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The Bridge Has Adjusted How We Work To Best Support The People We Serve, And The Community In Which We Work.

The Bridge has adjusted how we work to best support the people we serve, and the community in which we work.

  • May 20, 2020

The Bridge adapted its services several weeks ago.  We repurposed our Recovery and Addictions resources to best support the hospital and acute care needs in our community.  We moved our groups to virtual platforms to help keep our families safe and well.  We supported all but our most at risk participants at a distance, to ensure the safety of our staff and those who engage in our many programs. Planning is now well underway to begin the gradual transition to the recovery phase of the pandemic.  All program managers will be on site the week of the 19th of May,…

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The Bridge Receives Funding For Youth Substance Use Treatment Program

The Bridge Receives Funding for Youth Substance Use Treatment Program

  • April 8, 2020

KELOWNA, BC – The Bridge Youth & Family Services is pleased to announce they are recipients of a $50,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise. The investment will support their “Okanagan Youth Recovery House” project for young people under the age of 19 who are experiencing addiction. Currently, British Columbia has less than 50 publicly funded youth treatment beds. Within the Okanagan, there are zero facility-based treatment options for youth under the age of 17.  Sunrise Rotary has also committed funds from their Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest in the summer of 2020. “British Columbia remains in a state of…

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The Bridge Receives Funding For Youth Substance Use Treatment Program

The Bridge Receives Funding for Youth Substance Use Treatment Program

  • March 31, 2020

KELOWNA, BC  – The Bridge Youth & Family Services is pleased to announce they are recipients of an anonymous $30,000 donation. The investment will support their “Youth Recovery House” project for young people under the age of 19 who are experiencing addiction. Currently, British Columbia has less than 50 publicly funded youth treatment beds. Within the Okanagan, there are zero facility-based treatment options for youth under the age of 17. “There have been no recent additions to the province’s meager inventory of youth treatment beds and, Kelowna, sadly continues to have no local resource for these highly vulnerable and at-risk children and…

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Tributes Concert Raises Over $21,000 For Youth Treatment Centre

Tributes concert raises over $21,000 for youth treatment centre

  • October 30, 2019

Tributes For Teens: Arrival and Dreams presented by Valley First raised $21,630 in support of building a youth treatment centre in the Okanagan. The concert, hosted by Councillor Ryan Donn, treated attendees to the favourite songs of ABBA and Fleetwood Mac and a surprise performance by Donn and Leah West to open the evening at the Kelowna Community Theatre Friday night. All proceeds from the event were donated to The Bridge Youth & Family Services’ Youth Recovery House campaign. “The night was such a success. A tribute to our young people and a righteous cause that will ensure their health…

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The Bridge Youth & Family Services Celebrates 50 Years

The Bridge Youth & Family Services Celebrates 50 Years

  • October 18, 2019

The Bridge Youth & Family Services celebrated 50 years of transforming lives and building community in the Okanagan Wednesday night. The organization was founded in October 1969, then known as the Kelowna Group Living Society, operating two group homes – one for boys and another for girls – and has quietly grown to become a local leader in the social services sector. “Our business is a complex affair,” says executive director Celine Thompson. “We support people often at their most fragile, we engage in work that is by its very nature high risk, and we make lifetime and often generational…

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Withdrawal Management Surpasses 3,000

Withdrawal Management Surpasses 3,000

  • July 22, 2019

Join us for a celebratory BBQ on July 26th. On the cusp of celebrating its sixth anniversary of operation, The Bridge Youth & Family Services’ adult withdrawal management services (WMS) – or detox – hit the milestone of 3,000 people admitted this past year. The Bridge has helped over 3,200 people medically withdraw from alcohol or drugs since assuming operation of the service in 2013, including over 550 people last year. WMS provides around-the-clock care from an award-winning team of nurses, access to physicians and community volunteers who provide a variety of holistic healing services. “Detoxing without The Bridge is…

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Experiencing A Day With Outreach

Experiencing a day with Outreach

  • June 14, 2019

I had the opportunity to join The Bridge Outreach team for a shift in Downtown Kelowna, five hours that opened my eyes to a new perspective on homeless life in the Central Okanagan. My two colleagues – who I had only previously met at training sessions and meetings – took me under their wings to show me what they do day in day out. Our Outreach Overdose Prevention Service team features four staff members who collectively provide this service in Kelowna seven days a week – downtown in the afternoon and in Rutland in the evening. We also are providing…

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Local Non-profit Can Meet Demand For Expanded Addiction Services Within Two Months

Local non-profit can meet demand for expanded addiction services within two months

  • June 12, 2019

The Bridge Youth & Family Services is appealing to the BC Government to invest in improving addiction and recovery services in the Central Okanagan to bring it to comparable levels available elsewhere in the province. The Bridge presented to the Select Standing Committee on Finance and Government Services Wednesday morning to demonstrate how the Kelowna-based non-profit could use their expertise and infrastructure to have expanded service in place within two months of Government support. “The Central Okanagan has the solutions but does not have the resources to effectively respond to the segment of our community who is desperately seeking our…

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Naloxone Training Incredibly Popular At URBA After Hours

Naloxone Training Incredibly Popular at URBA After Hours

  • June 6, 2019

Attendees of the Uptown Rutland Business Association’s (URBA) June After Hours event became more prepared to help combat the provincial Opioid Overdose Crisis. For the first time at the event, free Naloxone training was offered by hosts at The Bridge Youth & Family Services with approximately half of the 85 attendees taking part in the brief hands-on training session and leaving with their own Naloxone kit. Quite the soirée last night. And in true Bridge fashion: 40 of our uptown Rutland business neighbours are now Naloxone trained! (And one very lucky man went home with free Tribute for Teens concert…

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Kelowna Councillor Announces Tributes For Teens Fundraiser

Kelowna Councillor Announces Tributes For Teens Fundraiser

  • April 17, 2019

Kelowna councillor Ryan Donn is hosting “Tributes for Teens: Arrival and Dreams,” presented by Valley First Insurance to raise funds to build a youth treatment centre in Kelowna. The concert will take place at the Kelowna Community Theatre on October 25 at 7:30 p.m. featuring Arrival – Canada’s tribute to ABBA – and Dreams – the ultimate tribute to Fleetwood Mac, as well as special guest performances. Music lovers can expect two authentic sounding six-piece tribute performances in full costumes with similar styles, looks and sounds to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees. “I’ve been inspired by my…

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