In 1977, a few students from Okanagan Bible School visited Kelowna City Park weekly, offering coffee and conversation to park visitors. As winter approached there was an apparent need to shield vulnerable community members from the cold. The students opened a drop-in centre that grew to be Kelowna’s Gospel Mission Society in 1978.
By 1985, we had a soup kitchen, a new emergency shelter, and the thrift store. With this foundation, we are able to advance in our mission to lead our community from homelessness into wholeness. Kelowna’s Gospel Mission’s Thrift Store creates job and volunteer opportunities, fosters community and purpose, and provides hope to those who are restarting their lives by making goods more accessible. It is also an avenue of empowerment and dignity, in that people who have been downtrodden have the chance to feel pride in purchasing their own items with their own hard-earned money. It is also another way for us to make a little extra income to put towards our programs.
The Thrift Store has an ever-changing assortment of quality furniture and appliances, as well as clothing, bedding, linens, kitchen and other household items.