Fast Facts About Harewood
The community of Harewood is located in the city of Nanaimo, situated in the east coast of Vancouver Island. The City and the community of Harewood are sited on lands that are within the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation, who have occupied this area for thousands of years.
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Our Harewood community neighbours have a much larger percentage of low income individuals compared to those living in the city of Nanaimo. 21.0% of Harewood residents are comprised of low-income individuals compared to 12.3% for residents of Nanaimo (Statistics Canada). The median income of the neighbourhood is also lower than the same indicator for the City at $18,818 (Harewood) versus $23,762 (Nanaimo) – To put that into a larger perspective, the individual median income for Victoria residents is $31,309.
Harewood has more single parent households, and more senior residents than Nanaimo.
Poverty is a real issue for many of our community members, and has long-term adverse effects on not just our children, but our community at large. Poverty and poor health are closed linked. Children need adequate nutrition to not just meet their physical developmental milestones, but also to fuel healthy mental, emotional, and spiritual development. A hungry kid is a kid that struggles to learn and keep up with his/her adequately-fed peers. Being poor increases household stress, hopelessness, anxiety, depression, shame, anger, and maladaptive coping behaviours such as substance abuse. Poverty contributes to crime, suicidality, and increased health-care costs. Research contends that the best way to support a child in need, is to support the child’s primary caregiver(s).
When any members of our society suffer, we all suffer.
As a means of offering Harewood community members support to deal with such multifaceted issues, Island Integrated Counselling Society offers free walk-in crisis counselling services.
Harewood Walk-in Clinic
Similar to the Crisis Walk-in Clinic at Brooks Landing, this free clinic is open to the general public every Friday after school, from 4 – 8 p.m. No appointment is necessary.
The clinic is located at Georgia Ave. school, a block south of the University Heights mall in Harewood. Enter through the main entrance.
Island Integrated Counselling aims to help adult clients turn their crisis/urgent matter into an opportunity for positive change in a single 40-minute session. Clients are welcome to return for another brief session if they wish. Longer-term therapy is available at our office located at #306 – 285 Prideaux Street (where appointments are required).
Island Integrated Counselling has served the community for 19 years and has had a presence in Harewood for more than a decade.
Island Integrated Counselling is a registered charity that issues tax receipts. They accept donations towards any of our programs and services.
If you wish to make a difference to those in our community you can click on the Donate button to the right, or go to our donations page. You will receive a year-end tax receipt, acknowledging your generosity. These donations make a major difference! $250 can turn a life around. $100 can be the difference between getting help and not. Even $50 might save a life!
I greatly believe in the concept of community. Island Integrated Counselling Society offers ALL community members supportive services. Please consider donating to this non-profit society so they can keep doing the good work that they do.