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

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

Lives Being Changed in Oceanside

Thanks to the collaboration of several organizations in Oceanside, lives are being changed through HOST (Homelessness Outreach Support Team). Here is a comment from a client:
"Having been homeless due to life's curves and dips and when all the supports from friends and family have failed in the past. I became truly desperate for food and shelter about a year ago. When trying to get off of the life of the cold, wet street, I was able to find and connect with the Oceanside homeless outreach team. With their help, I now am comfortable and the hardship of street life seems as though it was needed for me to grow as a better person. Little things like the weekly visits and rides to the grocery store may not seem like much to some, but I appreciate the talks and rides that I have been given by the team. They have made my life better. Now I am truly happy..."

Your donations make this possible. THANK YOU!

Recent Labour Action at Samaritan House

We are pleased to report that ICCS has reached an agreement with the BCGEU that the union will remove its picket lines at ICCS facilities while the parties attempt to resolve outstanding collective bargaining issues; these discussions will take place over the next two to three weeks. It is hoped that these talks will generate agreement on scheduling which has been the most contentious issue between the parties. If no settlement is reached, an Essential Services designation is in place, as are agreed-to Essential Service levels. If job action resumes in the future, ICCS is confident it can continue to deliver its services without interruption.

Inquiries from media representatives should be directed to Terry Honcharuk, Advocate & Manager of Bargaining Services,, 1.800.377.3340 Ext. 106

Please direct general inquiries to Violet Hayes, Executive Director,, 778-441-4227 ext. 105

Please direct inquiries about services at Samaritan House to Ronell Bosman, Program Coordinator,, 250-753-1474

Coldest Night of the Year in many communities across Canada

Over 90 communities in Canada will be walking to support the homeless and hurting in our communities. Join us by registering at
Walk in Nanaimo or Parksville on February 20th, 2016.

Giving Tuesday!

Giving Tuesday Banner

This Monday Buy a Brick to Support Samaratin House!

December 2nd, 2015 we launch our Capital Campaign to build a warm, safe, and beautiful shelter. Your gift of $25 can cement a real foundation for the New Samaritan House.  Our goal is to “sell” 400 virtual bricks this Christmas Season for Samaritan House.  

Click here to Buy a Brick.

See our ad in the Nanaimo News Bulletin.


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