Author: Elspeth Erickson

By Sheila Backman, ICCS storytelling volunteer The Japanese do not discard their broken pottery. Instead, they mix gold dust with lacquer to make repairs. The break becomes part of the piece’s history and the gold lines running through make the object even stronger...

By Alexandra Soanes, ICCS Communications intern Clients with Island Crisis Care Society are blessed to be able to have safe and secure shelter, food and care. Yet at times, having access to another service or support – something as simple as a haircut or as...

It is impossible to describe a typical day in Newcastle Place.  Born as it was in a flurry of action with the quick dismantling of Nanaimo’s Tent City in 2018, and the rapid pulling together of “temporary” accommodation for its former residents, Newcastle began in...

It is that time again!  The Coldest Night of the Year will soon be here! What is the event: Coldest Night of the Year is a Canada wide walk and fundraiser, aimed to help people come together in community and think about issues of homelessness and precarious...

Give the gift of hope this Christmas! Project Rise is a new ICCS program offering life-changing pre-employment training and work placements to clients who are rising out of homelessness into hope.  Even a small gift can make a difference  $20 can support one hour of the program...

Thursday September 30th is Canada’s first Truth and Reconciliation Day.  It is a day to reflect and remember, but also to move forward from the devastating legacy of the past towards a better tomorrow. As an ICCS team, we often ponder big issues, including those of...

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]What are you thankful for?   As autumn days move forward, we at ICCS begin to think about Thanksgiving, to take a moment to pause and remember the blessings of home, family and well-being – and to be grateful. Despite the challenges so many have faced during this...

by Sandra Fox, Manager Newcastle Place On a beautiful sunny June day, Newcastle outreach staff Nora and Donna took 2 clients from Newcastle Supportive Housing for a field trip to North Island Wildlife Recovery Center. The Center is a non-profit and were kind enough to donate...

21 June 2021 – Island Crisis Care Society is excited to announce an exciting new venture! In an effort to ensure the on-going responsiveness of its programming to clients and community, Island Crisis Care Society (ICCS) has taken a bold and exciting step forward; moving into...

It may seem sometimes as though ICCS clients and staff and donors live quite different realities, with vastly different life experiences and backgrounds.  Yet in fact, often when we learn each others’ stories, we find that we are much more connected than we might ever...