The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to preventing and ending youth homelessness, pledging to invest $10 million over three years through The Orange Door Project. This initiative will give homeless youth the support and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives.

One component of The Orange Door Project is The Home Depot’s national fundraising campaign.  From now until July 2nd, The Home Depot customers can buy a $2 paper door in support of a local youth-focused housing charity.

All proceeds raised at the Courtenay The Home Depot store during the campaign will support Comox Valley Transition Society.

Encourage your friends, family members, neighbours and colleagues to support the campaign today!

Learn more at orangedoorpoject.ca

Shelter Voices 2017 Report

Women’s Shelters Canada released the Shelter Voices 2017 Report.

On the “snapshot day” 44% of Women’s Shelters across Canada were full!

In a single day:
606 requests for residential services were made to transition houses and shelters
151 were able to be accommodated
455 were denied due to lack of capacity and resources

More information here: http://endvaw.ca/shelter-voices-2017/

Job Posting – Thrift Store Manager

Too Good To Be Threw Thrift Store, Courtenay

Responsibilities:

The Thrift Store Manager is responsible for the effective and profitable operation of the Comox Valley Transition Society’s thrift store to generate revenues to support CVTS administration & programs. The Manager directs, supervises and works alongside the team of Associates and Volunteers to meet objectives, to oversee sales, donations of merchandise & store presentation, to promote the store in the community, & manage internal fiscal controls.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree is highly preferable or equivalent retail/resale experience;
  • Experience in retail management (5+ years) and supervision of staff (3+ years) required;
  • Proficiency in Windows, database programs, point of sale software, and Microsoft Office;
  • Exemplary skills in strategic development, staff management, store presentation and merchandising, administration and financial management;
  • Superior interpersonal skills;
  • Full and valid BC driver’s license;
  • Successful Criminal Record clearance.

 

Schedule – Full-time 37.5 hours/week

Salary – dependent on requisite experience

Start date – 4th September/ negotiable

 

Contact: Kate Mantta for further information or to apply with resume.

hr@cvts.ca

call: 250.897.0511

fax:  250.897.0595

2017 Peace Begins at Home Launch

From April 10 – 21, 2017 we are running our annual Peace Begins At Home campaign to end family violence.  

For so many women and children in the Comox Valley, home is not a safe place to be.  The RCMP responded to 163 incidents of domestic violence in 2016.  Through our work, we know that domestic violence is not just physical so we are aware that there were many more local incidents that went unreported.

The motto of this campaign is “Peace Begins at Home” and assumes that there is a home. At the Transition Society, we work everyday with women who don’t have homes and who live every day with extreme vulnerability as a result. We also work with women who are afraid to leave violent relationships because of the lack of affordable housing to move to. 

How can you help?

 *   Speak out against family violence
 *   Take the pledge here: https://cvts.ca/peace-begins-at-home/
 *   Donate to Comox Valley Transition Society here: https://cvts.ca/contribute/
 *   Donate to Too Good To Be Threw which is our thrift store.  All proceeds come back into programs and services
 *   Support initiatives in your community to expand the stock of affordable housing

2 New Triple P Sessions starting soon

There are 2 Triple P Parenting Groups starting soon so please call 250-897-0511 to register!        1. Group Triple P, Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 625 England Ave., starting April 20th. Registration deadline is April 19th.
2. Family Transitions Group, Tuesday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at 625 England Ave., starting April 18th. Registration deadline is April 17th.
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Cheque presentation at Crown Isle

The photo of the cheque presentation at Crown Isle.  These funds were raised at the Crown Isle Christmas Resort Walk and the Gingerbread/Teddy Bear Village and were shared equally between ourselves, Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness and The Boys and Girls Club of Central VI!  Thank you so much to all of the staff at Crown Isle and to the Comox Valley for all of your generous support for our organization.

 

Job Posting – Victim Service Worker

Victim Service Worker

Police Based Victim Services Program

Status:   Union (HSA Grid 11)

Summary:  Working under the direction of the Program Coordinator, provides support services, practical assistance, information and referrals to clients who have been victims of crime or trauma.

