The Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness is co-chaired by Susanna Newton (Society of Organized Services), Sharon Welch (Forward House Community Society) and Violet Hayes (Island Crisis Care Society). Task force members include representatives from:
Services and support for the homeless in our region are provided by such organizations and service providers as Island Crisis Care Society, Society of Organized Services, Canadian Mental Health Association and our local churches. The Salvation Army operates the local food bank and Manna Homeless Society offers emergency supplies to homeless in the Oceanside region. If you would like to help, a list of needed supplies is provided here. [Supply List pdf]
ISLAND CRISIS CARE SOCIETY
ICCS is a registered non-profit society helping people in crisis to stabilize and then find the support, resources, and services needed to recover and be well. ICCS works in cooperation with provincial and federal agencies, community groups and faith-based organizations to develop housing options and programs that respect the needs of individuals with multiple challenges or concurrent disorders.
Together with professionals in the social service field, ICCS created Crescent House which has become a model used by communities throughout BC. This successful model provides a short-term “oasis in the storm” where individuals can rest and recover before moving to independent living or other forms of housing.
SOCIETY OF ORGANIZED SERVICES – DISTRICT 69
The SOS child, youth and family centres are located at 245 West Hirst Avenue in Parksville and 744 Primrose Street in Qualicum Beach, both are gathering places for the community. SOS provides a supportive and nurturing environment for the children, youth, adults and families of District 69.
The Child, Youth and Family Centre (CYFC) offers a variety of programs, support and services (free of charge) for the residents of District 69, including in-house programs, workshops and special events. In addition, SOS provides information on and referrals to other services available in our community. Programs and services are supported by over 350 volunteers, and are funded by the sale of donated goods through the SOS Thrift Shop, cash donations, estate bequests and fundraising activities.
FORWARD HOUSE COMMUNITY SOCIETY
Forward House Community Society, located at 136 East Hirst Avenue in Parksville provides day programs for adults experiencing mental health challenges (some with concurrent addiction issues) who are living in District 69. Forward House offers programs in education, life skills, recreation, and expressive therapies, as well as the Healthy Eating Meal Program which provides six lunches and three dinners per week plus nutritional education. Forward House provides a strengths-based culture that focuses on individuals’ talents and abilities. They create a safe, friendly, and family-like environment where clients are empowered to develop/maintain independence and autonomy by giving them tools to enhance their skills. Forward House has also developed a successful vocational program through their Lawn Care Services team. Forward House also provides support groups for caregivers, conduct community presentations on stigma and compassionate communication and host several practicum students each year. For more information http://www.forwardhouse.com/ 250 954-0785.