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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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Etcetera: Showcasing Our Glitter Critters

  • March 27, 2019

Etcetera has been doing great. We have more staff; Freddie Kabok co-facilitates group and Tai from the Boys and Girls Club creates curriculum and leads group. We’ve seen an increase in persons reached, around 15 to 30 Glitter Critters come each week!  Our partnership with Kelowna Women in Business is going well. We attend their events to promote Etcetera and they offer contacts and hope to donate $10,000 to us in September 2019. Community awareness of Etcetera is increasing - a cool event called Kelowna4Love donated over $2,600 to Etcetera in February and the Pride Resource Center at UBC Okanagan…

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The Bridge Hosts Coffee With The Mayor & Social Services Leaders

The Bridge Hosts Coffee With the Mayor & Social Services Leaders

  • February 15, 2019

  Mayor Colin Basran met with Kelowna’s leaders of the social services sector over coffee Wednesday morning at The Bridge Youth & Family Services to further engage in discussions about how to strengthen the community. The informal meeting was a continuation of a conversation held during the recent municipal election on how to support the community’s disenfranchised and promote Kelowna’s diversity, compassion and inclusion. Housing continues to be at the forefront of discussions. With funding for the Cornerstone emergency shelter set to end in 2019, establishing help for people who access this service and continuing to assist people access housing…

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Kelowna Nurse Honoured

  • December 27, 2018

The Nurses and Nurse Practitioners of BC (NNPBC) held its 2018 Nursing Awards of Excellence gala in Vancouver on December 17th honouring individuals who have exemplified outstanding nursing in the province of BC. Kelowna Registered Nurse, Brenda Epp was among the recipients, recognized in the category of Excellence in Nursing Practice. Brenda was recognized as an outstanding nurse leader and clinician in her work as the Program Manager and Registered Nurse for a twelve-bed Withdrawal Management Unit, operated by The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society in Kelowna. She leads a team of more than 20 staff and together they…

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So much more than a gift…

  • December 8, 2018

The staff of The Bridge Youth & Family Services are overwhelmed by the generosity of Melanie and the Life After Laundry Ladies Club volunteers. For the second year, Melanie has been gathering donors and donations to make Christmas a little brighter for the participants in The Bridge Youth & Family Services Recovery and Addictions Programs. Eight volunteers spent the evening of December 3 sorting, wrapping and packing gift bags for 20 individuals who will be receiving treatment services the week of Christmas. Adult Withdrawal Management Program Manager, Brenda Epp summed it up beautifully when she explained to the volunteers just…

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Time to Listen: Youth Voices on Substance Use

  • November 16, 2018

NOV. 15, 2018  Youth substance abuse. Working after 55. Jennifer Charlesworth, British Columbia's Representative for Children and Youth, Elizabeth Saewyc, the University of British Columbia's director of the School of Nursing, and Jamie McGregor, the Bridge Youth and Family Services' manager of its youth detox program. Alexander Bell, community and business engagement coordinator for the Pacific Community Resources Society. Shared from Listen to CBC Radio's live streams and shows on demand. Read the full report here

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