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Conducts client intakes by performing duties such as obtaining demographic information, providing information regarding the victim service worker’s role and the services offered by the organization, assisting clients in completing intake forms and explaining issues related to confidentiality.
  • Provides emotional support to clients who have been victims of crime or trauma through active listening, debriefing and validating clients’ emotions.
  • Maintains ongoing awareness and knowledge of all client case files, and provide services updates in the absence of volunteer worker assigned.
  • Responsible for critical and/or high profile cases, provides critical incident stress management debriefing as requested.
  • Assesses clients’ need for other services and provides them with information on helping organizations and professional such as community service agencies, counselors, legal aid lawyers, physicians and mental health services. Recommends appropriate services to clients.
  • Provides crisis response and intervention as necessary including responding to requests by police for assistance at crime/accident/sudden death scenes or with next of kin accident or death notifications.
  • Supports clients’ interests and rights by performing duties such as liaising for client with the police, Crown Counsel, Parole board and Crime Victim assistance Program. Obtaining information about clients cases including case status and hearing dates. Provides case-specific updates on proceedings, etc. to clients.
  • Provides support and training to volunteers working within the Victim Services program.
  • Provides information on police, legal and medical systems in general and specific to clients’ cases including witness orientation, courtroom orientation, etiquette and procedures. Provides information on crime prevention to clients to help them avoid re-victimization. May facilitate and/or coordinate safety planning.
  • Arrange, facilitate and/or accompany victims to meetings with criminal justice system personnel (e.g. police, Crown counsel, corrections staff and medical appointments.
  • Accompany victim to court and provide related emotional and practical assistance.
  • Assists clients in completing legal forms such as Crime Victims Assistance Applications and Victim Impact Statements.
  • Facilitates public education on crime prevention and personal safety.
  • Consults and liaises with community service agencies to maintain up to date information on available resources and develop community relations.
  • Maintains and provides statistics and reports regarding service delivery as required.
  • Performs related functions/duties as assigned in the absence of the programming coordinator.
  • Performs other duties as required.

Qualifications

A.   Education, Training and Experience

  • Diploma in related human / social services field.
  • Or equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
  • Two years recent related experience.

B.   Job Skills and Abilities

  • Superior interpersonal skills, written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a multidisciplinary team.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, skills and experience in crisis intervention techniques and practices
  • Well-developed problem solving skills and the ability to work effectively in crisis or emergency situations
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Criminal Justice System and Victim Rights Legislation
  • Understanding of substance use and mental health issues
  • Ability to handle sensitive information and maintain strict confidentiality
  • Ability to motivate and work with volunteers to provide both practical and emotional support and debriefing as needed.
  • Working knowledge of police procedures and policies relating to victim services

Other

  • Strong Computer skills
  • Criminal record clearance and enhanced security clearance.  This position works out of the RCMP Detachment.
  • Must have reliable transportation and a valid BC driver’s license.
  • Ability to respond to 24 hour emergency call outs

Please send resume and cover letter Attention to:  Heather Ney, Executive Director
By Email: Director@cvts.ca
By mail: 625 England Ave., Courtenay BC  V9N 2N5
By fax: 250-897-0595

Closing date is Feb 28th.  Applications received after this date will not be accepted.

We thank everyone who applies but only those shortlisted will be contacted.

 

 

 

 

It’s Cold Out There!

Join us on Feb 25th, 2017 for our second Coldest Night of the Year Walk to raise much needed funds to help the hungry, homeless and hurting in the Comox Valley.  Comox Valley Transition Society and Dawn to Dawn Action on Homelessness are partnering again this year for this national fundraiser which will take place in 113 communities across the country.  That’s a lot of cold hands but very warm hearts.  

The money that you helped us raise last year helped both of our organizations to house and keep housed more people than we could have otherwise.  So a huge thank you to all of you who joined us last year and we can’t wait to see you all again on Feb 25th.   Visit cnoy.org/location/comoxvalley to register your team, join a team already started or to register as a volunteer.  

It’s cold out there…

Glove Toss with the Glacier Kings

Join us at the Glacier Kings game against Westshore Wolves on Jan 21st for their annual “Glove Toss”. Bring a toque, a pair of mitts or gloves that you are prepared to giveaway. When the Glacier Kings score their first goal, everyone tosses their items onto the ice to be scooped up by the players. All the hats, mitts, etc. are being donated to Coldest Night of the Year. We will also be on hand to do registrations online for the walk on Feb 25th. This is a fun, family friendly event so come on out to support our local hockey team and Coldest Night of the Year!

Upcoming Triple P Workshops

The next Triple P Parenting Groups are starting soon so please call 250-897-0511 to register! Please note dates and times on the posters below. (Click on the individual posters to view as a larger image)