Victoria Cool Aid Society

Cindy Matkin is happy to have the coat drive giveaway annually to get herself a couple new jackets. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Hundreds of jackets claimed at Cool Aid Society’s 12th Annual Coat Giveaway

Donations from the community were given to hundreds of people in need

Cindy Matkin is happy to have the coat drive giveaway annually to get herself a couple new jackets. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Rabbi Harry Brechner (left) Michael Bloomfield, founder of the Sock Project, and BC Finance Minister Carole James hold up some of the socks donated to 25 distribution centres in Greater Victoria. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria resident helps collect 100,000 pairs of socks for the homeless

Michael Bloomfield has worked on the Socks Project for 12 years

Rabbi Harry Brechner (left) Michael Bloomfield, founder of the Sock Project, and BC Finance Minister Carole James hold up some of the socks donated to 25 distribution centres in Greater Victoria. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Jupiter George and Agnes Ratcliff will each receive one of the gifts donated to Cool Aid this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria Cool Aid Society faces holiday gift shortage for its patrons

Cool Aid has less than half of the required gifts for people staying in its shelters

Jupiter George and Agnes Ratcliff will each receive one of the gifts donated to Cool Aid this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Shawn Kuin is still unpacking after moving into his new apartment at the Mount Edward Court, but he’s happy to have his freedom. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria’s Cool Aid Society opens 15 more affordable units for seniors

Seventy-Eight supportive housing units already at Mount Edward Court

Shawn Kuin is still unpacking after moving into his new apartment at the Mount Edward Court, but he’s happy to have his freedom. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Dr. Fraser Black, palliative care physician with PORT working in downtown Victoria (File contributed/UVic)

Mobile palliative care team launches for downtown Victoria’s homeless population

UVic, Cool Aid, Victoria Hospice and Island Health team up for end-of-life care services

Dr. Fraser Black, palliative care physician with PORT working in downtown Victoria (File contributed/UVic)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has had its busiest year yet. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)

Victoria Cool Aid Society see busiest year yet

12,000 people were served by Cool Aid throughout the Capital Region between 2018-2019

The Victoria Cool Aid Society has had its busiest year yet. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
A new, two-phase development at 3020 Douglas St. and 584 Burnside Rd. E will accommodate 157 affordable rental units (File contributed/City of Victoria)

City of Victoria approves affordable housing project at former Tally-Ho Motel site

A development by Cool Aid will see 157 rental units, a daycare and more

A new, two-phase development at 3020 Douglas St. and 584 Burnside Rd. E will accommodate 157 affordable rental units (File contributed/City of Victoria)
James Taylor has been working with Carey Newman to perfect his carving abilities. Taylor has been an artist for 40 years, but struggled with alcholosim. Since coming to Newman’s carving site, Taylor has found more focus in his life. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Linking culture and recovery: Greater Victoria totem project matches people with master carver

The Victoria Cool Aid Society and master carver Carey Newman help artists harness their skills

James Taylor has been working with Carey Newman to perfect his carving abilities. Taylor has been an artist for 40 years, but struggled with alcholosim. Since coming to Newman’s carving site, Taylor has found more focus in his life. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has opened additional beds now that the Emergency Weather Protocol is activated. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has opened additional beds now that the Emergency Weather Protocol is activated. (Victoria Cool Aid Society/Facebook)
The Cool Aid Society’s Winter Coat Drive ends Jan. 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy Victoria Cool Aid Society)

Donate your gently used coat to those in need

Cool Aid’s Eleventh annual coat drive needs your gently-used donations

The Cool Aid Society’s Winter Coat Drive ends Jan. 14, 2019. (Photo courtesy Victoria Cool Aid Society)
Victoria Cool Aid Society seeks personalized Christmas gifts

Victoria Cool Aid Society seeks personalized Christmas gifts

Three shelters are participating in the Homeless Partners Christmas Wish List program

Victoria Cool Aid Society seeks personalized Christmas gifts
To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Victoria’s Cool Aid Society commissioned a mural on the side of their first purpose-built building , Swift House. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria’s Cool Aid Society unveils mural in celebration of 50th anniversary

The mural was created by Victoria’s artist-in-residence, Luke Ramsey

To celebrate their 50th anniversary, Victoria’s Cool Aid Society commissioned a mural on the side of their first purpose-built building , Swift House. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
John Sherratt, manager of supportive housing for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, stands in the main floor hallway of the organization’s newest housing facility, the former Tally Ho Motel on Douglas Street. Don Descoteau/Victoria News

WATCH: New residents settling in to former Tally Ho Motel

Cool Aid providing supportive housing for ex-Choices residents and others

John Sherratt, manager of supportive housing for the Victoria Cool Aid Society, stands in the main floor hallway of the organization’s newest housing facility, the former Tally Ho Motel on Douglas Street. Don Descoteau/Victoria News
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has been gradually moving residents into its new supported living facility at 3020 Douglas St., the former Tally Ho Motel. News file photo

Cool Aid’s renovated ex-hotel offers opportunities, more living space

Residents of Choices transitional home in View Royal get new digs at former Tally Ho

  • Mar 29, 2018
The Victoria Cool Aid Society has been gradually moving residents into its new supported living facility at 3020 Douglas St., the former Tally Ho Motel. News file photo