Helping addicts recover

One of Vernon's best-known families has made it possible for people to beat addiction.

Kelly Fehr, with the John Howard Society, said a $220,000 from the Foord family has made it possible to open a recovery centre in Vernon.

Fehr said in 2013, the Foord family noticed there were often homeless camps on some of the property owned by Kal Tire, a company started in Vernon by Tom Foord which now has dozens of outlets nationwide.

Through the ongoing dialogue with the family, Fehr explained, a lot of the challenges homeless people face are addiction issues and that there are not enough sober living facilities in the city.

“They wanted to partner with us,” said Fehr, adding that desire helped lay the groundwork for the opening of a 10-bed sober living facility next to Bill's Place, an addictions recovery home.

“We will be putting our first client in there this evening,” Fehr said Tuesday.

Recovering addicts will be able to live at the facility for a year, or longer if necessary. Fehr said providing recovering addicts with a safe place is vital to staying sober.

Tenants will be charged $375, which is what they get from assistance for a housing allowance.

Those living in the house will be able to take advantage of a variety of programs including peer mentoring.

Because the sober living house is not funded, Fehr said, without the donation from the Foord family, it would not have been possible.

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