An important part of addressing homelessness in our community is providing homeless individuals and families with the opportunity to participate in meaningful activities. Social integration helps previously homeless individuals and families stay housed, and leads to better success in finding and keeping long-term housing. The reason is simple: when you feel like you belong to a community, you want to contribute to that community. We offer the following programs for Dawn-to-Dawn clients, homeless individuals and the community at-large.
View our recreation program brochure for a summary of current activities.
This is an opportunity for homeless and at-risk individuals to come out to exercise, socialize and have fun. Our clients have formed a team called Maple Pool United and hope to participate in Street Soccer Canada games and tournaments. Street soccer is part of a grassroots movement in Canada and around the world that uses the positive power of sport to enrich and empower marginalized, at-risk and homeless individuals.
The Dawn-to-Dawn Soccer Program has been made possible by a grant from the Comox Valley Regional District.
Participation sessions happen on Wednesdays, 4 pm at the Maple Pool Campground.
For more information, contact Grant Shilling, Residential Support Program Worker, at 250-218-3136
Beginning October 28 at 4:00 pm, and every Wednesday throughout the winter, you are invited to participate in bowling at Country Code Bowling alley (across from the library). This is our third year of bowling and is very popular and a whole lot of fun. Please note that participation is limited to the first 10 players.
Indoor Soccer & Fitness Social
Beginning November 16th, our Indoor Soccer and Fitness Social will commence at the Lewis Centre. Practices are every Sunday from 2:00-4:00pm. Bring gym runners if you have them and we will try to provide some gym shoes.
The Book Club will be hosted at Mudsharks Coffee Shop (across from Sid Williams) come join us for coffee and a treat and share with us your enthusiasm for a favourite book. Look for posters and handouts announcing a date.
The community garden is open to anyone who would like to come out and help the garden grow. It’s an opportunity to learn gardening skills, participate, and make a difference in our community. All produce is donated to the Sonshine lunch club, which provides meals for homeless and at-risk individuals and families in our community.
The garden is a true community project – a $2500 grant from the Home Depot Canada Foundation provided start-up funds, while St. George’s United Church and Huband School provided $1313.54 and $587 in donations to support the ongoing operation of the garden. Numerous businesses and individuals have provided everything from supplies to time, while residents have embraced the opportunity to bring a garden to life in their neighbourhood.
Located at the corner of Sixth and Harmston in Courtenay. Work sessions Wednesday 10:00 am – 12 noon and Sunday 12 noon – 2:00 pm. Drop by the Garden for contact information.
We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia.