A special thank you to Kelowna Women in Business and their members for choosing Karis Support Society as their charity for 2017/2018. We have been so privileged by this association and have met some phenomenal women along the way. Women Supporting Women! Thank you!
Karis Support Society offers our participant’s recovery focused counselling, programming and support. Part of transitioning back into society is visualizing a future beyond addiction.
Launched in April 2017, the Dream Project aims to inspire, support and equip women as they move through the stages of recovery and aims to help women to live a life that is capable of so much more than they believed possible for themselves.
The Dream Project idea was introduced to Karis by Janice Taylor, founder of Mazu Family and the author of Wisdom. Soul. Startup. Janice graciously donated the proceeds from the launch of her book to Karis Support Society and her passion for helping women in recovery was ignited. At the launch event our ladies were given the opportunity to share their stories of tragedy and triumph.
Over the past year the Dream Project has facilitated and supported many of our ladies in their search for self. Our success stories include:
Facilitating the recording of an aspiring singers original song
Realizing one woman’s dream to speak publically about addiction where she had the opportunity to address students at KLO Middle School
Facilitating a participants dream to take a ‘soul trip’ to Alaska
Helping one participant to further her knowledge on caring for her autistic son by funding a course on autism
Supporting an aspiring artist to have her own showing at Metro Community’s Red Couch Art Gallery
Supporting a participants dream to become a fitness trainer by providing micro loans for her courses and exams
WANT TO GET INVOLVED IN THE DREAM PROJECT?
The Dream Project sessions involve bringing in guest speakers on topics that interest or inspire our women.
We are always looking for inspirational, educational and motivational speakers as well as a focus on caring for self. This year we would love to offer our participants experiential activities which get them out in the community, these would include things like hiking, adventure courses, boating and photography.
If you are interested in learning more about the Dream Project and how you can get involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about the program.
Areas of focus for 2 of our Aftercare ladies for 2018
Humanitarian Trip to Nepal: Realizing C’s life-long dream to visit a children’s home in Nepal.
Studies & Bursaries: Helping L to go back to school however she needs bursary funding to help her realize this dream.
The Dream Project by Geri Pauls, co-executive Director of Karis
Karis Camp is taking place in September 2017 and is a fantastic time away for Karis women and their children. Many have never been on a holiday before and this may be their first opportunity to build positive long-lasting memories as a family. It is also a wonderful bonding time with other women and their children within the Karis community. For children specifically, it’s an opportunity to play and have fun while building self-confidence. Often, before Karis, these children have not been able to develop and grow in a safe environment so camp is one of their first opportunities to truly “be a kid” with time allotted for active play, education and FUN!
During the three days away, we have organized activities, crafts and nightly campfires. This experience is very much an important part of recovery for families.
How to help Karis make it a reality this year
In order to raise enough money to go to camp, we are having a Cupcake Campaign. All proceeds from the campaign will go directly to camp.
How much does it cost?
Each goodie for good is $2 plus a $5 delivery fee (to pay for that that growing gas expense!). So let’s say you have a team of 15 and would like 15 treats, the total will be $30 +$5 for delivery. **Please note there is a minimum order of 10 cupcakes.
We don’t want cupcakes, but we’d like to donate to support camp – is this possible?
Yes! Absolutely! You can donate to support camp by going to clicking here and leaving a note on our donation portal letting us know this donation is specifically for camp.
What dates are you delivering?
We will be offering this door to door delish service from July 15th all the way to August 1st so it’s really up to when it works best for you and your team.
What about allergies?
Let us know if there are any allergies and we will do our best to accommodate.
How do we get involved further with Karis?
We would love your support at Karis. If there is an interest in volunteering, you can reach out to Deborah Klassen at email@example.com. If there’s an interest in donating, you can visit our webpage here. All other inquiries can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks to the fine folks at Disney who just donated a few computers, we now have a computer lab here at Karis. It was an incredible gift and has allowed for the women to have a place to write resumes, research, and play some games. We’re very grateful.
Bottega Farm hosted the fifth annual charity Christmas Market on Saturday, November 28th & Sunday, November 29th with all proceeds going towards Karis. A total of $16,500 was raised and we are so honoured to have such a great event helping our organization.
Over the two days, the festive market featured over 50 of the Okanagan’s finest artists & crafters including some of our very own Karis artists selling crafts and artwork.
Thanks to everyone who helped participate and we’ll see you next year!
Celebration is part of Karis’s DNA. Recovery is challenging, so we observe every milestone by celebrating with enthusiasm. We have fun commemorating birthdays and observing holidays, but the most ardent celebrating happens when women achieve every hard-won step in the recovery journey, including daily goals.
Our favourite day of the year takes place on an ordinary day in July. On that day, we gather together with family and supporters to recognize every step of courage and resilience from the year before. The day is full of all kinds of artistic expression. We laugh and we cry as women share spirited stories of overcoming years of sorrow and heartache.
Stories like Mehgan’s. Overwhelmed by loneliness and shame, Meghan languished in a dark place of addiction and despair that prevented her from having a meaningful relationship with her children and grandchildren. After a courageous family intervention, Meghan was moved to take small steps toward facing her addiction. Each victory helped her believe that she could be accepted and that hope could prevail. Last July we celebrated with Mehgan and her children her second year of positive steps forward in recovery and the joy of life with her grandchildren.
Karis Support Society is very honoured to announce our acceptance of the Volunteer Organization of the Year Award last night at Kelowna Civic & Community Awards Gala. Check out the article that Castanet wrote about this event.
Thank you to your volunteer Barbara Februar for nominating us as well as Liz at NOW Canada for mentoring us through the length nomination process and application. And thank you to all of our volunteers who are so willingly give their time to the women (a few men) and families that call Karis home.