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 a public health emergency due to the poisoned drug supply,” says Celine Thompson. “There has been no recent addition to the province’s meager inventory of youth treatment beds and, the Central Okanagan, sadly continues to have no local resource for these highly vulnerable and at-risk children and youth. They continue to languish on wait lists for space to become available in Vancouver, Prince George or out of province.”
In Phase 1 of the Youth Recovery House project the Bridge will use funds from Sunrise Rotary to retrofit and renovate a building already owned by the organization. This will allow The Bridge to provide 6 youth treatment beds once they have met their goal of fundraising the 1 million dollars in operational expenses required to run the facility.
The Bridge has received an outpouring of written support from local mayors and council for the project along with donations from community members, service clubs and businesses. The Bridge will continue to rely upon grants, private donations and community fundraising to secure the operational expenses. Donations can be made through the Youth Recovery House website youthrecoveryhouse.ca.
“We are so pleased to be able to support The Bridge Youth Substance Use Treatment Program. Some of the funds used have come from the generosity of our sponsors and the local community who have supported our annual Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest. As Rotarian’s we are People of Action, doing good in our community and around the world” says Susan McIntyre, President of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.
About the Bridge:
The Bridge Youth & Family Services Society is a not-for-profit, registered charity that has provided innovative and quality programming to the children, youth and families of the Central Okanagan since 1969.
The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise meets weekly on Friday mornings at 7am at the Kelowna Golf and Country Club. If you would like more information about the club or would like to participate in a meeting, please visit www.kelownasunriserotary.org
Contact: Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise
Media Liaison, Rib Fest Committee