Dear Loyal Care-a-van Donors
We are grateful to you for your ongoing financial contributions to the Care-a-van. Our mission is to provide innovative, safe and ethical health and social development services to people who are homeless or at-risk of homelessness in the Comox Valley by providing trusting relationships that improve consistency and continuity of care.
With your dedication and our 50 member multidisciplinary team of volunteer health care providers, we have served over 1700 people in ten years.
Within the last three years there has been a 47% increase in homeless people using our services. The Care-a-van has offered 19 programs: Nursing, Physicians, Dental, Denturist, Audiology, Optometry, Counselling, Chiropractic, Occupational Therapy, Mental Health & Addictions Service, Advocacy & Literacy, Social Work navigators, Pharmacy, Vet, Food & Supplies,Clothing, Water, Hygiene & Laundry, Harm Reduction, and Community & Professional Development, to those in need within our community. Last year alone we served 484 unique individuals.
How we care for the most vulnerable people in our community is a demonstration of our values. We know that living conditions can be rough, especially during the coldest nights of the year. Without generous donations from our sponsors and community members like you, we would not be able to continue providing services that are changing people’s lives.
Going into 2020, our goal is to raise $76000 so we can stay in operation 4 afternoon/evenings per week and continue to offer a full complement of programs; responding to the changing needs of the population we serve. To do so we need your help. There are many ways to give. You can sponsor several full days of operational service and subsidized programs for $365 dollars/day, earmark funds for a certain program by specifying on the memo portion of a cheque, make a monthly contribution using paypal on our website, provide a series of post dated cheques, create a unique fundraiser, or donate skills and supplies.
With your support we can continue rolling the Care-a-van out in all weather and seasons providing interventions that prevent homelessness, stabilize health, increase social connections and improve access to the determinants of health to people who need our services the most.
For more information contact our Coordinator Sabina Acheson at 250-331-1413 or visit our website www.cvcareavan.ca
Thank you for your support and consideration,
Sabina Acheson RN, BScN CHN, Care-a-van Coordinator
and Bob Kallio Board Member, Fundraising Committee