The Bridge Recovery House receives $50,000 from Sunrise Rotary

$50K donation for Bridge

The Bridge Youth and Family Services has received a $50,000 cheque from The Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise.

The donation will support the construction of the Okanagan Youth Recovery House, which will help people under the age of 19 who are struggling with addiction. 

British Columbia currently has fewer than 50 publicly funded beds for youth treatment and within the Okanagan there are no facility-based options for people under the age of 17. 

The Sunrise Rotary had committed funds from the 2019 Interior Savings Sunrise Rotary RibFest and had planned to support The Bridge through the 2020 event, but had to cancel due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funds from the Sunrise Rotary will go towards phase one of the project to retrofit and renovate a building that is already owned by The Bridge. Once The Bridge meets their fundraising goal of 1 million, The Bridge will be able to provide six youth treatment beds to at risk youth. 

“This donation has been in the works for many months. The Bridge has now found a contractor and we are so excited to see construction almost ready to take place. We hope to be part of a hands-on project at the site over the summer or early fall” says Susan McIntyre, president of the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise. 

The Bridge relies on grants, private donations and community fundraising. To donate click here.

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