Foxglove is Open!

By Bill Briscall | April 29, 2022

Foxglove is open! As of today, over 60 people have moved.  BC Housing arranged a formal event on Thursday, April 21 where all levels of government attended to acknowledge publicly the need for places like Foxglove that have the added component of enhanced health supports that are on-site, like nurses and the Managed Alcohol Program. It …

COVID-19 Response October 2020 Update (revised November 9)

By Bill Briscall | October 29, 2020

NEW: Due to the public health order issued on Nov 7, 2020, we’ve made temporary changes to the following information, dated Nov 9 to Nov 23 and in bold font. Hello to everyone! We’ve been keeping our heads down, working hard during the pandemic, and wanted to provide an update on how we’re addressing COVID-19 …

Pendants Provide Purpose during a Pandemic

By Bill Briscall | May 28, 2020

“They were very popular and sold out in less than 2 days. I completely ran out of materials and was even taking apart my old ones to re-construct the new!” Tina Pali makes beautiful pendants, a creative outlet that combines many of her passions – art, the outdoors, even her husband! – and she found …

RainCity’s response to COVID-19

By Bill Briscall | April 2, 2020

We wanted to let you know how we’re addressing COVID-19 at RainCity Housing in order to make it as safe as we can for the residents and participants that we work with on a daily basis. We are regularly monitoring developments that may be related to COVID-19 and are relying on information from the BC …

Can a Construction Company and a Non-Profit share values?

By Bill Briscall | February 28, 2020

This past Wednesday RainCity was invited to attend Pomerleau’s grand opening of its new office in Vancouver. Pomerleau showed attendees how they develop and adopt innovative technology by providing virtual reality goggles for an exclusive walkthrough experience of some of Pomerleau’s key projects. Bill, our Fund Development and Comms person, tried the VR goggles and …

Winter Chills, Winter Thanks!

By Bill Briscall | January 31, 2020

Whether you were in the heart of Downtown Vancouver, or on the Sunshine Coast, there were some really cold days this winter. But our neighbours and supporters stepped up in so many ways in a lot of the communities where we provide housing and shelter. And not just leading up to Christmas – we’ve been …

We got through 2019 – and the whole decade – thanks to our amazing staff!

By Bill Briscall | December 31, 2019

Working at a nonprofit can be hard. Really hard. Because they’re working so hard, our staff don’t necessarily know the kind of impact they’re making every day in people’s lives and in the communities where they work.  One reason it’s so hard is that during one shift a million things can happen that need a …

Shared Post: CAEH features two RainCity Housing First Programs

By Bill Briscall | November 28, 2019

For this month’s blog we’re sharing the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness’s Bright Spots blog post that features our Surrey ICM Team and our LGBTQ2S+ Youth Housing First Program. It talks about the importance of having folks with lived experience working and managing programs, particularly when Housing First is a crucial part of the program. …

The Kids Are More Than Alright!

By Bill Briscall | October 29, 2019

Today’s youth can remind us of what is truly important, and that anyone – at any age – can make a difference. These three youth were too young to vote or run a business so they each found different ways to support others. For her 6th birthday Vivian asked for donations instead of gifts and raised over $200! Chloe, …

Do you have Food Security?

By Bill Briscall | October 1, 2019

You might. While the cost of living is getting higher in BC’s Lower Mainland, you probably have a job and money to put towards regular meals in your home. But if you’re household is relying on social assistance as the main or only source of income, a BC Center for Disease Control study found that …