Forward House Special Projects and Programs

Forward House in Qualicum Beach

Our pilot project, Forward House Fridays, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at Qualicum Commons, was a huge success! Our Outreach Worker, Doreen 'Coco' Littlejohn and her team of volunteers visited businesses, churches, and other service agencies to ensure we meet the needs of the community in Qualicum Beach. We are enjoying sharing the office with the Division of Family Practice.

As of April 1st, 2019, we have expanded our work in Qualicum Beach to two days:

Thursdays - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at St. Stephen’s Church (150 Village Way) in their ‘old lounge’ upstairs.

Fridays - 11:00 am to 3:00 pm at the Qualicum Commons (744 Primrose St.) in room 8.

A special thanks to the Town of Qualicum Beach, School District 69, Parks West Business Products, Qualicum Beach Pharmasave, Qualicum Foods, St. Mark's Church, Christian Fellowship Centre, St. Stephen’s United Church, and several community members for their most generous support of this outreach initiative.

Questions? Email us at outreach1@forwardhouse.com


Oceanside Outreach Program

Forward House and Island Crisis Care Society have received $75,000 from the Community Action Initiative to implement the Oceanside Outreach Program from November 2018 to August 2019. Through this initiative, we are providing two non-clinical Outreach Workers, several Peer Support Workers, community education around mental health and addiction, and harm reduction supports. We are so thankful to be able to offer responsive and preventative action at a time when mental health and addiction issues are so prevalent in our province.

Our Outreach Workers, Kevin and Christine, are out and about in the community seven days a week to help individuals connect with services and resources, and, with the help of several Peer Support Workers, will provide support and encouragement as needed.

In March, our team embarked upon a speaking tour which is providing important information and answering questions our community have around mental health and addiction. The first “Taking Community to Heart: One Journey at a Time” presentation took place at Knox United Church with 30 participants. We heard the inspiring story of a resident who struggled with addiction and then homelessness, and who is now housed and thriving in our community due to the care and compassion of many community organizations and individuals. Our next sessions will be on Tuesday August 27th from 1:00-3:00pm at St Stephen’s Church main hall in Qualicum Beach and on Wednesday August 28th from 1:00-3:00pm at Parksville Fellowship Baptist Church. Learn Harm Reduction strategies that can support community members and save lives.

Our team will also be working closely with the Oceanside Harm Reduction Committee and the Housing Outreach Support Team (HOST) to support local harm reduction strategies and access to supportive housing.

To connect with our Outreach Workers, please leave a message at 250-947-5096; they will return your call within 24 hours.

Our Outreach Planning Committee consists of local physicians, nurses, clinical Mental Health Workers, local service providers, and people with lived experience. We are committed to creating a comprehensive network of service providers where barriers to service are minimized. Thanks to everyone who has stepped up to make a difference in our community.

A very big thanks to the Community Action Initiative, the Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions, and the Overdose Emergency Response Centre for their financial support, which has made this project possible. Thanks also to the Oceanside Harm Reduction Committee for additional financial support.


2019-2020 Art Calendar

We are very excited to introduce our 2019-2020 Forward House Client Art Calendar. Our Calendar includes a wide variety of new art pieces which have been created by our talented artists. Paintings, photographs, drawings, needlepoint, and some mixed media pieces have been photographed and displayed in a 16-month calendar that begins in September 2019 and ends December 2020. We launched the calendar at our Annual General Meeting, and we have reserved 52 calendars for the new residents at ORCA Place supportive housing in Parksville. Click here to see samples of art from our previous and current calendars. Thank you to the Pacific Blue Cross Health Foundation for funding support for this project.

The first 100 calendars have been gifted to various community members. Due to popular demand, more calendars will be made available at a cost of $20 each. Order your calendar now!


‘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. Recent donations of a beautiful bench and a concrete pad have allowed us to launch the first steps of this phase. See the above link for more information and pictures of Phase Three.’ A big thanks to the Rotary Club of Qualicum Beach Sunrise for their generous donation of $2,000 toward this project.