Cedar Grove Initiative
Cedar Grove was acquired in 2002, and provides accommodation and support to 22 citizens who are homeless with multiple mental health issues, including addictions. Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) provided the support services and acted as lessee to ICO. Cool Aid Society operated the programs on behalf of VIHA.
This was one of the first "wet houses" in North America. There were no barriers to entry to the Cedar Grove programs and support if the person still used drugs. This was very innovative, as other support organizations demanded that the person be "clean" before help. ICO saw that as counter-productive and very short-sighted.
ICO has proven that this concept saves lives and Cedar Grove has helped many citizens re-establish their lives. ICO, in keeping with its mandate of innovation, has now sold the building to the Cool Aid Society of Victoria, a highly respected and capable organization in Victoria. Cool Aid will continue to operate the programs on behalf of VIHA and now have a site which can be developed further to assist those in need.
210 Gorge Road East
Victoria British Columbia V9A 6Z2