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Kelowna addiction treatment centre for youth gets $30K anonymous donation

A rendering of the proposed Youth Recovery House is pictured in this photo submitted by The Bridge Youth and Family Services. The Central Okanagan non-profit has received a $30,000 anonymous donation.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED / The Bridge Youth and Family Services
March 31, 2020 - 1:45 PM

A Central Okanagan non-profit group that has plans to operate an addiction treatment facility for youth has received a huge donation from an anonymous donor.

The Bridge Youth and Family Services in Kelowna has received an anonymous $30,000 donation and will use the money to fund the Youth Recovery House project for youth under 19 who are battling addiction, according to a media release.

“There have been no recent additions to the province’s meagre inventory of youth treatment beds and, Kelowna, sadly continues to have no local resource for these highly vulnerable and at-risk children and youth,” executive director Celine Thompson said in the release.  “They continue to languish on wait lists for space to become available in Vancouver, Prince George or out of province.”

The group says B.C. has less than 50 publicly-funded youth treatment beds, and in the Okanagan there are no "facility-based treatment" options for young people under 17 years of age.

Bridge will put the windfall towards the first phase of the recovery house project, a six-bed treatment program, and will continue to apply for grants and seek private donations for the financial resources needed to pent the facility.

If you would like to donate to the Youth Recovery House project go here.

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