Next Steps Shelter Receives North Park Neighbourhood Association Award

Active ImageThe North Park Neighbourhood Association will present a good neighbour plaque to Cool Aid’s Next Steps Transitional Shelter on Wednesday, June 17, 2009, at 3 pm at the shelter (2317 Dowler Place), to mark over a year of good relations in the community. The Neighbourhood Association, shelter residents and Cool Aid staff will celebrate with food donated from Alzus Family Restaurant and live music. Other North Park residents and the media are welcome to attend.

“The success of our Good Neighbour Agreement shows that if we all work together, there is a place for everyone in our neighbourhoods,” said Don McTavish, manager of shelters for Victoria Cool Aid Society. “Our neighbourhood includes social services, businesses, renters, homeowners and those without homes. It’s our neighbourhood and we’re proud of it.”

The Next Steps Transitional Shelter provides an opportunity for 15 emergency shelter clients to access the resources and services they need to get their lives back on track. Such services include housing, employment, financial, life skills, and mentorship, as well as physical and mental health services. Experienced staff work closely with individual participants to develop personal action plans designed to help them move to a better place to live their lives. These plans aim to achieve a successful transition from a state of homelessness to stabilized housing.

Victoria Cool Aid Society provides supported housing, emergency shelter, primary health care services, life skills training and job placements to vulnerable adults in the Victoria area, in a non-judgemental way. For more information visit or call 250-383-1977.

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Don McTavish, Manager of Shelters, Cool Aid

Alex Kerr, North Park Neighbourhood Association

Kathy Stinson, Executive Director, Cool Aid