A Way Home Kamloops hopes to raise $250,000 in this year’s Campout to End Youth Homelessness
A Way Home Kamloops has quintupled its fundraising goal for its annual Campout to End Youth Homelessness.
The fifth annual event will take place on Dec. 10 and sees participants raise money for the agency’s programs.
Each year, campers participate by sleeping outside on a mid-December night in cardboard boxes and sleeping bags, while hearing stories from youth who have been homeless to learn what it is like.
To mark the five-year anniversary of the Campout To End Youth Homelessness and the one-year mark since the sudden death of A Way Home Kamloops founder Katherine McParland, the organization is hoping to raise $250,000 for youth housing to continue McParland’s legacy.
Proceeds from the event will directly fund A Way Home Kamloops’ youth housing first program, with a portion being set aside for programming at Katherine’s Place.
Katherine’s Place will be a supportive building with 39 units for youth ages 19 to 26 who are at-risk of or experiencing homelessness.
Once Katherine’s Place rises in the 500-block of Tranquille Road in North Kamloops, youth will be able to access wraparound supports to develop life skills while meeting their employment and education goals, both in the housing and through connections with supports in the community.
Last year, the Campout to End Youth Homelessness had a fundraising goal of $50,000 and ended up wth $150,000 being donated.
The event will follow COVID-19 provincial health guidelines.
For more information and to sign up to participate or be a sponsor, visit the event’s website: awayhomekamloops.com/campout.