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Harm Reduction in Homeless Shelters
With drug-related overdose deaths increasing rapidly, there is an urgent need to understand the risk factors for homeless shelter residents, particularly in homeless shelter washrooms.
In 2015 we received an application from the Centre for Addictions Research at UVIC to engage with homeless shelter staff, residents and health experts to better understand the challenges in implementing harm reduction in shelters. Our Health Advisors agreed that this was a good idea.
Donors like you made possible a $10K grant which researched the reasons behind the practice of drug use in homeless shelter washrooms and developed policy recommendations to address it. These recommendations included expanded access to supervised consumption services, withdrawal management support, drug testing and support for continued use of naloxone.
Over the past five years, the Health focus area has provided support to a a range of leading charities including: St. Paul's Foundation, University of BC Faculty of Medicine, Cowichan Tribes First Nation, University of Victoria, Fraser Health Authority,Pacific Aids Network, The Good Samaritan Society, Simon Fraser University, and Atira Womens Resource Society, among others.
Why support a focus area?
Causes of concern today may not even exist tomorrow, but when you support a focus area, you join other like-minded donors and become a part of a powerful force in creating a healthier, more livable community. And because we bring together smart advisors —all experts in their respective fields — to review and select the best grant applications, you can be assured that your gift is being utilized in a way that has long-term impact. Learn more about the expert advisors who are putting your gift to work.
Many donors care about health, but you also have broader interests int he community. You may want to consider a targeted gift to another one of these focus areas: