SAGE Transition House is an 18-bed transition house that provides safety and support to women and their children fleeing abusive situations. Shelter, food, clothing, personal items, referrals, advocacy, individual support and support groups are offered for typically 30 days. SAGE Second Stage Housing program offers 2 private units within SAGE House for 3 to 6 months for women and their children who have left an abusive situation and have been referred by SAGE Transition House, another transition house or a community agency. The program is designed to provide ongoing transitional support for women and their children so they are able to successfully transition to independent lives free of abuse and violence. Our donation will be used to purchase a new vehicle so the women have transportation to their appointments which address their many issues.
September 14, 2020
North Shore Youth Safe House
North Shore Youth Safe House (NSYSH) provides short-term emergency housing and support services for youth, ages 13 - 18, who are homeless, or live in unsafe and dangerous situations. It is the only house in the Lower Mainland to serve 13 - 15 year-olds. Staffed 24 hours a day, the NSYSH services are designed to help youth return to a home safely or to an alternate living environment. Using an Integrated Case Management approach, skilled youth workers provide the community supports required to meet the complex needs of high-risk youth. Residents have access to Family Support Workers, Parent-Teen Mediation and Transitional Youth Workers, drug and alcohol assessment, on-going and after-care support, and referrals to other services such as medical help, mental health support, educational and career counselling.
Harvest Project’s mission is ‘extending a hand up, not a hand-out’ as they reach out to people challenged by family break-down, illness, job loss and poverty. They provide coaching, counsel, grocery and clothing support, as well as a rent-bank. Their Grocery Support Program currently supplies more than 300 families each month. Through the COVID-19 crisis, they can no longer accept food donations and now deliver grocery store gift cards to each client family’s front door. It will also require their counselling services to be delivered in a different way, which will require technical tools and staff to maintain connections with each client. The Harvest Project will use the donation to provide grocery gift cards and will also free up some funds for them to adapt their case management model.
As a leader and champion for mental health, CMHA promotes the mental health of all and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness. In 2018/19, the organization served over 6200 people of all ages on the North Shore. Our funds will be used to support the Steps Youth recreation program, which supports youth with mental health challenges by building wellness through social and recreational activities.
Family Services of the North Shore is a non-profit, community-based agency, which has been committed to making deep and lasting impact across the entire North Shore for over 60 years. They offer counselling, support, education, and volunteer engagement opportunities to help people reach their full potential. Services include youth support, LGBTQ2S support, seniors and caregivers support, eating disorders prevention program, grief support and the Christmas Bureau. Our donation will go to the Christmas Bureau, which provides Christmas gifts and basic supplies for 1900 North Shore residents.
The Whole Dyslexic Society offers a coordinated and central approach to address the needs of the dyslexic individual and their community, while ensuring a safe place for accelerated learning, healing, education, social interaction and support. Our funds will be used to get their methods into the school system via outreach, workshops and sustainability to ensure the challenges do not occur.
One year later, Sue Hall provides a video update of how our donation was used.
The West Vancouver branch of the BC SPCA is one of 44 locations across the province serving sick, neglected, abused and homeless animals. Whether you are looking to adopt a new furry friend into your family or would like to know more about how you can make difference for animals in our community, they are there to help. Join them in the fight against animal cruelty! Our donation will be used to assist with the maintenance of the shelter facility and to purchase much-needed equipment.
North Shore Meals on Wheels is a non-profit organization that has been operating on the North Shore for close to 40 years. Not only do the organization’s 120 volunteers deliver nutritious meals directly to clients three days a week, but volunteers often stay for a short visit, assuring family members that their loved ones will be checked on every time meals are delivered. North Shore Meals on Wheels is part of a network of services that works to ensure clients can maintain their independence and remain in their own homes. Our donation will be used to purchase additional thermal carriers to ensure meals arrive hot and ready to eat.