Published August 17, 2017 17:41
Trinity Church has supported children, youth, and families at Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs by providing containers of soup through their Bowl of Plenty program.
One of the soup recipients from Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs was an immigrant family with three teenage boys. One of the teenagers has autism and can only attend school part time. Resources were tight as the father searched for a job that required his skill set. The Bowl of Plenty program helped the family during this period.
Another recipient was a teenage girl struggling with mental health and addiction. Her dad died when she was a young teen and her mom was unable to care for her. Soups from the Bowl of Plenty program kept this teen coming back to our Youth Centre so staff could touch base and develop a non-judgemental relationship with her.
“An important part of giving kids, youth, and families a safe place to belong is supporting their basic needs,” said Diane Entwistle, CEO of Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. “When basic needs like food security are met, people can focus on their goals and work towards a great future.”
Soups from the program were also used to supplement snacks in our after school programs. This reduced costs and allowed us to purchase items like crafts and new toys. Hygiene products were also purchased for our Youth Centres.
Trinity Church supported other organizations in addition to Okanagan Boys and Girls Clubs. We are incredibly grateful to Trinity Church for their hard work and service to the community. We know they will continue to do amazing work in the community for years to come.