Anawim News
Summer 2021
A Message from the President
Dear Friends,

Well, I think it would be an understatement to say that 2020-21 has been a year like no other. Like everyone else, we have seen COVID-19 disrupt life at Anawim House in ways unimaginable just a short 12 months ago. I think it’s fair to say that this great reset has brought out the best in many people and shone a light on the opportunities to improve. From the onset of the pandemic, it was clear that the poor and homeless were going to face exceptional obstacles in accessing the services they rely on to survive.

Although we have not returned to in-person meals for drop-in guests, we have extended our outreach by officially partnering with a group called the Justice Van. Our staff prepares meals and Justice Van volunteers deliver them directly to people in need. We also agreed in February to allow the Justice Van to use an unused part of the house (the bike room) for added outreach and counselling services. We feel strongly that maximizing the use of the house to help others is a win-win scenario.

In March, the rezoning application for the Women’s House was approved by Victoria city council by a 7-2 vote. I want to thank the hard work of Aryze Developments and D’Arcy Jones for their vision and persistence in moving this project forward. The support for the house was overwhelming as demonstrated in the large number of letters of support we received. Our intention is to be a great neighbour, and we will work hard to earn the trust of the neighbourhood.

We now turn our focus to the actual build. We have entered into a construction contract with Aryze and are in the process of applying for a building permit by the end of July. Once approved, we will be able to start construction, hopefully by the Fall. We have already secured a number of large donations and have been pledged more. We will work hard to secure the funds to make this project a reality.

So as we embark on this year, full of unknowns, the Board takes solace in knowing that we are supported by the you—our members, donors, Staff and Residents, and frankly the Greater Victoria Community. Thank you for your continued support.

Dan Greco
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Covid-19 Update

Anawim has continued to provide services throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Read on for details on how we've kept serving our community through 2020 and the first half of 2021.
When Covid hit, we had to decide how we'd continue to serve our community.
Our laundry and shower facilities opened back up, for one person at a time.
We continued to provide lunches with the help of the Justice Van.
We followed the health guidelines set by the province to keep our residents safe.
A special thank you to Victoria Foundation, United Way of Greater Victoria, Phillips Brewery, Alert First Aid, Pandora Save-On-Foods (who supplied us with donations during Covid), and Andy from Metropol Printshop.
We'd also like to thank the following sponsors for their ongoing support:
100+ Women Who Care Victoria
555 Holdings Ltd.
Aegean Cafe
Absolutely Electrical
Access Records & Media Management
Archetypal - Ken Wylie
Alert First Aid
B.C. Aviation Museum
B.C. Government Services Employees Union
B.C. Hydro Power Partners
Blenkinsop Adventure Mini-Golf
Builders choice Shower Door & Innovative
Built-Rite Structural Services Ltd
City of Victoria Permissive Tax Exemption
Charles Gabriel Glassworks
Christine A Sethi - Van Imp Foundation
Coastal Community Insurance Services (2007) Ltd.
COIT Cleaning and Restoration
Collins & Co.
Colonial Countertops
Congregation Emanu-El
Coté Family Memorial Foundation
Country Grocer Esquimalt
CUPE 947
Ellice Recycle
End of the Roll
Enerchi Kombucha
Esther’s Dream Foundation
Frontrunners Footwear (Victoria) Ltd.
Garside Signs
Harbour City Kitchens
Harbourside Foundation
Heart & Hands Health Collective
Hero Work
Holy Cross Church
Icelandic Carpentry
Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
K of C St. Patrick’s Council
K of C Saanich Peninsula Council
Knappet Projects Inc.
Larry & Marty McComb
Level Ground Trading
Lifetime Tile & Stone
MacDuff Co. Manufacturing
Megson Fitzpatrick
Metropol Industries
Mitchell Creative
Nickel Family Foundation
Nixon Bros Trucking (1978) Ltd.
Odlum Brown Ltd
Open Door Spiritualist Church
Our Lady of Fatima Church
Petals Plus Floral
Pharmac Holdings
Proline Management Ltd.
Progressive Chiropractor
Provincial Employees Community Services Fund
Strength Counselling Services
Quality Victoria Drywall
Ralmax Group Holdings Ltd
The Right Man Plumbing
Rotary Club of Victoria
Royal Canadian Legion Pro Patria 292
Saanich Peninsula Catholic Parish
Saanich Peninsula Catholic Women’s League
Sacred Heart Catholic Parish
Schneider Electric Canada Inc.
Scruple’s Hair Design
Seventh Day Adventist Church
Sisters of St. Ann
St. Andrew’s Catholic Cathedral
St. Joseph the Worker Parish
St. Joseph’s Elementary School
St. Michael’s University School
St. Michael’s Junior School
St. Patrick’s Oak Bay
St. Patrick’s School
The Allen & Loreen Vandekerkhove Family Foundation
Thrifty Foods
Tile Town
Trinity Presbyterian Church
UNIFOR Local 333BC
United Way
Victoria Foundation
Victoria Harbourcats
Wheaton Family Foundation


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