BINGO Fun Day

Yesterday was BINGO fun day at Umbrella. Umbrella likes to have fun with our team and have some laughs, and yesterday there was no shortage of laughs had by all. We played BINGO with the team, including our Salt Spring folks who ZOOMED in for some fun. We played three ...

Random Acts of Kindness Day

The Victoria Foundation is promoting their annual Random Acts of Kindness Week. What used to be a day, is now a week, and we couldn't be more thrilled. The staff have been making sure they are doing additional acts of kindness this week and people are feeling good. Tod...

Co-Dependency Group

Umbrella is pleased to offer another round of Co-Dependency groups to those who struggle with co-dependency behaviours. Starting in March and by registration only, Registered Clinical Counsellor Valerie MacNeil will provide support and strategies for the group participa...

Goodbye Laura

December was a sad month for Umbrella and the SURF team. Laura resigned to attend full time school in January and continue her work in this field. SURF started with Laura and she brought an incredible amount of knowledge, history, empathy and support to the clients they...

Albina Team

One of the transitional housing sites Umbrella works at, Albina, is staffed by two of Umbrella's finest - Josh and Sean. Alongside our friends at Our Place, this site has incredible residents, lots of engagement and participation and a whole lotta  fun. On Christmas, th...

Thank you Courtnall Society

Umbrella is incredibly grateful to be a grant recipient from the Courtnall Society again this year. Bruce and Cassie came to Umbrella's office to present Jake with the funds. We were told to apply the funds to the area of most need, and because Umbrella is ramping up ou...

Podcast Season 2/E7 – Kristin

In today’s episode, the last episode of 2023, Blake sits down with Kristin, a member of our board and a member of this year’s recovery campaign. Kristin shares her story along with some thoughts on substance use in the trades and systemic changes that need to happen to be...

Thank you Times Colonist

Yesterday, Ian from the Sovereign Order of St John delivered a generous check, on behalf of the Sovereign Order and the Times Colonist to Evan at Umbrella. These funds will be used to offset the rising costs of food at our recovery houses, which allows us to continue to ...

Our Anawim Tree

Every year Anawim generously donates a Christmas tree to Foundation House, and this we got this beauty. Sharlene and Evan headed down to Anawim to meet up with Terry and pick the perfect tree. It isn't Christmas at our houses without Anawim! Thank you!!

Happy 3 years Nathaniel

What a milestone! Last night Zack and Potter House residents celebrated Nathaniel. Nathaniel reached three years in recovery and all of us at Umbrella  are incredibly proud of Nathaniel. That is three years of Nathaniel investing in himself and prioritizing his recover...