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Kinghaven Peardonville House Society Uses ECS Fund to Remain Open During COVID-19 Pandemic

Thanks to a partnership with Employment and Social Development Canada and Community Foundations of Canada, we were able to provide an Emergency Community Support Fund grant to Kinghaven Peardonville House Society last year. Their team received this funding to help reduce overdose deaths, minimize COVID-19 anxiety and prevent relapse for men and women with mental health and substance use disorders.

According to their Executive Director, Tsitsi Watt, the funding helped their facilities remain open and avoid any COVID-19 outbreaks throughout the pandemic. The organization felt it was essential to stay open and provide mental health and substance use treatment as the opioid overdose crisis continues right here in BC. 

Specifically, the funds were used to enable their team to reach out to potential clients before admission and follow-up with them after they completed their treatment sessions to ensure they are doing well. According to Tsitsi Watt, many of the people who have come through the program are very appreciative that they could participate in the program, especially during the challenging pandemic period. 

Pictured below are two residents enjoying a game of basketball in the courtyard of one of the treatment facilities.

To learn more about Kinghaven Peardonville House Society, click here

To learn more about the Emergency Community Support Fund, click here.