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KCR Finds a New Home

KCR new building

KCR will be moving to a new location at 620 Leon Avenue in Kelowna. Staff currently operating from four (4) separate sites will be together, which fulfils a long-term vision and strategic plan of the Board of Directors.

Services will be somewhat limited throughout the move that will begin December 21st and will be completed by January 9th.

“Bringing staff together will enhance our work culture as we all get to know one another better,” said Ellen Boelcke, Executive Director. “Working from the same site will create a larger sense of team. Departments will be more able to share information and cross-training of staff will be easier. Ultimately, this move will increase our service quality”, Boelcke added.

One location means that KCR is easier to find. Participants, service providers, funders and stakeholders will have access to all KCR staff, programs, and services. Transportation access by public transit and major thoroughfares is improved. A downtown site is more centralized within the Central Okanagan region for people traveling from Lake Country or Peachland.

“KCR has served our community for 33 years and our investment in a single location that houses all employees, volunteers and programming confirms our continued commitment to serve the Central Okanagan and beyond,” said Rob Peter, KCR Board President.

KCR Mentor Volunteer Committee

KCR Mentor Volunteer Committee

Our KCR Mentor Volunteer Committee has been created! Thank you to our volunteers: Julie, Rachel, Alexandra (with Settlement Workers Vicki Pilot and Marrianna Chen) for stepping up to host our quarterly Mentor-Mentee Potlucks. Other fabulous ideas and ways to network to come!

Our organization appreciates and gives back to our wonderful Volunteers in many different ways. If you are interested in participating in the Employment and/or Settlement Programs please give us a call at 250.763.8008.

Sponsor a Family – Sponsors Needed!

KCR Sponsor a Family

Our community needs your help this holiday season! Our Christmas Sponsorship program is in need of sponsors! You can “adopt” a family and experience the gift of giving.

The Christmas Sponsorship program started in 2006 in an effort to help brighten the lives of families that are working hard with local organizations to rise above their circumstance. These families are matched with the generosity of community sponsors to provide the Christmas that they cannot provide themselves.

Who can be a Sponsor?

A Sponsor can be an individual, group, or organization that is willing to support the families listed in the program. A sponsor is matched with a family and provided with the family’s first names and wish list. This list provides ideas for easy shopping, as well as a more personalized experience and connection between the family and the sponsor. The sponsor provides gifts for each member of the family, as well as grocery gift cards (in lieu of food). Once the hamper is completed, the sponsor drops it off at Kelowna Community Resources and we take care of delivery to families!


For more information, contact:

Lisa Ford
KCR Family Friend Coordinator
250.763.8008 ext 136
ac.rcknull@ylimafarosnops
https://kcr.ca/family-services/the-family-friend-program/sponsor-a-family/

2016 Holiday Events Guide

Holiday Events Guide 2016

The 2016 Holiday Events Guide is now available for download in regular and Large Text editions. The Holiday Events Guide consists of FREE/low-cost events, community dinners, spiritual services and Christmas hamper locations happening in the Central Okanagan during the holiday season.

Also available for download is the stand-alone publication for Craft Fairs & Bazaars. Check out the publications page for the large text versions!

2016 Holiday Events Guide – Craft Fairs & Bazaars

Holiday Events Guide 2016 - Craft Fairs & Bazaars

This year, due to the popularity of this category and the number of requests we receive, we have created a stand-alone list — the 2016 Craft Fairs & Bazaars — for those who wish to print off a copy and map out their Personal Christmas Gift Shopping Route, or just scroll through the list on their phones.

For those who would appreciate a large text version, it is available on our Publications page. Look for it near the top!

KCR’s Giving Tuesday Mitten Tree

UPDATE:
With the help of a large generous donation from London Drugs, KCR has surpassed our goal to provide Inn From the Cold – Kelowna with 150 gloves/mittens for Giving Tuesday -“National Giving Day”.

KCR Mitten Tree
A very large Thank You to Assistant Manager, John Pereira who brought in the donation!!


Mitten tree

KCR is creating a Mitten Tree in light of Giving Tuesday – “National Giving Day” on November 29, 2016.

If you are interested in giving mittens or gloves for the homeless, people who need assistance, we will be donating them to the Inn from the Cold.

This is a new Canadian movement for giving and volunteering, taking place each year after Cyber Monday. The “Opening day of the giving season, “is a day where charities, companies, and individuals join together to share commitments, rally for favourite causes and think about others. As well, Canada is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Confederation. To show our Giving spirit and, celebrate both events, KCR has set up a Mitten Tree in our reception area. Our goal is to have 150 pairs of New Gloves and Mittens by November 29th – the National Day of Giving.

Central Okanagan Flu Shot Locations 2016

Central Okanagan Flu Shot Locations 2016

Have you had your Flu shot yet? Download our 2016 Flu Shot Locations Guide to view a list of clinics, dates/hours they’re open and eligibility requirements. Includes locations from Kelowna, Lake Country, Lumby, Okanagan Falls, Peachland, Summerland & West Kelowna.

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Adoption Centre of BC – Fall 2016 Newsletter

Adoption Centre of BC - Fall 2016 Newsletter
Here is our exciting Fall Newsletter for you to read and enjoy. It includes updates on our International programs, office announcements, and more!

Download the Adoption Centre of BC – Fall 2016 Newsletter today.

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