Katherine McParland, executive director for A Way Home Kamloops, practises physical distancing while receiving a $15,000 donation from Rob Lemire of the BC Interior Community Foundation.
The donation is part of a total of $154,580 that has been donated by the foundation to charities across the region that address the needs of vulnerable and at-risk populations.
A Way Home Kamloops will use the money to support a COVID-19 specific youth housing outreach worker that will allow for double the intake of youth and help mitigate triple the critical incidents. It will also provide more mental-health care as there has been a significant increase in substance use and overdoses, which means a need for more after-hours and crisis support.
A Way Home Kamloops is an organization that works to end youth homelessness.