The sound of businesses speaking up about the homelessness issue in Kelowna keeps getting louder, and it promises to be one of the primary talking points of the municipal election campaign leading up to Oct. 20.
Kelowna’s Gospel Mission would like businesses to know they can do something about the issue before they head to the ballot box. They can get involved and sponsor a program that will aid in the fight against homelessness.
“I would like to see companies come on board and actually take ownership of these programs,” Gospel Mission director of development Mike Morrison says.
The first program in which Morrison is looking for sponsorship is outreach, where Kelowna’s Gospel Mission staff move about the city, offering services to the homeless and inviting them to come to the shelter.
“I feel that businesses would be keen to support and sponsor a program that helps the homeless who are just outside their doorstep,” Morrison says. “They can be a part of the solution. Homelessness is in the eyes of the whole community, and it is only increasing. We’re just a piece of it, but we’re the piece that has been there for the last 40 years."
The second sponsorship opportunity is with the Gospel’s dental program. It would help not only the homeless but the city’s underprivileged as well.
“This is an exciting program and reaches further than the homeless. We help a portion of our community that cannot afford dental care,” Morrison says. “It’s a program that not only assists our guests, but it’s great because it also covers the whole city. There’s a lot of people that don’t have dental coverage.”
The final focus for Kelowna’s Gospel Mission is their women’s supportive housing, which it has been running for more than 22 years.
“This program is focused on the recovery needs of women in crisis,” Morrison says. “It’s a program that leads to independent lives.”
To sponsor a program, visit Kelowna's Gospel Mission sponsorship page.