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

Gord John stands during question period in Ottawa in Sept. 2020. (PHOTO COURTESY CHRISTIAN DIOTTE, HOUSE OF COMMONS PHOTO SERVICES)
2020: A Year in Review with Courtenay-Alberni MP Gord Johns

NDP MP wants to ‘build back better’ in 2021

Colin Springford expressed his thanks following a birthday truck parade that was held for him on his 75th birthday on April 10, 2020. (Submitted photo)
Longtime Nanoose Bay farmer Colin Springford dies at age 75

‘He will be deeply missed, always loved and never forgotten’

Parksville Fire Department crews attended the scene of a house fire on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021 at the end of Foster Place in Parksville. No injuries were reported. (Mandy Moraes photo)
Fire crews called to battle house fire in Parksville

No injuries reported, kitty rescued

Emma Nunn from Alberni Valley Rescue Squad waits at the summit of Mount Arrowsmith for the rest of the AVRS rope rescue team on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021. (PHOTO COURTESY DAVE POULSEN, AVRS)
UPDATE: Injured hikers among three rescued in the dark from Mount Arrowsmith

‘It was a very bad, very precarious spot to be able to locate them’

A woman writes a message on a memorial mural wall by street artist James “Smokey Devil” Hardy during a memorial to remember victims of illicit drug overdose deaths on International Overdose Awareness Day, in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Monday, August 31, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. paramedics respond to record-breaking number of overdose calls in 2020

On the front lines, COVID-19 has not only led to more calls, but increased the complexity

(Thesendboys/Instagram)
Video of man doing backflip off Vancouver bridge draws police condemnation

Group says in Instagram story that they ‘don’t do it for the clout’

The RCMP are reminding drivers to find alternative ways home if they have consumed anything that impairs their ability to drive. (Black Press file photo)
Impaired Island driver flees road check twice on the same night

The officer issued the driver numerous violation tickets, and a four-month driving suspension

Inspection of bridge crossing on a B.C. forest service road. (B.C. Forest Practices Board)
B.C. falling behind in maintenance of forest service roads

Auditor finds nearly half of bridges overdue for repair

(Black Press Media files)
Woman steals bottles of wine after brandishing stun baton in New Westminster

Police say the female suspect was wearing a beige trench coat with fur lining

Toronto’s Mass Vaccination Clinic is shown on Sunday January 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Canadian malls, conference centres, hotels offer up space for COVID vaccination centres

Commercial real estate association REALPAC said that a similar initiative was seeing success in the U.K.

Kamala Harris and Joe Biden are sworn into office on Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. (Saul Loeb/Pool Photo via AP)
Joe Biden has been sworn in as the 46th president of the United States

About 25,000 National Guard members have been dispatched to Washington

The objectives of the Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society include peer support for parents and caregivers, as well as developing support services, projects, educational and employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome. Photo supplied.
Vancouver Island Down Syndrome Society offers support for families in the community

New non-profit seeking directors in cities across Vancouver Island

A memorial for the fatal bus crash involving the Humboldt Broncos hockey team at the intersection of Highways 35 and 335 near Tisdale, Tuesday, October 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
‘End of the road:’ Truck driver in Humboldt Broncos crash awaits deportation decision

Sidhu was sentenced almost two years ago to eight years after pleading guilty to dangerous driving

Most Read