New era for Dawn to Dawn Society
The Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society wishes to congratulate The Comox Bay Care Society on the formation of their new organization – one that assumes the full operation of the Care-A-Van Program. As of March 31, 2012, the Care-A-Van Program is no longer a part of the Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness Society.
We are honoured to have been able to support the development, implementation and growth of the Care-A-Van Program thus far. The benefit to both Dawn to Dawn and Comox Bay Care will be the enhanced ability of each society to focus on their respective mandates. We wish to thank Helen Boyd and her volunteers for their dedication to the CAV Program and we continue to support them in their time of transition to the new Society.
Dawn to Dawn is in the process of undertaking new programs and projects to complement our flagship Residential Program, and we are excited to have new Board members – Richard Clarke, Judy Brooks, and Dan Jackson joining us in the development of these new initiatives. Our Community Garden started at the beginning of April with the support of a Home Depot Canada Foundation Grant. Home Depot volunteers, other community partners, and our own volunteers have prepared the site at Grant Avenue. The use of this site was generously donated by The City of Courtenay and is located close to the Sonshine Lunch Club which will be one of the direct beneficiaries of the garden project.
Dawn to Dawn currently houses thirteen adults and two children, and is expecting another tenant in the near future. We have new housing projects in the planning stages, including the development of Single Resident Occupancy units. Our Bowling Program has been a great success and plans for the Soccer Program are taking shape – individuals interested in donating toward this program, particularly preparing food items for the participants, can contact Dawn to Dawn through our website: www.dawntodawn.org.
We look forward to continuing our relationship with the CAV Program and in helping the homeless members of our community move towards better lives through housing and health care.
Habitat for Humanity is looking for women of all skill levels to help out with their upcoming Women Build, when women of the Comox Valley will construct a home for a local, deserving family. From novice to expert, all women are welcome even those who’ve never picked up a hammer before. There are endless volunteer and fund-raising opportunities and training will be provided.
Of course, women with skilled trades are also needed.
Women are welcome to join as individuals, as part of a team, or they can start a team and invite friends and family to join. The only thing required is enthusiasm and the desire to effect positive change in the community.
After joining Women Build, teams and individuals will set their fundraising goals, collect donations and get ready to help out at the construction site.
For more information or to join Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build, phone Maureen Miller at 250-334-3777 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.