2012 Central Okanagan Foundation,
Volunteer Organization of the Year Recipient
Karis Support Society
‘Love in Action,’ that’s the vision statement at Karis Support Society. Born out of the heart felt desire to create a positive change for women and their children caught in the cracks of addiction or mental illness, they have been providing that support and much more for the past seven years.
The dream turned into a reality with the opening of the Bernard House and was soon followed by several other facilities, each specializing to give help where it was needed most – whether due to pregnancy and addiction, mental illness or learning how to live independently.
Karis now operates 17 homes in the Kelowna area. In 2012, over 1500 hours were logged by their community of volunteers. At any time, up to 50 women who otherwise would be living on the streets are receiving life skills training, counseling, art therapy, dance and music programs along with other self-esteem boosters such as pedicures and manicures. The arts have been an integral part in the healing journey of many of the clients, with both dance and art theory courses available.