Kamloops Ram’s Donation Supports Women’s Health, Wellness and Advocacy Services
Kamloops, B.C. – Christmas came early for The Mustard Seed staff, volunteers and guests on Wednesday morning, as Kamloops Ram donated $50,000 toward supporting vulnerable women in the homeless community. This one-time gift is the largest non-government donation in the history of the Kamloops non-profit, and it will all stay local to do great work.
“Today is an incredibly special day for all of us at The Mustard Seed Kamloops,” said Kelly Thomson, Managing Director of The Mustard Seed Kamloops. “I speak on behalf of our staff, volunteers and guests to say how blessed and thankful we are to accept this donation from Kamloops Ram. Dealer Principal Jason DeBlois and his team have given us a gift that will dramatically enhance what we do to help care for the health, wellness, and advocacy services for women in our community. Thank you, Kamloops Ram, for providing us with this incredible gift.”
The non-profit will use the donation to support vulnerable women in the community of Kamloops, many who find themselves homeless or lacking stable housing.
DeBlois was inspired to contribute after touring the Outreach Centre and speaking with Thomson about the need.
“I was immediately impressed with the work of the non-profit to help nurture hope into new beginnings for so many of our community members. The hot meals, the warm clothing, and a safe place to connect and build relationships provides the help many people need and shows them they are not forgotten but very much cared for. We believe this work will provide guidance to help people reach their goals and will reduce homelessness,” said DeBlois. “I became aware of the vision of The Mustard Seed Kamloops to also provide essential health, wellness, and advocacy services for women, an increasing segment of our community who are finding themselves in need of help. Our team at Kamloops Ram decided we wanted to support this mission and are so pleased today to donate $50,000 to The Mustard Seed Kamloops to help them broaden the efforts to do this important work to care well for women in our community.”
Currently, there are no programs specifically focused on women at The Mustard Seed Kamloops. Dolly Flynn, once homeless herself and now an advocate for The Mustard Seed Kamloops, knows exactly what it is like to be a woman without a safe and secure place to call home.
“Being homeless is hard enough – no food or shelter. It’s even tougher as a woman if you don’t feel safe at whatever shelter you go to,” said Flynn. I can’t wait to see the amazing work that will get done here.”