Hugs and Ripples

Free Hugs Crew in Front of Samaritan HouseThe idea was simple. Offer free hugs and give an opportunity for people to donate money to buy underwear and pyjamas for women who are homeless. K'reen Kerr, her daughter Keoni, and her friend Brynn Logan headed down to Maffeo Sutton Park last Saturday and after a few hours the donation basket had $229.00 in it!

"One guy was at the park with his wife and 4 daughters, he was shocked when we told him why we were doing it. He dropped a $100 bill in the basket! I think he was thinking, what if it was one of his daughters." And the truth is that every woman who arrives at an emergency shelter scared and alone is someone's daughter, mother, or sister. K'reen heard about the need when a friend on Facebook shared a news article from the Bulletin about unusually high demand at Samaritan House.

Who needed hugs on Saturday? Middle aged women, kids, and elderly folks, mostly. K'reen was surprised at how many kids came up for a hug, and she was moved by their unself-conscious response. That day Oceanside Church and the Salvation Army had been offering a fun event for families at the park called, "Love Your City," and one woman offered a teary promise that her church group would do more to support the shelter. This is the power of spontaneous generosity like that shown by K'reen, Keoni, and Brynn -- it raises awareness and creates ripples of compassion and kindness.

Missed the hugs but still want to be part of the ripples? You can donate online by visiting our Canada Helps Donation page.

Please join us for our Annual General Meeting

Island Crisis Care Society Annual General Meeting
Tuesday August 30th at 7pm
3-1200 Princess Royal Ave,
Nanaimo (above the Christian Bookstore)

Please join us for programme updates and election of officers.
Refreshments to follow

Renaya Gives Hope

Renaya Hoffman is an empathetic 8 year old. When she sees someone suffering, she feels for them. A few months ago she saw someone not doing too well, living on the street. She asked her dad how she could help. They did some research to find out who in Nanaimo helps people who are homeless. Of the fine groups and organizations they looked at, Renaya picked ICCS. The story of society founder Matthew Brown originally caught her eye, and as she learned about the society's work to meet the needs of hurting people in her community it inspired her to ask her friends to join her effort.

Renaya and Darren Hoffman

"Instead of giving me a present on my birthday," she said, "let's help someone who really needs it." Her friends and her dad generously responded so that Renaya was able to present ICCS Finance Manager Marilyn Laktin with two cheques totalling: $325.

"We are very proud of her," Darren Hoffman said of his daughter, "We wanted her to know that you can make a difference in the world, no matter what age you are."

People who find themselves homeless have many pressing needs. Food, shelter, clothing. Renaya's donation will help provide some real tangible stuff, and more than that, her generous spirit and good example will inspire others to do the same.

Thanks Renaya, your compassion gives us hope!

Think what a great world it would be if everyone cared for their neighbour like Renaya does.

Need an Office?

Island Crisis Care Society is leasing an office in our head office at 1200 Princess Royal Ave to a like-minded professional, non-profit or community organization, or church. Several offices are available for consideration ranging from approximately 100 to 200 sqft. Terms are flexible, price will vary depending on office size and amenities. For example $500 for the smallest office. See diagram below for relative sizes and locations. The building is conveniently located in Nanaimo near Terminal Park Mall. Possible amenities include shared use of kitchenette and 300 sq.ft.+ meeting space (pictured). Washrooms are available and the rent includes air-conditioning and heating. Secure building with monitored alarm in place. Price also includes taxes, water, and garbage/recycling (reasonable amount). Offices are located on top floor.

Two of Our Offices

Office Layout

Office Layout

Common Room

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ICCS Founder Leaves a Legacy


Matthew Brown

Dear Friends of ICCS,

It is with sad hearts that we inform you that our society founder, Matthew Brown, died on April 12th at his home surrounded by family and friends. Matthew was an inspiration to those who knew him and will be remembered for his compassion, vision, and character. He responded to the need for emergency shelter in Nanaimo, and for the need for a detox center, and in so doing created a legacy of shelter, care, and support that continues to change lives year after year. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends. He will be missed.

A celebration of Matthew's life will be held on May 7th at Nanaimo First Baptist Church at 1 pm.

The ICCS Team

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