Because we live here, too.
We are fortunate to live and work in such a beautiful place. Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands have always been our home; we were raised here and have since raised our children here. As such, the health and vitality of communities up and down the island is important to us.
That’s why, starting in January of 2018, we began donating the revenue produced by recycling our aluminum waste to two worthy causes here in the Cowichan Valley: Warmland House, and Cowichan Women Against Violence (CWAV). The aluminum we recycle is generated when we replace an old gutter system, or soffit, for a customer. Normally, these proceeds would go back into the company, but we felt we wanted to do something more, and donating the proceeds to these two not-for-profits felt like the best thing to do.
Cowichan Women Against Violence says they are designed “to be a gateway to stable housing and integrated, client focused support services for men and women, who are also coping with a variety of challenges such as mental illness, addiction and chronic health conditions.”
They offers a range of services from Somenos Transition House, which provides confidential and free emergency shelter for women and their children escaping violent relationships, to the Horizons Pre-Employment Program that helps women who have suffered trauma and abuse get back into the work force.
Warmland House is a branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association—Cowichan Valley Branch, and “is designed to be a gateway to stable housing and integrated, client focused support services for men and women, who are also coping with a variety of challenges such as mental illness, addiction and chronic health conditions.”
They provide 30 emergency beds for those without shelter, making sure these individuals have access to warm clothing, food, and basic hygiene. They also provide transitional housing for those who need to stabilize their lives and develop life skills to help them be “housing ready”. And they provide a day-use area for people to access laundry facilities, computers, a library, and a community garden.
We are proud to help support, in a small way, these two community programs that work to help vulnerable individuals and families in our community. We hope you will take a minute to go to their websites and learn more about what they do.