Happy 4th to us!

It was four years ago today that we took over the operations of Foundation House, our first recovery house. We have learned a lot, grown a lot, laughed a lot, cried a lot and helped a lot of people, including our 4-legged residents - Cali, TJ and now Lyca. We are now in...

Road Trip!

Today Sharlene and Evan headed to Campbell River to present to Island Health's Board of Directors about recovery houses. It was a long drive, but totally worth the view and the opportunity to present about our housing model. Grateful!

Tossing axes around

Today the Umbrella team (minus Angela and Bruce) headed to the Axe and Grind for some stress relief, team fun and a lot of laughs. We spent the afternoon tossing around axes taking a moment from the busyness of our usual day. A great time was had by all! Thanks to th...

Here for Families

Substance use and recovery touch the lives of many people. In our day to day work we see first hand the hard work and determination of family members and loved ones impacted by substance use and recovery. No one should have to do this alone. Our family counselling offers ...

Check out TJ!

This happy pup just had his follow up shots and check up at Broadmead Vet today. Dr Wilson was pretty darn impressed with TJ! Since moving from Foundation House to Cooper House he has gained 7 pounds, and is weighing in at a solid 61 pounds!! TJ is happy, healthy and f...

Game Night

Tonight is the sold out Victoria Royals Fan Appreciation game night at Save-On Foods Memorial Arena. Umbrella is hosting the Chuck-A-Puck, continuing to raise funds to purchase the recovery house we currently rent. Come out and support the Royals and Umbrella and if you...

Louise is back!

Yesterday Umbrella welcomed Louise back to RAAC with flowers and hugs. Louise was instrumental in the start up at RAAC and last year took a position at the Supervised Consumption Site. Although Louise stayed on as a casual with Umbrella, we missed her terribly. When a p...

Hockey Playoffs

Umbrella loves local hockey so we could not be more proud of our local teams! The Victoria Royals and the Victoria Grizzlies have both made it to the playoffs. Umbrella provides second stage housing residents with season and playoff tickets. Our residents can't wait to s...

Lyca

The best part of having dogs in our recovery houses is that the staff can sneak them away for walks and love. Today Bronwyn took Lyca for a walk and to the water, and she clearly enjoyed the view. We love our house dogs!

Susan retires

Today was the final day of work for the amazing Susan Ward. Susan who has been a nurse for 50 years, with 30 of them in Withdrawal Management has touched so many people's lives. Today, her coworkers at Detox had a lovely tea for her and Evan, Sharlene, Lesley, Mike and ...