Quadra Street Thrift Shop has moved
Bigger, new shop at 2644 Quadra St. now open for customers & donors!
On Jan 27, 2021, Beacon’s Quadra Street Thrift Shop moved to a much larger space, only 6 doors away from our former site.
We’re now at 2644 Quadra St (site of the former Party Crashers store), across from Fairways.
Offering very convenient, onsite free parking. Lots of clothes, books, stationary, party supplies, household items….
Open Monday-Saturday, 10:00am-4:00 pm. Please drop by and say hello!
As always at Beacon Thrift Shops, sales proceeds will help fund programs that help us to help people and improve lives.
First COVID vaccination done for Beacon residents
We’re very excited that COVID-19 vaccinations are ‘rolling out’ to residents (and care staff) of Beacon’s care homes!
In January, residents at both of Beacon’s Licensed Dementia Care homes and at Assisted Living homes received their first COVID vaccination and now we’re looking forward to scheduling the second.
In addition to the vaccination program, Beacon care homes continue to adhere to public health orders and direction to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Safety measures include rigorous cleaning and sanitization protocols as well as mandatory masks and other protective equipment for staff and visitors.
For the time being, we are also required to continue limiting social visits to those who have been designated as a resident’s “social visitor,” with visits scheduled in advance: we appreciate everyone’s understanding (and we greatly look forward to being able to join residents in welcoming more visitors as soon as we are able)!
Future CEO transition is announced
CEO Bob Boulter has advised our Board of Directors that he intends to step down from his position after a long and successful career that included more than a decade with Beacon. Bob’s departure is planned to take place over the coming months, not immediately. He’ll remain CEO until a successor is in place, ensuring a smooth transition.
With great sadness and regret, the Board accepted Bob’s decision and has initiated a process to determine his successor.
“Bob has served Beacon and our community exceptionally well and his leadership has provided a very solid foundation for continued success as we work to help people and improve lives in our community,” says Board Chair Carla Robinson.
“We appreciate that we will continue to benefit from his guidance, expertise and support while we look to fill his position in the coming months, and plan for the next era of Beacon.”
Supporting you in your Alzheimers or dementia journey…
COVID restrictions mean we can’t host our usual dementia care support groups at SHOAL Centre at the present time. However, the Beacon team remains as committed as ever to assisting people (and their families) who have Alzheimers or other forms of dementia. We are currently testing out some ‘virtual support groups’ and have offered support over the phone.
To find out more about ‘virtual support groups’, or to connect with these services, please contact Jemma, Beacon’s Family & Friends Caregiver Program Coordinator. She’d be happy to speak with you! Call Jemma at 778-351-1446 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frank Hobbs Elementary decks the halls at Sluggett House
Even though COVID restrictions prevented them from coming to the house, Grade 1 and 2 students from Frank Hobbs School, in Saanich, kindly connected with the folks who live at Beacon’s Sluggett House dementia care home, in Brentwood Bay. They sent cheery paintings, which are now featured in the halls and the TV lounge room for all residents to enjoy.
Thrift Shop donations
Check out how you can help us with thrift shop donations…
Brentwood House residents Home for Christmas!
Holiday cheer arrived early at Beacon’s Brentwood House dementia care home. Nearly 10 months after being displaced by a fire, residents and staff were able to return (to a beautifully renovated house!) Dec 2. Residents celebrated with a special tea, singing, and some dancing in the common lounge area — and were eager to get settled in and get ready to celebrate the festive season with their ‘Brentwood House family.’
Meal Delivery Program now offered across the region
A home cooked meal and a safely distanced visit from a volunteer can make all the difference!
Thanks to United Way funding, Beacon Community Services has started a new seniors’ meal program. We’ve partnered with James Bay New Horizons and 14 other agencies throughout the capital regional district to deliver 3 prepared meals a week to seniors – the goal is to provide up to 1,000 meals a week to clients identified at their local agency. Not only do the meals warm the belly, but the opportunity to visit with those delivering can truly brighten someone’s day. If you know of anyone that might benefit give us a call at 250-656-5537.
Although many regular programs and services are temporarily closed to the public, Beacon is committed to helping our community through this challenging time. THANK YOU for all the heartwarming volunteer and community support that makes this possible!
Please see below for covid-19 service updates on….
Early Years Programs/Peninsula Early Years Centre
Information and Resource Connections: Looking for information on parenting, child development, or other early years topics? Want to have free helpful resources delivered to you (including fun Play and Chat packs that will entertain your young child and support their healthy learning)? Connect with us on weekdays (except stat holidays); 12-2:30 pm. Call 250-415-9794 or email email@example.com Our early years team looks forward to chatting with you!
Peninsula Infant Parent-Child Mother Goose Program, in-person: Peninsula new parents/caregivers and their infants up to 9-months-old are invited to join small, regular groups (cohorts) for 40-minute sessions where you will learn songs to share with your baby while connecting with other community members. Cohorts will meet indoors. Health and safety measures in place! Please contact Suzanne for info/sign up: email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 250-415-9794.
Mother Goose Program, online: This program is available online for parents/caregivers and toddlers and for parents/caregivers and infants. Contact email@example.com for info/to register.
