Nanaimo Outreach

Island Crisis Care Society / Programs / Nanaimo Outreach

ICCS provides outreach support to clients in Martha’s Place, Mary’s Place, and our Rent Subsidy Program.

For clients in Martha’s Place and Mary’s Place, our Outreach Worker visits regularly to provide support such as coaching, connection to services, accompaniment to appointments, and other assistance.

For clients in our Rent Subsidy Program, our Outreach Workers perform monthly check-ins.

The integrated housing model that includes Martha’s Place, Mary’s Place, and the Rent Subsidies demonstrates that stability is possible for many women when they have a basic level of regular support from an outreach worker along with their choice of housing options.

“Some people think when you offer housing right away that you’re actually enabling people as opposed to helping them get better. Our experience has been that providing housing first, and then treatment, actually has more effective results in reducing addiction and mental health symptoms than trying to do it the other way.” – Sam Tsemberis