Phase II Media Release
Jan 07, 2022

Phase II of the Okanagan Youth Recovery House kicks
off with $25,000 gift

The campaign to open a purpose-built facility for youth struggling with addiction is off to an impressive start thanks to the generous support of the Stober Foundation.

“The Stober Foundation is well-known for their commitment to improving the lives of those in need and this gift is no exception,” says Bridge Executive Director, Celine Thompson. The funds will be added to the organization’s capital campaign to build Phase II of their Okanagan Youth Recovery House.

The Bridge opened Phase I in May of 2021 with Interior Health and the Province of BC covering operational costs.

According to Thompson, the organization is proud of what they have been able to do for Phase I but the current space does have its limitations.  “A purpose-built space will allow us to tailor the residents’ environment in an intentional and deliberate way.  Every aspect of the building and its surroundings will reflect and acknowledge evidence-informed practice and the feedback we received from focus groups of families, communities and young people,” she explains.

The proposed building will be a home away from home where youth can focus on self-improvement by way of building connections. The design of the House will work to promote self-growth by connecting the youth to themselves, their allies, and nature.

Our foundation has long had a focus on helping those in need, specifically through supporting programs and services that help the underserviced populations from our community and beyond. The work that The Bridge does within our community is integral. Through their evidence-based treatment modalities, they provide essential care for those living with addictions, and provide valuable opportunities for change for those who might not otherwise have them. We are proud to support this phase of their growth, and, like many others within the Okanagan, are invested (financially and emotionally) in their success as this complex issue affects so many within our community.

The Bridge is officially launching Phase II of its capital campaign today, as part of #GIvingTuesdayCA. GivingTuesday is a global generosity movement-taking place each year after Black Friday. The “Opening day of the giving season,” it is a time when charities, companies and individuals join together and rally for their favourite causes. In the same way that retailers take part in Black Friday, the giving community comes together for GivingTuesday.

For further information on the Youth Recovery House campaign visit

For more information, contact:
Kelly Paley
Director of Community Engagement
The Bridge Youth & Family Services
250 763 0456 ext 2224