Forward House is working very hard to make its property fully accessible and has asked the Rotary Club of Parksville AM to help.

Forward House provides a wide array of day programs and one-to one services for clients with mental health/substance use challenges. They currently serve 100+ registered clients, in addition to providing support groups for caregivers, friends and family of persons with mental health/substance use challenges. They provide a healthy meal program, along with programs in education, recreation, expressive therapies, nutrition, and vocational rehabilitation. A new Recovery Initiative has been introduced for adults who are on their personal addiction recovery journeys.

"Moving Forward with Accessibility" has been a long term goal of Forward House which was carried out in phases.  Phase 1 and 2 have been completed, resulting in back yard accessibility and a major bathroom renovation.  Phase 3 is a front yard project which includes the addition of a concrete ramp leading to the front door.

The Rotary Club of Parksville AM was pleased to join other sponsors in carrying this accessibility project closer to completion through a donation toward the ramp.  Photo shows Parksville AM Rotarian, Matt Breedlove presenting a cheque in the amount of $1000 to Forward House Executive Director, Sharon Welch.

A Bowl of Hope - To Go is a virtual fundraising event
that includes a handmade pottery bowl, a pint of soup, and a documentary film and discussion with the filmmaker.  The event will be held on World Hunger Day, May 28, 2021, with proceeds going to the Mount Arrowsmith Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Parksville.  Currently, the Soup Kitchen provides nutritious meals for about 100 people, four days a week.
 
The Arrowsmith Potters Guild has offered to create and donate, 200 handmade pottery bowls for this fundraiser. “Attendees” will schedule a time to pick up their bowl and a pint of frozen soup. They will also receive the link to the documentary “Us and Them”, filmed in Victoria, which ‘will make you rethink homelessness, housing insecurity and the people you pass on the street everyday’. On May 28, the filmmaker, Krista Loughton will host an interactive Zoom discussion about the film, which will cover issues and barriers that homeless people experience, along with offering some hope for solutions.

The Rotary Club of Parksville AM supports this worthwhile initiative though covering some of the costs associated with the film screening.  A cheque in the amount of $500 was presented to Angeline Street, Volunteer Coordinator at the Salvation Army.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about an issue that plagues almost every community in British Columbia. Homelessness is an issue that has many facets, variables, and potential answers. The more we know, the more compassionate we can be and more willing to work towards solutions.