HELP CHANGE THE STORY
Together we can build a life-changing program for youth struggling with addiction.
There are fewer than 50 publicly funded substance use treatment beds for youth in all of BC. Just four of those beds are designated for our community’s young people, between the ages of 17 to 24, and there are NO beds available to children under 17.
At The Bridge, we have supported children as young as 13 through our Youth Withdrawal Management program. Here, they spend a mere 15 days housed with us. Many return to poverty, homelessness, and life on the streets.
Phase 1 will see us retrofitting and renovating a building already owned by The Bridge, offering a space of solace, healing and recovery to 6 young people in the very near future. Thanks to the generous commitment of $50,000 by the Rotary Club of Kelowna Sunrise, the process of renovating the building has begun. Additional funds raised will be utilized for operating costs.
The campaign to establish a Youth Recovery House is not to build on what is otherwise available in the Central Okanagan. We are not expanding services this is a net new service. There is not a reasonable contingency in the absence of this project moving forward. Young people and their families will continue to have no local option for live in substance use treatment.
At any given time in this community, as many as 10 youth are languishing on wait lists for admission to the fewer than 50 publicly funded substance use treatment beds located elsewhere in the province. If we don’t act this will not change.
This lack of access wastes fleeting moments of courage, and places these young people at significant risk. The lack of local resources undermines their potential for recovery - compelling them to move away from their natural supports and from the communities and families who love them, and have raised them. This is not best practice clinically and our families deserve better.
In the absence of treatment, these young people with highly complex needs are made more vulnerable. They are at increased risk of homelessness, exploitation, and death. Families without the resources to send young people to private funded treatment - at a cost of $15,000 per month - are left feeling frustrated, powerless and in severe distress. The impact on the community is negative, and profound.