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Saturday BBQ held to raise awareness of homelessness struggles in the summer

Kelowna's Gospel Mission wants to remind the public of the struggles the homeless face in the summer. In addition to the smoke, extreme temperatures raise a risk to the homeless population.
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August 04, 2017 - 6:30 PM

KELOWNA - While people continue to enjoy summer activities, Kelowna’s Gospel Mission wants to remind the public that the homeless are still struggling.

The Gospel Mission is holding a “Homelessness is No Picnic” barbecue on Saturday, August 5, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Jubilee Grandstands in Kelowna City Park.

“Summer in the Okanagan is a fun, happy time for most people,” said Randy Benson, Kelowna’s Gospel Mission’s executive director in a press release. “Our homeless people, however struggle to find suitable, affordable housing in a time where the rental market is extremely competitive. We invite our friends to come together, have a burger and get to know their community members.”

With the extreme heat that Okanagan summers are known for, the homeless are at-risk of severe sunburn, dehydration and heatstroke. Additionally, this year, the lingering smoke poses a threat to those who spend time outdoors. 

Gordon Food Services is providing the food for this event.

To donate or volunteer with Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, visit or call 250-763-3737.

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