This chapter is seeking a local coordinator! Click here to learn more about the role and apply.
Thank you to everyone who supported our Virtual Shoebox Drive in 2020! We are so grateful that we were able to provide gifts to local women impacted by homelessness during this particularly difficult time.
The drive is now over until next holiday season, but you can support our efforts all year long!
Here's how you can help in the off-season:
Cette année, nous nous sommes tous sentis isolés, et en particulier les femmes dans les refuges. Remplir une Boîte à chaussures peut sembler différent cette année, mais son impact est le même.
Créez une Boîte à chaussures virtuelle et en quelques minutes, vous rappellerez à une femme touchée par l’itinérance qu’elle est appréciée et que quelqu’un se sent concerné par son bien-être.
In 2014, it's estimated that 1,160 people were experiencing hidden homelessness in Kamloops.
In one 2014 survey, 63% of those experiencing homelessness in Kamloops said they can't find an affordable place to live.
The Centre for Applied Research in Mental Health and Addiction estimated that a 23% of Aboriginal people in B.C. are absolutely homeless, and another 41% are at-risk of homelessness
Elizabeth Fry Society of Kamloops
Eway Kamloops Youth Housing
First Steps Program
Kamloops Sexual Assault Counselling Centre
Y Emergency Woman’s Shelter
Hi, we are Marisa and Taylor Bertoli, your Kamloops Chapter Shoebox coordinators. As sisters we are a devoted duo, and we are united for a cause! As sisters: we recognize the power of unconditional support, acceptance, and compassion offered by someone who cares. To know that there is someone always on your side, provides a sense of assurance that enables optimism to shine through, even in the most challenging of times. Sometimes, it takes someone else's perspective to show you the light that you may not see in yourself. As women: we know that when women are empowered we all benefit collectively. The impact of women has a ripple effect that reaches all members of society and it is shared through generations. We believe that this cause is the first droplet that will eventually make waves. As members of the community: Philanthropic initiatives have built our subjectivity around what a true community can accomplish. When the weight of adversity is taken off one and is dispersed among many, a foundation of resiliency can be built and families can go back to enjoying the simplicities of life, such as the holiday season. As employees of Abbott Wealth Management: We are grateful to have the opportunity to be supported by such a gracious organization who has been recognized as a recipient of the Kamloops Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award. Abbott Wealth Management shares the same values as we do and has given us the platform to be able to participate in this annual cause the past and for many years to come.