Mission hosts Christmas fair

Non-profit agency will hold an event Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Often overlooked by the broader community, Upper Room Mission clients have a chance to shine.

The non-profit agency will hold a Christmas craft fair Dec. 1 from 1 to 4 p.m.

“It showcases the talents of the people who come here,” said Bev Henke, street level supervisor, of artists and crafters.

“We have some amazingly talented people.”

Individuals selling their items will have an opportunity to generate revenue while a bake sale and other tables will raise funds for the mission’s activities.

The sale is another aspect of the Fresh Start program, which provides life and career skills for people looking to get back on their feet.

“We want to give people an opportunity to move forward,” said Henke.

Some individuals earn money while working around the mission, while others volunteers with the Okanagan Gleaners.

“We are trying to put people out into the community,” said Henke, adding that by developing some skills, they may  be able to find employment.

But more importantly, Fresh Start has a positive impact on how the individuals see themselves.

“They feel confident and the self-esteem goes up and there’s less time spent on drugs and on the street,” said Henke.