April 27, 2016 - 12:00 PM
KELOWNA - With a new strategic plan in place, one of Kelowna’s most-needed resources for people experiencing homelessness is taking another big step forward with news that Jan Schulz will serve as the Executive Director of Inn from the Cold (IFTC) Kelowna.
The board announced Schulz’s appointment on April 18th, 2016.
“IFTC felt ready to hire our first ever permanent Executive Director to lead our organization,” says Mark Dixon, Inn from the Cold President. “Our board, staff and volunteers have recently completed our 2016 to 2021 Strategic Plan and we are pleased to have a permanent leader in place to help us fulfill this plan to strengthen our programs, services and financial stability.”
Schulz brings a wealth of experience to the organization. She was the Executive Director of the Family Resource Centre Society for the North Okanagan in Vernon, and brings more than 20 years experience in business, human resources and non-profit-sector management.
“There is currently a heightened awareness of the challenges faced by the homeless sector with recent action plans to create affordable housing through the Housing First Initiative. Inn from the Cold’s new Strategic Plan fully supports this initiative and I look forward to working with our partners in the sector and the City of Kelowna to help address homelessness in our community,” explains Schulz.
In 1999, IFTC Kelowna opened its first shelter in church basements. Today IFTC offers six program streams to the most vulnerable members of the community. Services include a winter emergency shelter, outreach and case management support, Inn-Home support and advocacy, Chandler House which provides eight men with a home following the Housing First philosophy, a Free Store and the Kelowna Kodiaks soccer team.
Inn from the Cold is committed to developing permanent solutions to address homelessness in the community. Visit www.innfromthecoldkelowna.org or phone 250-448-6403 for more information about programs and services or to get involved with the organization.
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