We are happy to report that many worthy organizations presented applications for these funds and continue to do very valuable work in our community. As a church community, we are blessed to support 5 organizations with funding. Read on to learn more about these recipients.
Feed the Streets exists to provide basic human needs for the vulnerable street people in Vernon when other organizations experience a gap in service. Feed the streets began in November 2018 providing hot meals on weekends when the Upper Room Mission was closed. During the peak of Covid, they expanded to serving hot meals 7 days a week. A warming bus was started during a cold snap in February 2021 to provide a safe and warm space for street people who could not secure accommodations at a shelter. Their grant will be used to provide hot meals on holidays when the Upper Room Mission is closed as well as provide cold weather clothing and gear.
The Upper Room Mission Day Shelter is an essential program in our community which provides a welcoming, safe, and supportive environment to the unsheltered, marginalized, and vulnerable in the community of Vernon, BC. Between 70-100 guests access their drop-in services each day and have access to hot meals, showers, clothing, laundry facilities, community resources and fellowship. Their grant will be used for their food security program which alleviates hunger in the community.
Eagle Bay Camp is an Alliance Camp in the Shuswap that believes every person is uniquely created in the image of God and given a special purpose and calling in this life. It is their mission to communicate God's love and forgiving grace through Jesus Christ, so that everyone could know this truth and develop into his/her leadership potential. Their grant will be used to sponsor children for summer camp and the upgrading of a new heat pump and the replacement of docks for the waterfront.
The medical transportation funds program provides financial assistance to individuals in financial need with the cost of transportation to and from medical appointments. They believe that individuals should not have to miss medical appointments because they cannot afford the cost of transportation. Their grant will enable those individuals living in or near poverty the ability to care of their health needs by providing transportation to attend medical appointments.
The North Okanagan Youth and Family Service Society provides a broad range of social programs reflecting the dynamic needs of our community that strengthen, nurture, & protect the health & development of children, youth, and families in the North Okanagan. Their grant will be used to serve youth at risk and the young parents program by providing a Christmas Dinner/Party as well as gifts for these young people that are not connected to their families this Christmas Season.
Vernon Alliance Church has an exciting opportunity for organizations that serve our community by reducing conditions of poverty to vulnerable populations.
Vernon Alliance has developed a new Community Initiative Funding stream to support community organizations that serve vulnerable populations with Christian camps, hospital chaplaincy, health, social services, or education mandates. This new process began in September 2022 to ensure transparency and equity in distribution of funds. The completed application is required prior to the distribution of any funding to organizations, groups or societies.
Access to this funding is available twice per year. The next funding deadline is February 28, 2023. Applicants may run the risk of funding being depleted if waiting until the second intake deadline.
Links to the application and the report form are available below.
Any questions should be forwarded to Kelly Johnson, Director of Operations.
Phone: 250-545-7105 ext. 107