Up this week on our blog is Pacifica Housing.  At HeartPress PR, we’re constantly inspired by the support that non-profit organizations are providing to communities, and we love spreading this inspiration by showcasing the incredible work that they’re doing.

This week, we spoke with Harrison Ellis, the Manager of Communications and Fund Development at Pacifica Housing, to hear how they’re contributing to the development and wellbeing of Victoria, BC.

Pacifica Housing provides 1200 units of quality rental housing in Greater Victoria, Duncan and Nanaimo including some designated for people with disabilities.

Pacifica Housing  — Housing First

Pacifica Housing works to break the cycle of homelessness by enabling families and single adults to achieve permanent housing so they can live with dignity, safety and stability. They believe in housing first. Helping individuals find safe, secure and permanent housing, allows them to focus on priorities such as health, family and other personal matters. Pacifica Housing’s vision is to build better lives through affordable homes and community connections.

We are excited to share our conversation with Pacifica Housing’s Harrison with you!

What has been the most rewarding moment you’ve experienced through Pacifica Housing’s work?

“The most rewarding moment I’ve experienced through Pacifica Housing’s work was being involved in last year’s game with the HarbourCats. It was my first time to help provide an opportunity that would otherwise have been unaffordable. Whenever I can connect with tenants or community members who care about our work, it is an absolute privilege. In particular, I loved seeing the Pacifica kids playing baseball with pros and having fun!”

After decades of struggling with addiction and five years of homelessness, Bob had lost hope. Sleeping on park benches, in ATM machine lobbies, hotel hallways, and in parkades, he described himself as having “no purpose”. Bob then found a home through Pacifica Housing’s Streets to Homes Program. Two years later Bob’s is alive, thriving and a leader in his community. Pacifica Housing allows him to spend time with his family, watch his grandkids grow, help out the community as much as he can, and stay healthy.

What is the biggest challenge your organization has overcome in the last year?

“The biggest challenge we’ve experienced over the past year was fundraising for playgrounds. Several of the playgrounds at our low-income family housing properties are in need of repair or replacement. Because they are located on private property, it isn’t easy to secure grant funding to build them. It’s so important for kids to have safe, high quality playspaces where they live, so playgrounds have been a top priority for us. For a project like this, we would rely on a combination of donations, in-kind contributions, and help from volunteers.”

Danica was a newly single mom and returning to work when she saw an ad for Pacifica Housing. Since moving into Pacifica, everything has changed for her family. Her children made instant friends through outdoor activities in the Pacifica complex, and she is working on getting her degree from Thompson Rivers University. Pacifica’s family housing is allowing her and her family to reach their goals in a home that feels like their own.

How can others contribute to Pacifica Housing?

“Others can contribute to Pacifica Housing by visiting our website and making a donation, or contacting our volunteer coordinator Laurie Chesworth for volunteer opportunities at lchesworth@pacificahousing.ca.

Join Pacifica Housing on Saturday, June 16th for a day filled with a mini-kids game of Pacifica children and HarbourCats players, a bouncy castle, arts and crafts, and healthy snacks. Proceeds from the 50/50 raffle will go to the Virtues Youth Group, a free, on site, weekly drop-in program for children aged 4 – 14 living in Pacifica’s subsidized family housing complexes.

Want to support non-profits “doing good” in communities across British Columbia?

Contact the team at HeartPress PR at 250.216.5480 or community@heartpress.ca.