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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. If there’s an interest in donating, you can visit our webpage here. All other inquiries can be sent to email@example.com.
BOTTEGA CHRISTMAS MARKET IN SUPPORT OF KARIS SUPPORT SOCIETY
NOVEMBER 26 & 27 / 11am – 5pm
The Bo.ttega Christmas Market celebrates six years of bringing artistic expression, community and philanthropy together. The Bo.ttega Christmas Market in support of Karis Support Society takes place on November 26th & 27th from 11 AM to 5 PM. Held at the beautiful Bo.ttega Farm Inn, the festive market promises to inspire warm holiday memories and traditions. More than 50 artisans, many new to the market, will display their work for the community to purchase.
As families stroll through the market, they will be able to purchase unique gifts or decorations, participate in special activities for the children and enjoy lots of treats. This year, Karis Support Society will be hosting a Crepe Bar and Smoky Stand.
The entrance fee is a minimum $3 donation to the Karis Support Society in benefit of their Counselling Program. Karis Support Society contributes to genuine social transformation in the Okanagan Valley by providing a safe home, support throughout recovery, and life skills development for women and women with children struggling with life altering addictions and mental health conditions. Karis helps individuals recognize the potential of their life, supports them in their recovery and restores them to society where they can make meaningful contributions.