Jane* came to NOW Canada from a transition centre. She was a mother whose children were in care with a significant amount of Ministry and Children and Family Development (MCFD) involvement. In addition, she was pregnant — pregnant and using drugs. She needed an abstinence-based program, safe housing and intensive supports.
The man Sarah* should have been able to trust as her stepfather became a monster. He undressed, touched and violated her. Sarah’s mother did not believe her nor support her and sided with the abuser. Her childhood is a bad dream she could not wake up from. She finally found the
Riley* was referred to the John Howard Society of the Central and South Okanagan’s (JHSCSO) residential services in January 2014 in his mid-50's. He had been living in a small city in British Columbia for 18 years in a home that provided him with 24/7 support due to his neuro-cognitive deficits
Five Ways to Find Help for Yourself and the Ones You Love: Get Help Now at bc211.ca Do you know the five most-searched areas for help at bc211.ca? Read below and find out: Laid off nine months ago and unable to find new work, Mark is also caring for his seriously ill
Local Companies Give Back through the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring This month, seven groups from local workplaces gave back by assisting non-profit agencies in the Central and South Okanagan with various projects around their facilities. The Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring is a unique way for
When Tamara was very young, life was simple. Her mom’s boyfriend Tom treated her like a princess. She thought she could do nothing wrong. However, although Tom treated Tamara well, he was cruel and abusive to her mother and siblings. He brought drugs and alcohol into their home and dragged Tamara’s
April 3, 2017 – United Way CSO invites you to the kickoff event for the Pushor Mitchell United Way Day of Caring®. This year, corporate sponsor, Pushor Mitchell Lawyers, is mobilizing over 100 employees on Friday to complement another 50 volunteers to work all afternoon at 13 projects in the Central
February 20, 2017 (Kelowna, BC) Last week, UBC Okanagan students once again generously volunteered their time to help local charities through the United Way Day of Caring® Program. More than 55 students signed up through the UBC Okanagan Community Service Learning Program, and donated 180 hours of time saving the agencies
“I know that we can all get better with the right help and I encourage women to empower themselves to get better.” A Difficult Start Tammy did not have an easy start to life. She was born to a drug addicted teenage mother and was herself addicted to heroin at birth.
Paul and Lisa were so excited to become parents for the first time. Their baby son Max was happy and healthy, and for the first 2 years of his life, everything seemed normal. They didn’t have a lot of money, since they were living on only one wage, but otherwise things
Peter and Helen have been married for 47 years. When Helen started to show signs of dementia, Peter didn’t know where to turn for help. “Helen was always the person who organized everything for our family,” he explains. “She was the one who always knew where things are kept, and talked
January 17, 2017 - United Way’s Gennext and the Central Okanagan Foundation for Youth (COFFY) have partnered again this year to offer Youth Initiative Grants. Youth who are improving their communities have a chance to receive project funding of up to $2,000. These grants are available to young people up to
November 22, 2016 (Princeton) - The United Way Central and South Okanagan/Similkameen (CSO) recently provided funding for Princeton Family Services for their Community Support Worker initiative. This is a new community fund investment falling under the Building Healthy People, Strong Communities focus area that’s aimed at improving health services in Princeton.
Diane Entwistle - CEO Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs United Way partners with Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs in 7 communities throughout our region, ensuring that children and youth have a safe, supportive place to be after school including healthy snacks, learning support and mentors. We also invest in the youth shelter
United Way partners with Peachland Wellness Centre to provide programs and services that connect people through support, education, information, referral and outreach. It's hard being self-sufficient sometimes and United Way enables individuals to achieve their potential through engaging individuals and mobilizing collective action. United Way CSO moves people from poverty to