Susan is a client of the Island Crisis Care Society who was helped into housing at Newcastle Place in Nanaimo after living in a tent city and becoming sick from living outdoors. YouTube

Susan is a client of the Island Crisis Care Society who was helped into housing at Newcastle Place in Nanaimo after living in a tent city and becoming sick from living outdoors. YouTube

Giving others a hand up is a precious gift

Your financial or volunteer support helps Island Crisis Care Society deliver much-needed programs

When Susan ran into health problems that prevented her from working, and was ultimately evicted from her home, she wound up on the street, ultimately living in Nanaimo’s tent city.

After a trip to the hospital emergency department with worsened health due to living in cold and wet conditions, she discovered the support of a community organization whose primary mandate is to get a roof over people’s heads.

“Sometimes it’s easy to see people who are experiencing homelessness as ‘the others’ and not feel a connection to their story,” says Corrie Corfield, assistant executive director of Island Crisis Care Society. The organization operates seven shelter, housing and recovery sites between Nanaimo and Oceanside and runs 11 programs that support 150 to 200 people daily.

“The reality is, some folks have gone through troubles in their lives and simply haven’t had access to supports,” Corfield adds. Those supports, as in Susan’s case, often start with providing a temporary or transitional home or a healthy meal.

Everyone has a story

No matter where a person is at or what their life experience has been, they deserve the chance to be helped and be supported to help themselves, Corfield says. “All the people we serve have stories – many things can lead people to homelessness. Often it’s a combination of experiences, trauma and hopelessness.”

It can be difficult to ask for help, especially when people are at their most vulnerable, then “add to that the stigma that comes when the struggle you’re going through involves substance use and/or mental health challenges, which tend to be socially unacceptable issues” she says.

Long history of helping Islanders

For 30 years the Island Crisis Care Society has offered a hand up to those in need. Today it offers a “spectrum of care,” that meets people where they are, Corfield says.

“We have shelters that people access when they’re in those crisis moments and they need a safe place to be for that night or day; safe and stable supportive housing, recovery-based housing spaces and outreach programs. All of our programs allow people to move along at their own pace as they move through their journey.”

How you can help

If you’d like to help the Society provide support, shelter and safety for vulnerable residents and work to improve their quality of life, you can make a tax-deductible donation or volunteer in a variety of ways. “We offer a whole continuum of care, and when people donate they’re supporting that continuum of care,” Corfield says.

Call 778-441-4227, visit islandcrisiscaresociety.ca or send an email to info@iccare.ca for more information. Or check out the latest happenings on their Facebook page.

 

Getting people off the streets and into stable and safe shelter and housing is part of the mandate of the Island Crisis Care Society.

Getting people off the streets and into stable and safe shelter and housing is part of the mandate of the Island Crisis Care Society.

Just Posted

Cheryl Dill visits the PQB News/VI Free Daily studio. (Peter McCully photo)
PQBeat: Talking jobs, tourism and business with Cheryl Dill in Parksville

Podcast: COVID-19 has far-reaching impacts on Vancouver Island

(File photo)
PQB crime report: Vandals strike in Parksville, prowler lurks in Nanoose Bay

Oceanside RCMP receive 276 complaints in one-week period

In this image from NASA, NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter Ingenuity lands on the surface of Mars Monday, April 19, 2021. The little 4-pound helicopter rose from the dusty red surface into the thin Martian air Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. (NASA via AP)
VIDEO: NASA’s Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

The $85 million helicopter demo was considered high risk, yet high reward

Orca 1
Orcas: Our Shared Future finally surfaces at Royal B.C. Museum

Museum dives into the world of the killer whale as delayed feature exhibition now open

New figures show Canadian housing prices outpacing those in other developed countries. (Black Press Media file photo)
Canadian housing prices fastest rising in the world

Relative to 2000, housing prices have risen by a factor of more than 2.5

Polystyrene has been outlawed as a take-out option for restaurants in Tofino and Ucluelet. (Black Press Media file photo)
Styrofoam done as a takeout option on Island’s Pacific Rim

Tofino and Ucluelet ban polystyrene take-out containers

The IIO is investigating after a police dog bit a man during a traffic stop near Ladysmith on April 17, 2021. (Black Press Media stock photo)
IIO investigating after police dog bites man near Ladysmith

RCMP dog bit man during traffic stop on Friday, April 17

This photo shows crews battling the fire at 7987 Galbraith Cres. that caused extensive damage and displaced six residents early Sunday morning. (Central Saanich Fire/Department Twitter)
Six fortunate to escape terrifying early-morning fire in Greater Victoria

Damage to the duplex extensive with one resident said to be ‘catatonic’ after escaping building

Joudelie King wants to get out and live life to the fullest, but there are places she can’t go because they don’t meet her accessibility needs. (submitted photo)
New online tool provides accessibility map for people with disabilities

The myCommunity BC map provides accessibility info for nearly 1,000 locations in the province

Most Read