2013 Central Okanagan Foundation,
Volunteer Organization of the Year Recipient
Some would say it was a chance encounter but others would argue it was God at work connecting the dots. Either way, when two men met at the May 2002 Mayor’s Leadership Prayer Breakfast, it soon led to discussions over coffee, the brainstorming among friends and eventually, to the opening of Freedom’s Door.
Offering a safe and clean nonjudgmental environment for men seeking recovery from addiction, Freedom’s Door opened their first safe house back in September 2002 and began offering a 90 day recovery program that includes 20 hours a week of recovery related group education as well as one on one mentoring, followed by a 12-step program, life skills and then reintegration back into society’s main stream.
Fast-forward ahead to today and you’ll find that Freedom’s Door now comprises of five homes in Kelowna. In 2013, they helped 160 men work through their recovery program, served 54,000 meals to those in need and provided year round housing to 50 men. Their clients also gave back to the community, volunteering over 1500 hours of service.
To date, over 1000 men have stepped through Freedom’s Door, walking back into the light with renewed faith and hope for a better future