Blue House Recovery Society
Blue House dinners have become a regular part of life for the residents. Creating family style dinners for the group is a great way to provide a homey atmosphere and for people to become better acquainted. Gardening is good for the soul and nutritious meals are paramount to recovery. Residents gain new skills with kitchen prep.
Huge thanks to Big Yellow Bag for providing soil for our garden boxes! Playing in the dirt is good for your soul!
Beta Sigma Phi
Kamloops Chapter Laureate Alpha Nu
Thank you for assisting us with our Seniors' Programs!
We were able to distribute grocery store gift cards to the Better at Home program, as well as St. Vincent de Paul for their programs with seniors' lunches and to hand out where needed.
Rotary Club of Kamloops Family Dinners
Who's the boss now?!
Volunteer Barb preparing strawberries
Tom making magic at the stove
Who doesn't love fresh green beans?
Thank you Rotary Club of Kamloops for your donation
to our Kamloops Reach general programs!
What's Happening at The Mustard Seed
Thanks New Afton Mine!
Renata assisted us in obtaining a grant to purchase supplies for healthy, nutritious meals.
Thanks Matt for giving your time, and your heart, to this important program.
Gathering to share nutritious meals helps with recovery and is good for the soul.
Musical Healing | Partnership with The Mustard Seed
Musical Healing | Partnership with The Mustard Seed
Kamloops Reach begins its Musical Healing program this month, bringing instruments, music, and soulful vibes to men living in recovery, through the Mustard Seed Men's Recovery Program. We couldn't have done it without the generosity of our volunteers and local businesses, who donated instruments including a keyboard, guitars, drums, bongos, and of course, a cowbell! Thanks everyone!
We'll also be serving a hearty, homemade meal, complete with dessert - cuz music makes ya hungry.
If you'd like to donate to this fantastic program, please click the Donate button at the top of this page.
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A Blast From the Past
A big thank you to the kind folks at Quilts Etc who donated 12 lovely fleece throws that were lovingly given to some very appreciative people!
Our volunteers package individual one week supplies of vitamins that we hand out to anyone who wants them. We distributed 341 packages in December!
BOOKS FOR DEMENTIA PATIENTS
We had news that dementia patients from a local care facility enjoy books written for young people. We bought 4 Robert Munsch books for them to add to their library.
GIVING IS CARING
We had some lovely donations this month, including many, many boxes of chocolates donated by Denise, from Remax, for us to include in our Christmas meal. Purdy's chocolates are such a treat for our guests!
100 WOMEN WHO CARE
This group has been raising funds to support non-profit charities in the Thompson Nicola Regional District since November 2014.
Their funds have supported organizations that are devoting their energies to passionately advocating for and helping the hungry, needy, and those with a serious health crisis.
These wonderful women have chosen us as one of their charities! Their donation of $8500. has enabled us to help 49 people make their Christmases a bit brighter. This included 10 seniors with the Better at Home program, four families through Kamloops Immigrant Services, and families at Lii Michif Otipemisiwak (LMO).
A program partnering with Manshadi Pharmacy
Many people in our society cannot afford needed and often life-saving medications. We're here to fill gaps that are not being addressed. This is a big one!
Kamloops Reach has partnered with Manshadi Pharmacy to help alleviate this issue. This cost-sharing partnership will help to see that many people who would otherwise walk out, having heard the cost of needed treatments, can actually walk out with what they need in their hands!
If you would like to donate to this initiative, please head over to our Donations Page. In the subject line, indicate that it's for the PharmaReach program.
We're Here to Help
President Lynne presented a donation to Kamloops Immigrant Services
The CMHA Clubhouse requested Rick from PIT Stop, and Lynne visit them to give a talk about Kamloops Reach and PIT Stop. They were unaware of the services and supports that are provided by these two groups.
December 21st and 22nd were spent helping the Salvation Army cook their Christmas dinner for their food truck. They were overwhelmed with providing not only all of Kamloops food hampers, but Merritt as well.
Lynne, Christine and volunteers prepared a beautiful Christmas dinner for our guests.
Thanks to Gary's European Sausage, SaveOn, and Freshco for the hams.
We are fortunate to have the resources to help people on days when we're not offering a community meal. Any time we have leftover food, we make meals for the freezer. When there is a knock on the kitchen door, or someone comes to the church in need of food or clothing, someone is always available to help, whether it be office staff, a custodian, or one of us working in the kitchen. The donations we receive enable us to do this. Thank you to everyone who helps!