Update August 2020: Great news! More Room for Hope is happening!
We have been thrilled with the heartfelt community response to the needs in Samaritan House, one of ICCS’s 12 programs. Recently, the project took a grand leap ahead. Through a collaboration between BC Housing, the City of Nanaimo and partners, a commitment was made to create up to 300 units of new, affordable and supportive housing – including a new Samaritan House – bringing even more “room for hope” than we had initially imagined.
BC Housing has purchased a new, larger lot and will begin the process of working with us and the community to design and build a new facility. This facility will incorporate an enhanced shelter space for women which will follow a new “Bridge to Housing” approach which is similar to how we have operated Samaritan House, supporting the most vulnerable women on their own journey to stable and healthy living. Also included in this new facility will be 40-50 units of supportive housing. A teaching kitchen, dining room, and other program spaces will ensure that we are able to support each person’s individual needs and work together build a stable and supportive community. Island Crisis Care Society will remain the operator of Samaritan House. This means that we will continue to drive the programming decisions and, due to the generosity of our More Room for Hope donors, will have the ability to ensure that the new Samaritan House has the capacity to meet the needs of our clients in tangible ways.