At Ancoura, we provide a nurturing and fulfilling environment for people living with mental illness, through stable, affordable housing and a supportive community.
Each of our homes is supported by a team of "visiting volunteers" who participate with residents in social activities and outings, helping to alleviate the loneliness and isolation that often comes with mental illness.
Ancoura’s professional staff supervise and train the volunteers, facilitate weekly meetings with residents, and provide one-on-one counselling and other support.
Ancoura is seven homes and 21 residents strong.
Ancoura is a proud recipient of the Inspiration Award from the Royal Ottawa Foundation for Mental Health (2013) and, over the years, has received numerous grants from organizations like United Way, the Ontario Realtors Care Foundation, the Ottawa Community Foundation, and the Trillium and McConnell foundations.
Check out our video (below) to better understand how Ancoura makes a difference.
For our first 10 years, Ancoura added one new home and three new residents nearly every year. More recently, several financial hurdles have put the breaks on growth and challenged our ability to provide the community supports our residents deserve.
Ancoura has clear needs:
- continue supporting our current residents in their existing homes; and, - set the wheels in motion for more homes, since there is significant need for this type of housing in Ottawa.
Ancoura has clear objectives:
Objective #1: Fundraise $10,000
- another year of weekly home meetings with Ancoura staff; - another year of weekly one-on-one counselling with Ancoura staff; - regular outings with, and social support from visiting volunteers; - training of visiting volunteers.
Objective #2: Fundraise $35,000
- the identification of rental options and the negotiation of a lease; - a rigorous (prospective) resident interview and pairing process; - volunteer recruitment and training; - provision of staff and volunteer support to the new household, as described above, for an entire year.
Check out our informational Video and thanks in advance for your contribution.