EMERGENCY SHELTER OPENS FOR SEASON

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November 1st sees the opening of the ‘In From the Cold’ Emergency Shelter at Salt Spring Island Community Services (SSICS) for the cold weather season. “There is one notable difference this year in our status with BC Housing in that we have been approved for funding every night of the season as we see the need, rather […]

Meet John Pepper who walked off his Parkinson’s

John Pepper, the maverick South African Parkinson’s disease campaigner, will be on Salt Spring on Thursday September 29 to speak and demonstrate about his unique way of managing Parkinson’s symptoms. This talk will be of interest to those who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, as well as their care givers, and anyone else who […]

Annual General Meeting

Salt Spring and Southern Gulf Islands Community Service Society ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 4:00 pm Thursday, September 29, 2016 Community Gospel Church 147 Vesuvius Bay Road SSICS provides a broad range of community services including early childhood, family development, child and youth mental health, youth drop in, victim services, recycling, community housing and emergency shelter, seniors […]

Salt Spring Team Focus on Child & Youth Mental Health

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Salt Spring Island Community Services (SSICS) will launch the most recent turn in the 25 year evolution of Child and Youth programming with the welcome of Dr. Jessica Moretti to their location on Fulford-Ganges Road, providing child and adolescent psychiatric services as of Friday March 18th. Dr. Moretti is a Royal College of Physicians and […]

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 […]

Salt Spring Island Celebrates Youth Week

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Community partners across Salt Spring Island are joining to support Salt Spring Youth Week. Salt Spring Community Services and the Core Inn and Climbing Wall, PARC and the Rainbow Road Pool, the Salt Spring Island Library, Country Grocer and Thrifty’s are sponsoring the week in tandem with the 21st annual BC Youth Week running May […]

New Housing Needs Survey Highlights Local Challenges

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A family housing survey completed last month confirmed that many Salt Spring Island households are challenged to find suitable and secure housing within their financial means. The survey, conducted by Salt Spring Community Services, considered the full range of long term housing needs – from very low-income households looking for rentals to dual income households wanting to […]

Salt Spring Island Community Services Seeking Input to Family Housing

January 30, 2015 – Salt Spring Island Community Services will spend a month collecting detailed information about local family composition, income and housing needs to inform the planning for their new affordable housing development on Salt Spring. The information is needed to fill the gap in available data from other official sources since the long […]

SALT SPRING COMMUNITY SERVICES AIMS TO BRING ISLAND HOMELESS IN FROM THE COLD

As the season turns towards winter, Salt Spring Island Community Services is preparing for the annual launch of one of its most critical programs. ‘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 Fulford-Ganges Road. Shelter staff also […]

Housing First Project Aimed at Ending Homelessness

Salt Spring Island is poised to develop a plan aimed at addressing mental health, 
addictions and homelessness with a new Salt Spring 
Community Services initiative. Federal funding is allowing them to initiate a ‘Housing First’ approach, 
increasingly recognized as a successful approach in combating the problems.  A 
‘Housing First’ model puts homeless people into housing […]