Summit Financial’s Angie Kornelius (from left), Carla Longstaff, Scott Landgraff, Jodi Jenkins, Wendy Halcro, Greg Mussenden and Corrie Bauml cheers the warm donation of $1,000 to Cera Brown for the Upper Room Mission. The funds, from Summit’s Jean Day Friday contributions, came in just in time for the URM to purchase a new coffee machine after theirs broke. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Donation perks up Vernon’s Upper Room Mission

Summit Financial contribution perfect timing as coffee maker breaks down

After a long, cold night braving the elements, a hot cup of coffee can warm the soul for those living on the streets.

So it was heartbreaking for staff and clients at the Upper Room Mission after one of the most well-used appliances recently broke down: their coffee maker.

“It’s so cold out and people just want coffee all day,” said Cera Brown at the URM. “They’ve been outside all night.”

See related: Vernon homeless numbers rise

Instant coffee was served for a while as the URM wondered how it would replace the industrial machine that so many relied on.

Thankfully, a call from a local business with a $1,000 donation couldn’t have come at a better time.

Summit Financial staff had been raising money all year with their Jean Day Friday initiative and had a cheque ready for the Upper Room Mission.

“So with Summit, and we worked a deal with Canterbury, we were able to serve coffee again,” said Brown.

Summit staff were delighted to hear that the donation came at a perfect time.

“The people need coffee just to get going in the morning and warmed up,” said Summit’s Angie Kornelius.

See also: Fundraiser succeeds in bringing wagons to Vernon’s homeless

Coffee is actually one of the items most sought after but rarely donated to the URM. Therefore those interested in warming some of the community’s most vulnerable this winter are urged to donate coffee.


@VernonNews
jennifer@vernonmorningstar.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

First win for longtime New Westminster skip

Donna Mychaluk wins BC Senior Women’s Curling crown after five runner-up finishes

Vernon protest draws close to 40 people

Earth Strike Vernon holds peaceful rally in support of Wet’suwet’en people and land

North Okanagan Knights drop playoff preview

Kelowna Chiefs hold on for 3-2 KIJHL victory; best-of-seven series starts Friday in Rutland

Vernon gas station lowers price nearly 20 cents/litre

Super Save Gas at 25th Avenue and 43rd Street selling regular gasoline at $1.09.9

Vernon’s Fulton Maroons fall in Valley final; earn berth to B.C.’s

Princess Margaret Mustangs of Penticton beat Fulton in Senior Boys AA Basketball final

VIDEO: 2020 BC Winter Games wrap up in Fort St. John as torch passes to Maple Ridge

More than 1,000 athletes competed in the 2020 BC Winter Games

First win, fifth win highlight BC Senior Curling finals

Donna Mychaluk wins first title after finishing second five times; Wes Craig takes fifth crown

Still six cases of COVID-19 in B.C. despite reports of Air Canada passenger: ministry

Health ministry wouldn’t comment on specific flight routes

Violent ends to past Indigenous protests haunt Trudeau government

Trudeau adopted a more assertive tone Friday, insisting the barricade must come down

Kelowna Firefighters douse suspicious hedge fire

A 30’ section of cedar hedge burned prompting an RCMP investigation.

Kelowna RCMP make arrest in fatal stabbing of 16-year-old Elijah Beauregard

An 18-year-old woman is in police custody facing a manslughter charge.

HIGHLIGHTS: Day one and two at the 2020 BC Winter Games

Athletes had sunny – but cold – weather to work with in Fort St. John

Most Read