REES Program Relocated to 823 Broughton

July 11, 2011 – After the partial collapse of a ceiling at the REES Program on Johnson Street, Cool Aid’s support program for people managing mental health and/or addiction challenges has been relocated to 823 Broughton Street (the other half of the old C-FAX building). Today is the first day of operations at the new location, which is owned by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Phone service is expected to resume later in the week; in the meantime calls may be directed to Cool Aid’s switchboard at 250-383-1977.

rees-logo-colourREES office hours will continue to be Monday-Friday from 9 am to 3:30 pm, except on Wednesdays when closed from 12 to 1 pm. (The regular phone numbers are 250-595-8619 for REES and 250-388-9296 for the Labour Pool.)

REES Programs are currently running at about 75% functionality with no incoming phone line and only two client computers. The Labour Pool is open and using a mobile phone to conduct business. Outreach and Peer Support are business-as-usual and we are assisting clients as best as we can.

The new address is 823 Broughton Street between the Royal Theatre and the YM/YWCA, and across from the News Group. See the location in Google Maps.

Cool Aid continues to ask the community for quality office furniture, office equipment, computers and printers to replace those damaged in the incident. Charitable receipts can be issued for non-cash contributions. Anyone in a position to help is asked to call Alan Rycroft at 250-414-4781.

Cash donations are welcomed and may be made online, by calling 250-414-4781, or by mailing a cheque to: Victoria Cool Aid Society, 102-749 Pandora, Victoria BC, V8W 1N9.

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Lori Ferguson, REES Program Coordinator

Irene Haigh-Gidora, Manager of Community Health Services

About REES

The REES Program is home to a variety of essential services designed to support people in our community who are experiencing challenges with mental health and addictions – to help them in recovery and to build a better quality of life. One hundred to 200 people are helped every weekday. Services include:

  • Community Casual Labour Pool – a free service that connects workers with employers and also with home owners needing help around the home or in the garden.
  • Every Step Counts running and walking program.
  • Mentoring Program – connecting trained volunteers, for one-year placements, with people in the community who need some friendship and advice.
  • Outreach Support and Peer Links – helping people find employment, housing, income support, health services and a variety of other services.
  • Resource Centre – offering free computer and internet access, phones, photocopier, fax, information resources and other office support to locate housing and jobs and stay in touch with family and friends. (Note: free computer and internet access is also available at the Downtown Community Centre, 755 Pandora,
  • The Online Resource Guide is a searchable database of local resources for people needing help.