The Main Goal
All staff at Newcastle Place have a shared goal to create a safe supportive environment for program participants to achieve and maintain housing stability.
Security includes a personal room with a locking door, 24 hours staffing, and a variety of standard security measures such as well lit and fenced grounds, extensive camera monitoring, and a controlled entrance. All guests to the property are required to check in and out at the welcome centre and follow rules for conduct and safety.
Support is encouragement, care, and resources that allow people to gain or maintain health and well being. At Newcastle Place support is tied to individualized plans that outline each person’s unique needs, goals, and plans. Working from these personal plans program participants, staff, and health care professionals work together on strategies to overcome barriers and challenges. The Housing First model endorsed by the Canadian Government requires integrated support for success.
Stability is firstly about predictable, reliable shelter people can count on. At Newcastle, participants have access to washrooms, laundry, and a dining room, to meet their basic needs. They also have the opportunity to interact with a variety of trained staff and visiting health professionals each day. The staffing model offers efficient and direct referrals to treatment options, onsite health and medical services, and employment and life skills programming.
Onsite Staff and Health Professionals
- 4 Support Workers are on shift at all times to provide emotional and practical support to program participants and general security for the buildings.
- Every team of support workers has a Senior Support Worker to act as a team leader.
- Outreach Workers are on site daily to provide case planning, assistance with referrals, and liaison with community services and programs.
- Full time Program Manager oversees all programming including staffing, security, and client services.
- Food Service Supervisors provide 2 nourishing meals per day to all residents out of a commercial kitchen.
- A Housekeeper assists program participants to manage their belongings, reduce clutter, and maintain a clean living space.
- A Custodian provides consistent timely cleaning of all public hallways and spaces, including garbage removal and grounds maintenance.
- A building Maintenance Worker ensures that all the systems of the building are in good repair and working order.
Island Health Workers
- Nurses provide basic health services, referrals, and health coaching.
- Case managers provide clinical assessments and access to specialized mental health and substance use services
Community and Volunteers
Newcastle Place has opportunities for neighbours and stakeholders in the community to learn about and give feedback through the Community Advisory Committee (CAC). Our CAC has the following members:
- 5 community members who are local residents or involved in a community organization, business, or neighbourhood group.
- 1 ICCS representative
- 2 Island Health representatives
- 1 RCMP representative
- 1 City of Nanaimo representative
- 1 BC Housing representative
The committee serves to build and maintain positive relationships in the community, facilitate information sharing and dialogue, and identify and resolve any issues, opportunities, and concerns related to the programs operation.
Clean Team and Volunteer Involvement
Program participants will be given the opportunity to help contribute to the neighbourhood by providing clean-up of garbage in the areas surrounding the property. In addition groups like Friends of 250 and others will be given an opportunity to volunteer with program participants in therapeutic actives such as gardening.
BC Housing purchased property at 250 Terminal Avenue in 2018 to locate 4 modular buildings to provide temporary supportive housing. This was in response to an urgent need for housing for people experiencing and at risk of homelessness in the community, including those who were residing at a tent city in the downtown area. ICCS was awarded a contract to provide property management, operations management, and a program of services and support at this location. We began welcoming program participants at the beginning of December who had been assessed and recommended by a team of community professionals.