The Communitas50 Fund
The Communitas50 Fund is a new initiative inspired by 50 years of serving communities throughout BC. As we look ahead to commemorating our 50th anniversary in 2024, we naturally reflect on the future and ask, “how will we continue to support people over the next 50 years?”
This fund is part of our response to that question. We are dedicated to leading and adapting to emerging needs now and into the future. The fund will help progress several key projects and services aimed at meeting the housing, skill development, mental wellness, and employment needs of people with disabilities in our community. Together we expect to raise $500,000 with the help of 50 champions and their networks.
Who will care for our children?
For 50 years, Communitas has been at the forefront of care for people living with diverse abilities. What began as a grassroots, Fraser Valley initiative, spurred on by the question “Who will care for our children?”, has grown into an organization that provides care across the Lower Mainland, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island, providing services to people who live with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and acquired brain injury.
Communitas Supportive Care Society
Communitas is a registered charity celebrating 50 years of delivering services to people who live with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and acquired brain injury. With over 44 programs, we serve over 1,000 people in Metro Vancouver, the Fraser Valley, and Vancouver Island.
As a registered charity, we are not earning any revenue from our work. All incoming funds go toward creating and sustaining services that are in line with our vision – creating inclusive community and abundant life for all.
Financial stability at Communitas is achieved through a partnership of government funding, grants, and the gifts of community members who believe in our purpose.
What Are We Raising Funds For?
It is a challenging time for many. We hear it in the phone calls to our offices asking for help. We see it in the waitlists for services. We observe it in the environment around us and the impact on people’s quality of life. Through our conversations with families, stakeholders and people we support, we want to address four priorities that emerged:
- creating inclusive housing options,
- developing life skills that allow for greater independence,
- supporting people to gain and maintain their mental health,
- and helping people of diverse abilities find and maintain meaningful employment.