Kelowna Gospel Mission holding hiring fair in advance of shelter opening

Mission in need of workers

The Kelowna Gospel Mission is on a hiring spree as it pushes to open the a new shelter at the former BC Tree Fruits packinghouse on Bay Avenue.

The non-profit is hosting a job fair at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship Church at 3714 Gordon Drive, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

The fair will be offering onsite interviews for eight different positions ranging from caseworkers, outreach workers, resident support workers and protection services officers. There are a total of 22 openings to fill.

“We are hosting a job fair to fill in positions for our outreach and shelter programs. These programs cater to the most marginalized and vulnerable population. We are anxious to open our new shelter and hope to have it running before the really cold weather hits. The shelter will be coed and provide beds for 60 people who may otherwise have no alternatives other than to sleep outside,” said Mylene Garcia, director of housing and programs, Kelowna’s Gospel Mission.

“It is important for our residents to have the right people for the positions available. It is our goal to ensure that no-one is left out in the cold this winter. Being fully staffed is vital to ensure the safety of our residents, our community, and our staff.”

The new shelter is a replacement for the former location at 550 Doyle Avenue, which is being developed into UBC Okanagan's downtown campus.

Garcia says they still have not taken possession of the new shelter space on Bay Avenue, as BC Housing is still finishing renovations. Garcia says they don’t have a timeline on when it will open, but they hope it will be as soon as possible.

The majority of the positions available at the job fair, but not all, are related to the Bay Avenue shelter. If you can't make the job fair, you can apply online here.

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