You and Your Baby Program, online: Parents and infants up to 12 months old connect for fun and information in one-hour online sessions. For info/registration, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Special story time and circle songs — and lots of interesting, helpful information! — are also online for families who visit our Peninsula Early Years Centre Facebook page.
We also continue to provide families in need with children’s clothes from our Early Year Centre’s Free Store. The centre/store are closed to the public and can’t accept donations at this time. But staff will ‘shop’ in our store/arrange to deliver clothing (sizes newborn- 6 years) for you. While supplies last. Please email email@example.com to make arrangements.
SHOAL Community Centre & Volunteer Services
SHOAL activities & classes currently suspended
To respect Provincial Health Orders and help keep folks safe and healthy, SHOAL classes and activities are currently on hold. We hope to be able to see soon — please watch for updates!
When SHOAL Centre is able to resume activities, please note that pre-registration will be required. Please wear a mask in the centre’s common areas, respect physical distancing, sanitize/hand wash when you arrive at the centre, and follow our team’s other on-site instructions and guidance for health and safety at SHOAL
In the meanwhile, SHOAL’s Information & Referral Services remain open. If you or someone you know needs support (or has questions about our programs) please call 250-656-5537.
Our community support programs also continue
Beacon’s team of caring volunteers and staff continue to support our community with:
- reassurance/wellness checks by phone or email;
- grocery shopping & delivery;
- seniors 1-1 peer supports;
- free income tax preparation & filing for those with low to moderate incomes;
- and more!
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call us at 250-656-5537. We’ll do what we can to help!
Thrift Shops & donations
Our shops, donations depot, and donations pick up are open Monday-Saturday, 10-4. Click here for a thrift shop near you! We’re happy to serve you. To keep everyone safe, we:
- encourage physical distancing;
- use plexiglass screens and sanitizing wipes in cash areas;
- quarantine donated items for a minimum of 5 days before processing them;
- encourage debit and credit card payments;
- have closed all change rooms; and
- must consider “all sales final.”
Please note: By order of the Provincial Health Officer, masks MUST be worn inside our shops and if lining up to enter the store. Please respect this — and our other customers and donors as well as our staff and the dedicated volunteers who give their time to serve you. We are happy to provide you with a mask if necessary. To supplement your mask, face shields are also available for a small fee.
Thrift Shop donations
We’re very grateful to accept donations at designated locations. Your donations help support many wonderful community programs and we very much appreciate them! However, so we can continue accepting donations in safe and healthy environment, we ask you to please follow our Contactless Donation Protocols.
Support for homeless youth
Our Out of the Rain shelter for homeless youth is open every night until April 15 at Beacon’s 1450 Elford Street location, in Victoria. The shelter offers night-time shelter and meal services to help keep at-risk youth safe and healthy. Our site has been equipped with plexi-glass barriers and other health and safety measures. Outreach workers continue to be available to provide support to youth in need. If you know someone aged 15-25 who needs this support, please tell them about us!
Our caring staff are delighted to be offering infant toddler pre-school program at the Saanichton Individual Learning Centre.
For information about quality, licensed child care for families during the covid pandemic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Free Employment Services
Sidney and Salt Spring Island WorkBC centres are open to serve you, by appointment. We’re also open for free ‘virtual’ services to support your job search or development needs. For Saanich Peninsula services, call 250-656-0134; email email@example.com For Salt Spring Island centre, call 250-931-7687 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
United Way Services
As the community bands together to deal with covid-19, Beacon is very proud to be the anchor, or hub, agency in the CRD for the United Way’s Safe Seniors, Strong Communities initiative. The BC-wide initiative is a partnership between the United Way’s Better at Home program, bc211, and the Province of BC, launched in response to the Covid-19 emergency. The United Way selected Beacon as the anchor organization to coordinate Safe Seniors, Strong Communities services for seniors/volunteers in Greater Victoria and on the southern Gulf Islands.
Are you a senior who needs a friendly check-in call or volunteer help with grocery shopping or prescription pick up? Or a volunteer who wants to help? Please call or text 2-1-1 or register at bc211.ca We’ll work with our partner agencies to help get the help you need, or connect you with a suitable volunteer opportunity.
Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care
We’re very happy to be able to welcome visitors in our Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care homes, on a limited basis. For the time being, social visits must be scheduled ahead of time, in accordance with public health (Island Health) requirements. Please note: public health authorities currently limit each resident to having one consistent, designated social visitor. Each site is permitted to host only one social visit at a time.
Rigorous health and safety protocols are in place, including that each visitor must wear a mask and other protective equipment. Each visitor also has a health screening at every visit, including a temperature check.
We unfortunately can’t yet welcome volunteers back to Beacon homes. However, our activity coordinators/staff are serving up as many enjoyable activities for residents as we can (with appropriate physical distancing, of course!)
Residents and loved ones are also staying connected through Window Visits, Facetime and other technologies.
ps: Please be assured that we look forward to resuming Beacon’s usual ‘open door’ visitor policies as soon as we can. In meanwhile, many residents are DELIGHTED to get cards and letters! We encourage you to keep in touch with your Beacon home friends and family members.
Counselling Services are available through one-to-one in-person appointments at our office, virtually, or by meeting in community, depending on the comfort of those seeking services. Thank you for understanding that, for the time being, appointments are scheduled in advance. Please call 250-656-0134 for further information.