February in the city of Victoria is a month that is torn between grey days of dreary rain and searing blue skies of sunshine. It’s the time of year when the cherry blossoms show up, and our whole community rallies around their beauty—bragging about their existence so early in the year to any friends and family we have back East.

Seeing the streets lined with this delicate new life, it’s almost impossible to ignore the hope that these blossoms symbolize. Even if their life is fleeting, even if the hope isn’t always obvious, it’s still there.

That’s why it’s so important for us to grasp that hope—and help create hope—whenever we can. Thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who has supported The Dandelion Society throughout the seasons. It’s always an adventure, not knowing what the next day will bring. Whenever you give, you provide hope. And that hope has the power to create lasting change.

We’ve had an eventful start to the year 2016, and at the Tent City Protest Party on February 25, it was heartening to see some community support. Although an eviction notice from the government has caused a lot of disappointment and struggle for many members of my street family, I’m thankful for the awareness that has been spread leading up to this event as well as throughout the presence of the tent city.

What’s more, I’m grateful for people like you who continually give and seek to understand the complexities and difficulties of finding affordable housing for those in my street community.

If you’d like an update on what’s happening at the Dandelion Society, please take some time to read through our latest Dandelion Report. Thank you for your generosity and kindness, and may the hope of spring linger in your hearts.