People’s Roots Grow Deep

People’s Roots is the Salt Spring Community Services farm program based on an acre of land in the Burgoyne Valley belonging to the Salt Spring Island Farmland Trust that preserves land for the use of agricultural practices.
With support from Chorus Frog Farm and Bullock Lake Farm, 2015 has proven a bountiful year for the program. It marks the fourth year People’s Roots has been growing organic produce for Community Services programs such as Family Place, the Core Inn, the food bank, In from the Cold emergency shelter and the Yellow Sub — the daily mental health program……

Project Connect

We’ll be hosting the annual ‘Project Connect’ at the Outreach Building at Salt Spring Island Community Services. Project Connect is an opportunity for those who are experiencing homelessness or extreme poverty to connect with the resources, information and some supplies to help alleviate the impacts of living with no permanent home. Service providers, information, care […]

Homelessness Action Week

It’s time to take action to end homelessness on Salt Spring Island and the Southern Gulf Islands. The Housing First program aims to develop long-term housing solutions for everyone on Salt Spring Island, however, an essential aspect of ending homelessness is providing emergency shelter to those in need.  Every night of the winter on Salt […]

Canada Could End Homelessness: But It’ll Cost $46/year

Nobody grows up with the aspiration to be the poster child for homelessness, but you take what you’ve been given, right?” Katrina Blanchard-Gervais laughs at the absurdity of it all, and she sounds more bright than bitter. After two years in homeless shelters, the mother of six now has an apartment as part of an […]

Salt Spring Joins 20,000 Homes

Salt Spring Community Services has signed onto a national initiative that strives to house 20,000 of Canada’s most vulnerable homeless people by July 1, 2018. The 20,000 Homes Campaign starts from the evidence-supported premise that permanent housing is a necessary first step to helping people work on the underlying problems that can cause homelessness, such […]

Service Delivery Changes Announced for Salt Spring Mental Health Services

  Salt Spring Island Community Services welcomed the news from Island Health this week that they are increasing funding for mental health supports that have, so far, been unavailable or underfunded on Salt Spring. Island Health announced that they are increasing investment in mental health and substance use care provision on Salt Spring and the […]

Mental Health and Housing on Salt Spring

Prepared by Salt Spring Community Services Executive Director, Rob Grant, for a Chamber of Commerce event February 26, 2015 on organizational goals and local involvement. Salt Spring Island Community Services

Aperture: Focusing on the diversity of ways the world may be seen

Salt Spring Community Steps Up to Fund Shelter

The Country Grocer led campaign in partnership with the Legion has successfully closed the shortfall in funding the emergency shelter on the island for every night of the winter ‘In From the Cold’ is composed of an overnight shelter and evening meal hosted at the site of their main facility on Ganges Hill at 268 […]

New Online Community Health Directory Launched

A new collaboration between island health providers has developed and launched an online directory resource called FETCH – an acronym for “For Everything that’s Community Health”, on Salt Spring Island. The new service available at, FETCH is intended to provide a repository of easy to access information about health and social service related resources […]