As the non-profit agency struggles to meet fundraising goal for an upcoming event, A Way Home Kamloops was at the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12, asking for a financial donation.
A Way Home Kamloops executive director Katherine McParland told the board the organization is $15,000 short of a $50,000 fundraising goal for its annual overnight Campout to End Youth Homelessness, which takes place on Friday, Dec. 13.
The event at McDonald Park on the North Shore sees volunteers sleep overnight outside, while collecting pledges for the cause, Money raised goes toward Safe Suites, housing for homeless young people, the first building of which opened this week.
McParland said 25 per cent of 136 young people experiencing homelessness in 2018 moved to the Kamloops in the past year.
“Our youth count committee believe that many of these youth are from the surrounding regions and re-located to Kamloops or many reasons, including perhaps the wildfires or in search of more supports,” a report from the non-profit to the board states.
No further information could be provided, such as whether those young people were coming from within the regional district or from the Lower Mainland.
The TNRD will consider the delegation request at a meeting in the new year. A Way Home’s monetary request was open-ended, soliciting any amount possible.
To donate to this year’s event, go online to awayhomekamloops.com/camp-out-2019.
Editor's note: The amount raised and amount needed to hit the $50,000 goal has been corrected in this article. The original story stated A Way Home Kamloops had raised $15,000 of its $50,000 goal. In fact, the organization has raised $35,000 of its $50,000 goal.