COVID Silver Lining #5: A Work in Progress (Circle of Care Housing)

At the end of May an Outreach Worker contacted Shelter to Home. She was seeking to completely furnish a 5-bedroom home. The Circle of Care Housing is a joint project of Vancouver Coastal Health, Canadian Mental Health Association and the Alliance Church in North Vancouver. So now, Highlands United Church, through Shelter to Home, will join this project. Using both our IKEA donation and second-hand furniture sourced from the community, this home became ready to receive 5 formerly homeless men on June 15. The men, all of whom live with mental illness, were chosen for this home. It is believed by the social workers that, once they have stable housing, they will be able to move on to productive, independent lives. After taking stock of what we needed, I realized that the main item we were missing was a dining room table and chairs for 6 to 8 people. I asked myself how we could find such a table during this time when our operations are closed. I didn’t have to ponder long. The phone rang and the familiar voice of one of the ministers at Highlands United Church said, “Can Shelter to Home use a big dining table and 6 chairs. One problem, we have to get it out of the house tomorrow, because the new owners are moving in soon”. And so, we met the CMHA social worker at this house on the North Shore, and the first piece of furniture was put in place. For me, this is more than coincidence that everything we need is falling into place, and I am filled with gratitude.