A million journeys home

The Central Okanagan Journey Home Society is closing in on the halfway mark in its goal of raising $2.7 million to fund its operations for the next five years.

The society announced this week it has raised a little more than $1 million.

Monies raised will fund administration and operations of the society as it strives to reach "functional zero" of homelessness by 2024.

“We continue to work diligently to establish our goal of funding the Journey Home Society for the first five years of operation,” says Dr. Kyleen Myrah, chair of the society.

The society has also added six new members to its board.

New members include Murray Bye, Josh Cairns, Ken Gauthier, Debbie Hubbard, Helen Jackman and Donna Jansons.

They join founding board members Dave Krysko, Scott Lanigan, Diane Roy, Shane Worman and Chair of the Board, Dr. Kyleen Myrah, representatives from the Lived Experience Circle on Homelessness, youth advocates and a number of ex-officio organization representatives and liaisons, including Mayor Colin Basran. 

“The Society received an overwhelming response from the community to its call for board members,” says Gaelene Askeland, Executive Director of COJHS.

The society says it will focus on a thorough mapping of services available, including a gap analysis of what is missing through the balance of the year.

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