COVID-19 and Comox Valley Transition Society
Comox Valley Transition Society is working harder than ever to continue serving the most vulnerable people in our community. During COVID-19, our shelter for women fleeing violence has remained open, our counsellors continue to provide support to women and children who have experienced violence and/or abuse, and our community outreach workers have continued to support women, children and families who are struggling through poverty, have limited access to food, or are unsheltered or precariously housed. In fact, we have had to increase our services to ensure those who are most at risk in our community are able to access basic necessities, such as food, water, toilets and showers, and continue to receive the supports they need.
The past 16 months have been particularly difficult for CVTS. In January 2019, we lost our social enterprise thrift store to a fire. The building and its entire contents were destroyed. The empty lot across the street from our office is a constant reminder of the loss we experienced, and despite being fortunate to re-open in two, smaller, temporary locations, we have suffered a significant and consistent financial loss. Money from the thrift store generated much-needed revenue to help support and sustain our programs and services.
In March, we had to close the doors to the thrift store once again and it may be some time before we are able to re-open. This will have a direct and substantial impact on our services.
As Helen Keller said, "Alone, we can do so little; together, we can do so much." Together, with your support, we can continue providing our services throughout this pandemic to people most in need in our community. Your donations will go a long way to supporting women, children and families in the Comox Valley.
Together, we can make a difference. Please consider making a donation to Comox Valley Transition Society.