June 10, 2015 - 1:14 PM
KAMLOOPS - The New Life Mission has been serving the community of Kamloops and the surrounding area since 1980. In that time, the organization has been a place of refuge for thousands who are hurting, homeless and hungry. There have been numerous sad moments, but also moments of absolute joy when a family reconnects, an addict gets clean and sober, and hope is restored in the lives of individuals. Now, that work has been expanded.
“We’ve always promoted our organization as open, available, and life changing,” Stan Dueck, Executive Director of the New Life Mission says. “Now with expanded hours of operation at our Mission and being open seven days a week, we are even more open and available with increased opportunities to help change lives. This is exciting for our team.”
The New Life Mission is more than a mission though. The traditional “mission” part of the organization works to provide a safe haven where anyone can visit over a cup of coffee or a meal, providing needed nourishment to those who may not otherwise receive it. In the same building is the Health Centre, offering access to health professionals like street nurses and dentists. Additionally, there’s a chapel for church services and art classes, a hair salon, Men’s Recovery facility, a clothing area to provide essentials, and a computer repair/refurbish centre which not only employs people, but generates income for the organization.
“There’s so much that goes on within our building seven days a week, not to mention our thrift store Thrift City on Seymour Street,” Stan says.
But with increased services comes the need for increased community support.
“Many people think that those who are less fortunate have it tougher in the winter with the cold and snow. Although winters are indeed tough, summer, with the mosquitoes and the days of extreme heat, can be tough as well,” he says. “The tough thing is that we find that the New Life Mission and our services are off people’s radar for summer donations. Since we operate year round, we need the support year round too.”
The New Life Mission has launched its summer campaign CARE FOR KAMLOOPS and it is looking to the community to provide support, either a onetime donation or monthly support for June, July and August.
“We want people to know that even a $10 donation is great because every little bit does truly help us.”
To learn more about the New Life Mission’s Summer Campaign, visit www.newlifemission.ca.
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