Mario Borba didn’t come to Kamloops looking for a job.
His first visit was to evaluate the programs at The Mustard Seed and offer suggestions on where improvements could be made.
It was two days later that the job of managing director was offered to Borba, giving him the opportunity to implement the improvements to the local programs he had suggested.
He is excited about the opportunity.
“What people see as challenges, I see as opportunities,” Borba said. “And there are a lot of opportunities.”
The Mustard Seed is one of the four organizations being helped with money from this year’s KTW Christmas Cheer Fund.
Borba said that most of the funds will likely be used in the programs being offered in the day room,or to help supply the kitchen with its vital ingredients.
The Mustard Seed kitchen at 181 West Victoria St. is where much of 2018’s Christmas Cheer Fund money was spent.
Jocelyn Edwards, grant writer and prospect researcher for the organization, wrote in a letter to KTW: “Because of your contribution, we have been able to continue operating our meal program at an optimal level, serving hearty, homemade lunches seven days per week. In 2018, we served a total of 367,000 meals. This year, we expect to serve at least the same number, if not more.”
The funding also went toward upgrades in the kitchen including an industrial-sized coffee maker, a gas stock pot range and a convection oven.
The kitchen will continue to provide meals to those in need, but Borba sees more programs on the horizon.
There are plans to once again open the upstairs semi-supportive sober living program and create social enterprise programs where they can employ their own clients.
This would be through projects like re-opening the thrift store or through a janitorial business.
Borba said these sorts of opportunities help transition clients to regular employment by giving them opportunities to work within a system that will be more understanding and supportive of their needs.
The Mustard Seed is always looking for volunteers to help keep programs running. According to Borba, the agency desperately needs a dentist and is looking for anyone with professional services they can offer, such as electricians and construction workers.
Donations of materials and ongoing financial support is also welcome.
In addition, donations of blankets are being accepted to support its temporary shelter that will open on Nov. 27.
Those interested in helping The Mustard Seed can call 250-434-9898.
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THANK YOU, DONORS!
• BC Old Time Fiddlers’ Association: $100
• Ron and Susan Durant: $100
• In memory of Pat Liddy: $20
• In memory of my brothers, Andrew and Joe Liddy: $20
• John and Val Kemp: $100
• Darren, Sharlene and Kyle McIlwain: $158
• Marg Clements: $100
• Anonymous: $100
• Anonymous: $20
• Anonymous: $125
• Passion for the Fashion Show: $194.85
• The Posse: $200
• Amy Regen: $100
TOTAL TO DATE: $1,337.85
KTW is hosting its annual KTW Christmas Cheer fundraising dinner on Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m., at the The Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge, downtown at 369 Victoria St.
Tickets are $25 and include a chicken, pasta and salad dinner, along with door prizes and a silent auction.
To buy a ticket to this worthy cause, call 250-374-7467.