Our Anawim Tree

Everyone at Umbrella is getting a bit more excited every day for the holiday season. And nothing makes us feel more Christmassy than tree shopping at Anawim. Evan stopped by Anawim with morning to chat with their Executive Director, Terry Edison-Brown, about all things...

Christmas at Umbrella!

This afternoon, to celebrate the Christmas season, the team took some time to enjoy lunch and have a fun afternoon together. We rarely get to spend time just relaxing and laughing while sharing stories and playing games. Umbrella has the best team, and we love to spend ...

Happy birthday Keith!

The last staff meeting of each month is saved for cake! This month we celebrated Keith with a delicious chocolate cake made by Sharlene and decorated by Robyn. Blake surprised us with some homemade dumplings too! Apparently the last staff meeting of each month is saved...

Hudson House turns 1!

Happy Birthday Hudson House! One year ago today we opened a women's recovery house, and one year later we are happy to report Hudson House is a success! There is a lot of solid recovery at the house, with three of the women having over a year free from drugs and alcohol...

No tricks, just treats

The last staff meeting of each month is when we celebrate special occasions, holidays, and have some fun. This staff meeting we had a lot to celebrate. We welcomed back Blake from a brief parental leave after the birth of his son. We celebrated Amy's birthday with cake...

BCSS Conference

Today Amy, Cait, Blake and Conor attended the BCSS Victoria conference. There was a lot of important information about cannabis, psychosis and mental health. Umbrella always gets a lot out of these conferences and we appreciate all the work it takes to put these on. Th...

Puppies!

It was a tough start to the work day today for Evan and Lesley. While sharing about Umbrella with provincial employees, a group of adorable puppies arrived filled with energy, licks and love! Puppies make early morning starts worthwhile!

Project Connect 2018

Project Connect is one of our favorite community events and it's not hard to see why. Yesterday, Blake and Cait had a great time connecting with the community and learning about the other resources available to people struggling with housing, mental health, addiction and ...

Goodbye Chris

Today was a sad day at Umbrella. Our long time team member Chris has resigned after 6 years with us. Chris has had many career paths from a coroner to airline steward, we can't wait to see what his next adventure is! There were lots of hugs, tears, memories and, of c...

Safety First!

Somedays you just never know what to expect when you start your day at Umbrella. This morning our Team Lead Chris, shared his story on behalf of the United Way with a hard hat. safety goggles and a safety vest! Chris was welcomed by hundreds of caring workplace employee...