Thanksgiving Meal

Fall has arrived! Cool Aid is working hard to provide warm shelter, hot meals, and compassionate care to our hurting and homeless neighbours.

This Thanksgiving you can make a difference in the life of someone in need by providing a healthy, nutritious Thanksgiving meal for just $5.28.

Your gift will be used right away to help women at our Sandy Merriman House. Or you can choose to help with a generous gift to provide dental care, housing, employment services, or health and rehabilitation programs.

  • $32.96 to provide health and rehab support
  • $75.00 to provide a dental clinic visit
  • $95.03 to provide a home starter kit for a person leaving homelessness

100% of your generous donation today will go to our programs!

Thanks to a generous business partner who will be covering the costs of fundraising through email, 100% of every donation made online from now until December 31 will go directly to helping people in need.

Cool Aid’s Food Services

Food is something most of us are lucky enough to take for granted, even when grocery prices go up and stretch our pocketbooks as they have in the last few years. Although food is a basic human right, many people go hungry – even in Victoria.

This year, Cool Aid will provide almost 1,000 nutritious meals daily for clients at our shelters, seniors in supportive housing, and participants in some of the healthy living programs at the Downtown Community Centre, plus thousands of nutritious snacks.

Many Cool Aid meals are served to residents in the shelter programs – Rock Bay Landing, Sandy Merriman House for women, and Next Steps Transitional Shelter. Many meals are also prepared and served for senior housing tenants (Hillside Terrace, Olympic Vista, FairWay Woods, Mount Edwards Court), who also enjoy “community kitchens” to learn about nutrition, food purchasing and cooking, while they make meals together. Finally, residents at 3020 Douglas (former Tally Ho) enjoy two meals daily and one meal daily is served at Cottage Grove.

Our Health Centre’s nutritionist also helps many of our medical patients select healthy foods suitable to their needs.

Community and Holiday Food Services

A comprehensive list of ongoing and holiday food services has been compiled by the Coalition to End Homelessness.