Come and See us at the Kris Kringle Craft Market!

Quilter Quilting!Kris Kringle Craft Market welcomes approximately 12,000 visitors to the Beban Park Social Centre. ICCS is excited to be a part of this year’s festivities. Over 20 volunteers have donated their time and talents to this great opportunity to share our programs with the Nanaimo and surrounding communities. We want to thank our volunteers who have been so dedicated to this project.

We have over 200 items which will be for sale at our booth at Kris Kringle. Please come out and find something handmade for someone on your Christmas list.

Some of the items for sale: Yoga Mat bags, quilts, bags, aprons, children’s gifts, birdhouses, placemats, crocheted hats and headbands.

Dates: November 20 – 23rd

Photo: Carol Harding sewing bags for Kris Kringle

What We Do

What We Do

  • We provide emergency shelter, supportive and transitional housing, and services for women.
  • We also provide short and long term housing and support for adults experiencing a mental health crisis.
  • We employ over 50 frontline workers in 6 locations in Nanaimo and Parksville.
  • Frontline workers provide clients with meals, clothing, emotional support, non-clinical assessments, and case management. We work with and refer clients to the clinical supports offered by local Mental Health and Substance Use teams.
  • We have extensive experience supporting individuals impacted by trauma, abuse, and mental illness. Our staff are kind caring professionals trained in providing support to vulnerable adults.

2014 Spring Newsletter

2014 Spring Newsletter

It's Almost Auction Time!


We are getting pretty excited around ICCS!

Please pre-register as a bidder before hand if possible at the following link:
https:// www.charityauctionorganizer .com/Az/ 87a00e76-8ff7-4a6f-a6a3-b4b 38b71fb5a/OnlineBidder/ RegisterLite

To see SOME of the goodies to bid on, please check out our online viewing catalog! a big thank you to our Donors!

Items are being added daily. 

https:// www.charityauctionorganizer .com/Az/ 87a00e76-8ff7-4a6f-a6a3-b4b 38b71fb5a/OnlineCatalog/ Catalog

Coldest Night of the Year Event Raises Funds and Awareness for Homelessness

Child With CNOY Baloons

2014 CNOY WalkersIt may not have technically been the coldest night this winter, but it ended up being one of the snowiest! 

On Saturday February 22, about 200 Nanaimo and Parksville area residents gathered at John Barsby Community School in Nanaimo to don "Coldest Night of the Year" toques, turn in their pledges, and walk together down the wet and slippery streets to raise much needed funds for the Island Crisis Care Society. 

The snow never let up and neither did the walker's resolve to finish the 2, 5, or 10 Kilometer loops around Harewood, South Nanaimo, and the Old City Quarter. 63 communities across Canada participated in the event this year and collectively raised a national total of $2,327,863.00.

Mary's Place

Mary's Place is one of three second stage housing options offered to women as part of a two year pilot project funded by BC Housing and ICCS. Watch this excellent Nanaimo Shaw TV report on how Mary's Place has turned out to be a "good news" story for Jennifer:


In 2012 ICCS identified gaps in the housing continuum following the successful opening of new supportive housing in Nanaimo. While many chronically homeless individuals were delighted to move into permanent supportive housing, others continued to return to Samaritan House for a variety of reasons. Significant among these was the need for greater support during each day and a quality that many individuals described about Samaritan House that they had really missed. They described this quality with words like "community," "acceptance," and "familiar." In 2013 ICCS collaborated with BC Housing to plan and launch a pilot project to gather data over a two year period on which combination of services provided the best support for women who fell through the identified gaps.

Housing First

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