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Nov1FriKelowna Community Church's intergenerational ministries invite community members to travel the road of life together. November 1, 2013 by Melissa Yue Wallace
It is said that “it takes a village to raise a child,” meaning a child's development is affected by their community. The Salvation Army Kelowna Community Church in Kelowna, B.C., has based its programs on this village concept to support individuals through every bump and turn in their journey through life.
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Located within a mile from downtown Kelowna and surrounded by low-income housing and seniors residences, the Kelowna “village” supports single-parent families, children experiencing difficulties in school, seniors and anyone who may need physical, emotional or spiritual support. Through groceries for hungry families; furnishings, clothing and beds for those in need; support to those affected by a loved one's addiction and/or mental illness; and programs for children, youth and seniors; friendships are being built and lives are being changed.
“Thanks for praying. Since we prayed I've lost the desire for drugs,” said one client. Another said, “Thanks for the bed. It's the best I have slept for a long while.”
View our slideshow below of Kelowna's village model to see how God is revealing himself through the people who share in these programs.
Photos: Chris Stanford