank you to Shelby, Ross and Tracey for sharing their story with us. And thanks to all of our supporters and donors - ...

Thank you Marianne!

Have you ever had someone in your life that is like a guardian angel? Well, Umbrella has a few, and one of them is Marianne Alto. Marianne, pictured below with Blake our Housing Manager at Foundation House, always has Umbrella top of mind and we have received some very...