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Thrift Shop donations
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Directors elected at June 24 AGM
Warm thanks to newly retired directors Howard Brunt, Rebecca Grant and Bryan Waller – and a warm welcome to new directors Joan Easton, Kim Milburn, Susan Rand, and Fiona St. Clair. Please click here to learn about our volunteer Board of Directors.
New childcare centre in development
We’re excited to be partnering with the Victoria Cool Aid Society to operate the childcare centre at Cool Aid’s new Crosstown housing centre when construction is finished – hopefully fall 2022.
Cool Aid’s new development on the former Tally Ho property (3020 Douglas Street) will add 102 affordable apartments to the site, plus 52 new homes for the existing supportive housing tenants, and various community amenities (including our daycare).
We’re looking forward to working with Cool Aid to help improve families’ lives at Crosstown!
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….
Thrift Shops & donations
Our shops, donations depot, and donations pick up re-opened on June 16. To keep everyone safe, you’ll notice we use plexiglass screens and sanitizing wipes in cash areas, quarantine donated items for a minimum of 5 days before processing them, and encourage debit and credit card payments. Additionally, at this time, change rooms remain closed and all sales are final; we appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
We’re also now accepting donations again! Thank you so much for holding on to all your donations during this time — they will help support many wonderful community programs! We ask you to please follow our Contactless Donation Protocols for dropping off donations in coming weeks and months.
Please drop by and say hi – we can’t wait to see you! Click here to find a Thrift Shop near you!
The infant toddler pre-school program at the Individual Learning Centre is now operational for July and August.
For information about quality, licensed child care for families during the covid pandemic, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Early Years Programs/Peninsula Early Years Centre
While regular programming and drop-ins are still closed, staff are working virtually…even filming special story time and circle songs for families who visit our Peninsula Early Years Centre Facebook page. We are still available to connect with families by phone/text/emails — please call or text 250-415-9794 or send an email to email@example.com.
We 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
SHOAL Community Centre & Volunteer Services
SHOAL Centre has begun a gradual re-opening — we’re starting to run fitness classes, support programs, and foot care in July and August for current members who register. We can’t wait to see you again! Please see the July/August issue of SHOAL’s newsletter TideLines for the latest information, or call SHOAL at 250-656-5537.
Please also note that the Beacon team continues to support our community with:
- reassurance/wellness checks by phone or email;
- grocery shopping & delivery;
- take out meals from our Tides at SHOAL kitchen on the Peninsula; and
- seniors peer counselling
- free income tax preparation & filing for those with low to moderate incomes.
If you or someone you know needs assistance, please call us at 250-656-5537. We’ll do what we can to help!
United Way Services
As the community bands together to deal with covid-19, we’re 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.
Free Employment Services
Sidney and Salt Spring Island WorkBC centres are closed to public access for now, except by appointment. But we’re 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
Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care
As soon as our site Safety Plans for our Assisted Living & Licensed Dementia Care homes is approved by our local Health Authority (Island Health) and put in place, in person visits will begin to resume in July. A scheduled physically distanced one-on-one visit with a designated visitor (one visitor per resident) will be permitted, provided that proper screening takes place and our health & safety protocol is adhered to prior to and during the visit.
We are so excited and happy for our residents to see family and friends once again! We appreciate your patience and understanding while we ensure the safest way possible to move forward with these much-needed social visits.
We remain committed to providing Beacon residents with quality care and support — our activities coordinators/staff are serving up as many enjoyable activities for residents as we can (with appropriate physical distancing, of course!)
We’re also keeping residents and loved ones connected with each other through Window visits, Facetime and other technologies (many thanks to Telus, the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and the Town of Sidney for supporting this effort by generously donating/setting up new tablets!)
ps: Just a reminder – many residents are DELIGHTED to get cards and letters! Please keep in touch
Support for homeless youth
The team at our Out of the Rain seasonal shelter for homeless youth is helping keep at-risk youth safe and healthy by providing them with laundry services, hygiene supplies, healthy meals, and regular support from our outreach workers.
Counselling Services continue to be offered and available through one to one appointments, Zoom and or meeting in community pending on the comfort of those seeking services. Services are offered by appointments only. Please call 250-656-0134 for further information.