From helping parents navigate the terrible twos to supporting seniors with age-related issues, the Family Resource Centre helps to promote the wellbeing of individuals and families.
But it can’t do it without some extra financial support, and it’s hoping that the holiday season will inspire those who can give to support the centre and its programs.
“We’re trying to come up with a regular donor base to allow us to play with the big boys,” said executive director Jan Schulz. “We are still the best-kept secret in town.”
The FRC is beginning a brand-new mail-out campaign this week, where 5,000 postcards will be sent to select postal codes throughout the North Okanagan. The two-sided cards describe the work of the centre, and how donations can be made. Schulz gives thanks to the Kalamalka Rotary Club, for providing the funding to get this campaign under way, as well as Wayside Press for its help with the cards.
“In conjunction with that, we have revamped our Web site and we’re hoping by the end of the week we’ll have a donor button where people can click and donate, to allow people to be part of us and to help support our many services,” said Schulz. “We can certainly earmark funds for specific programs, although we’d prefer to distribute donations where they’re needed the most.”
Currently, the Interior Health Authority funds a number of programs. Other funds come from the Ministry of Children and Family Development, the Ministry of Public Safety, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the United Way. Other funds come through donations and gaming.
“But we still have programs that are not funded by any of these groups and of course there’s never enough funding in general. Demand for our services is higher than ever, and we’re asked to do more with less.”
The centre has a staff of 24, not all full-time, as well as many volunteers who give their time to a number of programs, including the board of directors. The FRC offers a wide variety of programs, including post-partum depression counselling and support, sexual abuse recovery for women and for men, healthy families and Parenting Isn’t Easy.
“Adult counselling and family support are the two biggest programs and sadly, we have to have waiting lists for both programs.
“It scares me because we will get more clients and less help and we are trying to build a healthy community. The government does not understand that what we do is prevention — if we keep people healthy, they will not end up in emergency at the hospital, they will not end up in jail cells. We are cheap in the grand scheme of things.”
For more information, see www.vernonfrc.ca