GivingTuesday Stories: Your Generosity has left me Speechless…

KCR Presents GivingTuesday Stories: A series of heart-warming stories and a glance at our different programs we offer.

A single mom shares the impact her Sponsor’s generosity had on her family as part of the Sponsor a Family Program. From her words, we can learn that the act of giving goes way beyond the “stuff.” KCR Community Resources - Sponsor a FamilyIt demonstrates that our community cares and that messaging contributes to the long-term health and success of families.

“For the last month I have been trying to find the words to thank you properly for your incredible kindness but your generosity has left me speechless. Every last gift has been such a blessing in our lives…

My daughter cares for her baby as if it were a real darling infant, making her the most empathetic big sister and entertaining co-pilot on our adventures together out and about while we care for both wee ones! Her baby has had diaper changes on change tables and has already received her first shots from a real nurse <3

My eldest son wears his new sweater and swears that yellow striped shirt was made just for him as he has just been prescribed glasses, he is looking rather dapper- I didn’t think he could possibly get any cuter but he breaks his mama’s heart with his kind and gentle soul every day.

My baby boy adores his rides in the carrier and his knit pants are an imperative part of his riding outfit. He also insists on wearing his onesies all the time, I don’t know what makes them his favorite, as he is so young, but I swear it is because I know they were given in love.

I myself am proud to be considered a good mom, with the amazing gifts you so graciously gave me you allowed me the means to be a great mom. I have been cooking up a storm and my new cookware and it cuts cleaning time in half. My new vacuum might be my soul mate! LOL! You have truly filled our home and bellies with joy and laughter. This definitely feels like the easiest winter we have had thus far. Snacks and feasts have been plentiful and this heater has kept our house warm and cozy and is a much-coveted spot after bath time. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Your contribution to our lives has felt truly uplifting and life-altering. Sending health and happiness from our home to yours, from my grateful heart and soul.”

Donate Now to KCR to help keep these programs running.

GivingTuesday Stories: Hitting the Reset Button on your Career

KCR Presents GivingTuesday Stories: A series of heart-warming stories and a glance at our different programs we offer.

One of the participants entering our Job Readiness employment program had recently moved to Kelowna for health reasons and to be with family. He was diagnosed with cancer 2 years ago and was KCR Employment Services - Job Search Imagefinishing his treatments during the program. He had previously been in high-end sales and marketing roles, and unfortunately, his health issues forced him to stop that type of work. As a result, he came into the program with low self-esteem, but upon working through the career exploration and networking stages of the program, he identified part-time seasonal work in the wine industry as his goal.

He was a joy to have in the classroom, as he had outstanding interpersonal skills and was very caring and patient with other participants. He also had an extremely positive outlook, which, along with the support of staff, helped encourage him to pursue his intended career. He had a great experience networking with local winemakers, and by the last week of class, had already found a career!

Donate Now to KCR to help keep these programs running.

GivingTuesday Stories: Age Doesn’t Matter – Lourdes & Chelsea

KCR Presents GivingTuesday Stories: A series of heart-warming stories and a glance at our different programs we offer.

Lourdes moved to Kelowna from the Philippines in 2001. She is now 78, active in her church and very independent, but wanted more support to GivingTuesday Stories: Age Doesn't Matter - Lourdes & Chelseahelp navigate the Canadian culture and assist her with using technology to communicate with her family abroad. Lourdes was particularly interested in learning how to play the guitar like her granddaughter. Only able to formally complete grade six back in the Philippines, she worried about her ability to learn new things at her age. Through the support of KCR Community Resources, a connection was made with Chelsea.

At twenty, Chelsea and Lourdes are years apart in age but have built a bond based on a shared interest in music and their culture that transcends the fifty-year gap. “I call her Manang Lourdes. It is a term of respect for an older person. I never really had a grandmother growing up and she plays some of that role. I have been teaching her the basics of the ukulele; it is smaller and easier to hold. We have GivingTuesday Stories: Age Doesn't Matter - Lourdes & Chelseabeen learning how to play songs and even sang at the Christmas party here last year. Although I grew up in Canada, I have made trips to the Philippines. Lourdes’s family is from a city near where mine is from. It has helped us connect.”

Chelsea has also experienced powerful lessons from her relationship with Lourdes; lessons which will no doubt contribute to her prospective career as a nurse. “It has fueled my passion to help people, to show care, and give back. Meeting Lourdes has helped me to get out of my comfort zone and given me the gift of appreciating the things in my own life. I now better understand the value of support and the challenge of loneliness.”

Lourdes echoed the enjoyment she has found in the connection with Chelsea. “It was important to be able to learn, to play.” She praised her GivingTuesday Stories: Age Doesn't Matter - Lourdes & Chelseayoung friend, “Chelsea is so honest, giving, and intelligent – she is my good Samaritan. I think of her like my granddaughter. She is somebody to talk to, to ask questions of…I am so proud of her. I hope I can go to her graduation.”

These two women meet every week; their connection now extends beyond the ukulele lessons that brought them together initially. Coffee dates and the occasional lunch have been added and on the day we met, Chelsea had organized a surprise for Manang Lourdes – a cake to celebrate her birthday. Both want the relationship to continue and are confident that the heart connection they have developed will carry on into the future.

Donate Now to KCR to help keep these programs running.

Immigration Consulting Services

We are happy to announce KCR is now offering reduced cost immigration consulting services for low-income families and individuals. Aimee Jensen, a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, is currently preparing immigration applications for:
  • Open work permits, study permits and visitor visas
  • Family sponsorship applications
  • PR Card renewals
  • Canadian Citizenship Applications.

If you are interested in learning more about this new service and if you qualify, please contact one of our Settlement Workers at 250.763.8008.

KCR’s Community Volunteer Income Tax Clinic

KCR’s Community Volunteer Income Tax clinic is open and ready for appointments! Those with appointments are prioritized but Walk-ins are welcome depending on availability. The clinic will be open Tuesdays from 9:15 am – 10:30 am.

The Community Volunteer Income Tax clinic helps eligible taxpayers who have a modest income and a simple tax situation. Please read the full page to know if you qualify and what you will need to bring to your appointment.

A modest income is defined as:
  • Single person/up to $30,000
  • Couple/up to $40,000 (add $2,500 for each dependent)
  • One adult with one child/up to $35,000 (add $2,500 for each additional dependent)

A simple tax situation:
  • No Income or
  • Income from these sources:
    • employment
    • pension
    • benefits such as CPP, disability, CCB, EI, social assistance
    • RRSP
    • support payments
    • scholarships, fellowships, bursaries or grants
    • interest (under $1,000)

Your tax situation is not simple if you:
  • are self-employed or have employment expenses
  • have businesses or rental income and expenses
  • have capital gains or losses
  • file for bankruptcy
  • are completing a tax return for a deceased person

Please bring to your appointment:
  • Valid, government issued, photo id – Essential
  • 2017 Tax Slips – Essential
  • Receipts – Essential
  • Tax Forms
  • Copy of last year’s Income Tax Return
  • 2017 Tax Assessment

For more information or to book an appointment:
250.763.8008 ext. 221
Translate »