Forward House provides adults living with mental health challenges with the support and tools they need to enjoy full and independent lives. We are a compassionate, inclusive community in mid-Vancouver Island.
'2017 Not-For-Profit of the Year'
Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce
Forward House Fridays in Qualicum Beach
We are happy to announce that Forward House now has a satellite location at Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose Street, Qualicum Beach). Our Outreach Worker, Doreen 'Coco' Littlejohn and her team of volunteers will be visiting businesses, churches, and other service agencies to ensure we meet the needs of the community in Qualicum Beach. Our pilot project will run every Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm in room 8 of Qualicum Commons. We enjoy sharing the office with the Division of Family Practice.
A special thanks to the Town of Qualicum Beach, School District 69, the United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island, Parks West Business Products, Qualicum Beach Pharmasave, St. Mark's Church, and Christian Fellowship Centre for their support of this outreach initiative. If this pilot project is successful, we will consider expanding our hours in the future.
Questions? Email us at email@example.com.
Moving Forward with Accessibility Project
Phase Two is done! We have a brand new, fully accessible bathroom.Thanks to the Regional District of Nanaimo for their support through a Grant-in-Aid, and to all four local Rotary clubs for their generous support. For more information and pictures of the first two phases of this project, click here.
We are currently raising funds for Phase Three, which will involve creating a fully accessible front yard and entrance way, and will also create more usable, quiet spaces for our constantly expanding Forward House family.
Forward House Annual Report
We held the Forward House Annual General Meeting on June 21st, 2018. It was an excellent review of the past year's events and programs, and an opportunity to look ahead to the coming year and what's in store for Forward House.To view our Annual Report, click here. A printable version can be found here.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Tuesday September 25th, 5:30 pm - 15th Annual Dragonfly Dinner - Join us for a great night celebrating our generous community and our amazing clients at the Quality Resort Bayside. Enjoy a wonderful buffet provided by the Galloping Gourmet Caterers, and celebrate mental health with awards for some of our community's amazing 'mental health champions'. Tickets are sold out. Thanks to everyone who is supporting this event!
Wednesday September 26th, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm - Wellness Check - Our team will be performing free blood pressure testing and depression screening at our office (room 8) at Qualicum Commons in Qualicum Beach. Learn about our other programs while visiting with our Forward House team. For more information, click here.
Friday October 5th, 4:00 pm - Thanksgiving Dinner - Join us for a wonderful turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Stay for a 'giving circle' after dinner - bring a small item that has meant something to you and give it away by putting it in the circle - then take a different item from the circle and cherish it for the next year. If you don't have an item, share something that you are thankful for. Dinner cost: $10 for guests.
Saturday April 6th, 5:30 pm - 3rd Annual Spring Fling Fundraiser - Join us for a great night of dinner and dancing at the Qualicum Beach Community Hall (644 Memorial Ave.)! We will be celebrating the 1st Anniversary of our Qualicum Commons space and raising money for our Forward House programs and services throughout Oceanside. Tickets will go on sale in March 2019.
Support for Caregivers
Although Forward House closes officially at 5:00 on Thursdays, we are open for caregivers from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Thursday nights.
Join our Families Forward Support Group for great discussions and lots of support and resources. Drop-ins welcome!
At Forward House there are so many ways to give back. Our volunteers provide a range of supports including preparation of home-style meals, art instruction, transportation, Board engagement, and much more! With just a few hours a week, you can provide life-changing opportunities to people who need your support. We are actively looking for new volunteers - please help!
A Special Acknowledgement...
Forward House has been a proud recipient of United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island funding for our Healthy Eating Meal Program from 2015 to 2018.
Approximately 75% of Forward House funding comes from the Vancouver Island Health Authority. We rely on the generous support of the community to cover our remaining needs. Join our family of supporters today and your gift will offer compassion and promote mental wellness.