Did you know?

Did you know that Samaritan House is Nanaimo’s only homeless shelter for women and has been in operation by Island Crisis Care Society as a shelter since the early 80’s?

Did you know that Island Crisis Care Society offers choices for homeless women in Nanaimo through our supportive and transitional housing and rent subsidies?

Did you know that Island Crisis Care Society has been a part of the Oceanside Task Force on Homelessness for several years and is part of the Homeless Outreach Team that supports clients to maintain their housing 7 days per week?

Did you know that Island Crisis Care Society has two crisis stabilization homes in Nanaimo which are funded through Island Health? We also have one in Parksville. These homes provide a warm bed, food, care and support for adults who are in crisis.

Did you know that in 2010 Island Crisis Care Society purchased and renovated the house adjacent to Safe Harbour house and in 2011 began providing longer term supportive stays to clients who have reached a level of stability in their recovery but benefit from continuing support?

Did you know that in the summer months of June, July and August Samaritan House had 48 new faces accessing the shelter? 85 unique individuals stayed with us during this time. In July and August we had 112% occupancy which means clients were sleeping on mats and some were turned away.

Did you know that Samaritan House which is run by Island Crisis Care Society is a women’s shelter that operates out of an old Victorian building at 355 Nicol Street? We have purchased the empty lot next door and hope to build an expansion soon.