Lisa Anderson prepares auction items for the open house at the Upper Room Mission Saturday.

Lisa Anderson prepares auction items for the open house at the Upper Room Mission Saturday.

Upper Room Mission welcomes the public

The non-profit agency is inviting the community to an open house Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.

Vernon’s Upper Room Mission is throwing the doors wide open.

The non-profit agency is inviting the community to an open house Saturday from 3 to 7 p.m.

“Many people don’t know about the mission or haven’t been here before,” said Lisa Anderson, boutique assistant manager.

“It’s a great chance to come down and see what we’re all about.”

Besides providing three meals weekdays to residents in need, the mission provides outreach programs, including Fresh Start, which focuses on health, finances, relationships, self-esteem and life goals.

Awareness is the main focus of the open house but the event will also help raise funds to install a sprinkler system. About $23,000 is still needed.

Anderson and others involved with the mission have been putting together a silent auction table.

“There will be local art and items from businesses,” said Anderson.

Among the auction items are two cakes from Sweet Caroline’s Bakery and jewelry from Cotton’s Chocolates.

Save-On Foods will host a barbecue and there will be a variety of entertainment, including vocalist Katja Burnett and pianist Brandon Schmor.

There will also be lots for fun for children as the activities include a five-cent candy table and a fish pond.

“We want this to be a real family event,” said Anderson.

Artists and businesses wanting to be involved in the open house are still being sought.

For more information, drop by the Upper Room Mission at 3403 27th Ave. or call 250-549-1231.