Avodah’s Rent Supplement Program

extremely tight housing market is resulting in rising rental costs, low vacancy
rates and high competition for available units.  Many families struggle to
keep a roof over their heads. 

help families who are at risk of or are experiencing homelessness, Avodah
Social Action Group
has partnered with the Burnside Gorge Community Centre for
several years.  Avodah provides $485 in monthly funds- $360 a month for
rent and utilities for up to three families and an additional $125 a month for
emergency food cards. 

Gorge, in its quarterly reports to Avodah, details how Avodah’s funds are
spent.  Following are a few examples from these reports:

single mother received word that she had been accepted into subsidized housing
after a three year wait. Though working full-time, she was struggling to
come up with funds to cover a damage deposit, rent and moving costs. A
rent supplement was provided to assist her in covering the damage
deposit, ensuring she was able to accept the unit. ”

“ A family with two children aged seven and two were at imminent risk of
having their electricity disconnected due to the high costs of winter
heating. After exhausting all other possible financial resource from
family, friends, and other community organizations the Housing Outreach team
was able prevent the loss of electricity with an Avodah subsidy; in order
to prevent further disconnection notices the Housing Outreach team
arranged an affordable equal payment plan between the family and
BC Hydro.”

” A single father had his hours cut at work and was struggling to pay his
rent. A rent supplement was provided to cover the remainder of his rent
and ensure he kept his unit in subsidized housing. He was then able to
focus on securing a second job to increase his income and ensure he is able to
pay his rent on time"

In concluding their report, The Family Housing Outreach Workers thank Avodah
for our continuing financial support, saying how Burnside Gorge Community
Association’s work, in combination with our monthly cheques, helps families
achieve long term success in maintaining housing.

Your donation to Avodah will help ensure continued support for this program.

Avodah: Fall Update

for Avodah

Emanu-El’s Avodah Social Action Group is happy to inform you that Avodah has
received grants from the following organizations:

  • Jewish Federation of Victoria and Vancouver Island: $3,000
  • The Betty Averbach Foundation: $4,500

substantial financial support will help us greatly to carry out our important
programs to help youth, adults and families who are experiencing homelessness
and poverty in Victoria.  Thanks to the generosity of these donors, as
well as to the consistent support of our congregation, we look forward to
continuing to make a difference in the lives of people in need in Victoria,
with renewed strength and dedication.

Action Week, Oct. 17–20


(Credit: en.wikipedia.org)

Homelessness Action Week, Avodah is now collecting much-needed winter items and
everyday essentials.  

Most needed items: 

  • socks & underwear
  • gloves and mittens
  • toques and scarves
  • razors, toothbrushes, toothpaste and floss
  • gravel-sized hygiene
  • deodorant, nall clippers and files.

Also needed:  

  • combs and small brushes
  • lip balm, Q-tips
  • feminine hygiene products, Band-aids, toilet paper
  • non-scented baby wipes, baby powder
  • dog & cat food
  • non-perishable snacks, 
  • USB flash drives
  • pens,
    pencils and notepads. 

goods, such as peanut butter, tuna, canned fruit, cereal always needed as well.

You can
bring items to the Avodah box in the synagogue foyer; or you can take items to
the following drop-off locations, between Oct. 11 and 17

  • Our Place
  • Anawim
  • Rock Bay Landing of Victoria Cool Aid Society
  • St.  Vincent de
    Paul, or 
  • Greater Victoria Public Library branches.

Oct. 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, a day when
anti-poverty advocates in Canada join together to call for a federal anti-poverty
plan to address systemic causes of poverty. You can check out www.chewonthis.ca for more details.

Sleeping Bag Blitz Update

Avodah is very pleased to report that thanks to our caring, generous donors, Avodah has bought 75 new sleeping bags and 60 mylar emergency blankets to meet the critical need of people living on the street.

Avodah has also received and donated twenty new blankets to the Greater Victoria Extreme Weather Response Plan, which kicks in on the coldest nights of the year to provide emergency shelter. Sincere thanks to all our donors who responded so immediately to our sleeping bag appeal, with special thanks to Sleeping Bag Lady Jackie for her determination and action to get these much-needed sleeping bags out on the streets asap! 

Avodah invites and thanks you for your donations, which make it possible for us to help people in huge need.  Together, with your support, we can continue to make a difference in our community.

Donations for Avodah—Fall 2014

Help those experiencing homelessness in our community. Avodah is now collecting items for Project Connect care packs. Project Connect is a service fair for people experiencing homelessness and extreme poverty. It takes place on Oct. 21 at Our Place.  Each of the 700 people who attend will receive a care pack, full of essential items for the coming winter months.
Please bring the following needed items to the Avodah box in the foyer of the synagogue by Thursday, Oct. 16:
Most Needed Items:
  • socks
  • gloves & mittens
  • toques and scarves
  • razors
  • toothbrushes, toothpaste & floss
  • travel-sized hygiene products (shampoo, lotion, shaving cream, etc.)
  • deodorant
  • nail clippers & files

Also needed:

  • combs and small brushes
  • lip balm
  • Q-tips
  • feminine hygiene products
  • dog & cat food
  • toilet paper
  • band-aids
  • non-perishable snacks (granola bars, juice boxes, etc.)
  • USB flash drives
  • pens, pencils, notepads
Cash donations welcome.
Donations can also be dropped off at Anawim House, 973 Caledonia Ave, from Oct. 15 – 18.
Project Connect is organized by the Greater Victoria Coalition to End Homelessness.