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Kelowna’s Journey Home hits $1 million in funding

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March 13, 2019 - 4:09 PM

KELOWNA - In an effort to reach functional zero homeless by 2024, the Journey Home task force has grown into an independent society and has passed the $1 million mark in its effort to raise $2.7 million to fund its first five years of operation.

“We continue to work diligently to establish our goal of funding the Journey Home Society for the first five years of operation,” Central Okanagan Journey Home Society board chair Dr. Kyleen Myrah said in a media release.

Most of the original task force board continued on after delivering its report to Kelowna City Council last June to help transform it into a society.

Myrah will continue to chair the society's board along with founding board members Dave Krysko, Scott Lanigan, Diane Roy and Shane Worman. They are joined by Murray Bye, Josh Cairns, Ken Gauthier, Debbie Hubbard, Helen Jackman and Donna Jansons along with representatives from the Lived Experience Circle on Homelessness, youth advocates and a number of ex-officio organization representatives and liaisons, including Mayor Colin Basran.

For the rest of the year, the board will focus on mapping of services available in the City, including a gap analysis to determine what is missing; establish the society's  day-to-day operations; build connections with provincial and federal governments and tap into all available resources as soon as possible; and create education around who experiences homelessness in our community and why, according to the release.

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