Off the Curb - May 2011
‘Off the Curb’ is a monthy newsletter published by ASK Wellness Centre in Kamloops, BC.
Volume 2, Issue 5 May 2011 www.offthecurb.ca www.askwellness.ca ‘Off the Curb’ is published by ASK Wellness Centre Main Office 433 Tranquille Road Kamloops, BC V2B 3G9 250-376-7558 Toll Free 1-800-661-7451 Editorial Mayoi No Naka Editor G firstname.lastname@example.org left many with little time to spare. The ASK Team did an amazing job with Dining Out For Life to the sponsors! ensure it was a success and we are grateful for all Attendance at Dining Out For Life was fantas- W ow! It’s been an exciting April for everyone at ASK Wellness. Dining Out For Life and the Daily News Boogie supported the Daily News Boogie. Through Once again, the population of Kamloops has the funds raised, ASK provides support to those families who need help with rent, utilities and volunteered, ran or walked! food! A BIG thank you to all of you out there who Participation can be defined as giving time or Managing Editor Cheryl Doolan If you have any questions or comments about this newsletter or want to submit a story, please send an email to email@example.com tic! Thanks to everyone who took the time to go out for a meal and thereby enable ASK Wellness money and all of you are to be congratulated for the success of these two projects. Thinking of ‘Princess,’ ‘Red,’ ‘J,’ ‘D,’ ‘L,’ ‘M,’ to go ‘Global!’ As part of the ‘Global’ project, ASK will be partnering with the SOS Children’s Village in Mmbane, Swaziland and the ASK Team will provide support in the form of hope, information and compassion, and help build a media/social centre in the Village. ‘L,’ ‘D,’ and ‘Mr. B,’ this month. Everyone who is needing a kind thought or hug should consider themselves hugged. If you or anyone you know needs help, just In this issue Editorial Bob’s Blurb Boogie the Bridge ASK Goes Global The Safer Sex Lady What’s Up Off the Curb Kindness Off the Curb Dan’s Diaries Hi5 Run Club Stories Off the Curb Client Resources 1 2 3 4 6 7 9 9 10 11 12 ASK! Remember … I care. Mayoi ‘Off the Curb’ banner design by Greg Hanycz Publication layout and design by Thanks to the Kamloops Community for two successful events! Additional information and photos on page 3 Enter to win Two WestJet tickets anywhere they fly! Plus a $300 Delta Hotels Gift Card! Find out how on page 5 Cascade Creek Publishing George A. Moore firstname.lastname@example.org KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 Do you need housing help? ASK Wellness prints the latest listings every day and housing help is available each day from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at ASK Wellness, 433 Tranquille Road, Kamloops. Bobâ€™s Blurb Bob Hughes vincial and regional authorities try to deof action. And it is these conditions that termine who is responsible for what level result in the ability to deflect responsibil- I Executive Director G email@example.com nteresting times await Canadians as we have just witnessed an historic shift in the national political landscape. Not ity to some other level of government for to the core values of Canadians. the need for action on all these issues vital Who is really hurting these days are a true political victory in achieving a only has the Conservative Party claimed those who either over generations of government majority, we have seen the the official opposition. family dysfunction and defeat, or those only legitimate left-leaning party become Many of the pundits and journal- injured or sick, have such limited opportunity and ability to succeed in this society. We see it every day at ASK; men and ists have spoken of this shift but few women and entire families who are trying desperately, if they still have hope, to rise and gain some traction to a better life. above the shackles of poverty and despair The sad reality is that more and more We need your help! A number of our programs provide breakfast for those who are struggling and hungry. Can you help contribute one item per week? We are in desperate need of the following basic items: fresh fruit, veggies, eggs, ham, milk, yoghurt, cheese, juice and cereal. Please remember us the next time you are grocery shopping and drop all donations off at the ASK Wellness Centre, 433 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, or call Cheryl at 250-376-7558, Ext. 226 to arrange for pick-up. have asked the question about what this will mean for those who struggle on tion because much is at stake for the the margins of society. I ask this quespreservation of social justice and human rights. This is no dig on the Conservatives in particular, but it does strike me as concerning when issues of poverty and the plight of the working poor donâ€™t ever become a polarizing and definitive issue in the national consciousness. While all spoke of treating Canadians fairly, none research, not only from the left but also staunchly conservative groups and indi- viduals, shows that addressing the plight and compassionate way, results not only in an improved quality of life for these adults, and importantly, their children, value. The economic implications of of the poor in a socially just, empowering the political parties on the national stage stood firmly championing social change poverty. but also provides tremendous economic a failure to provide adequate housing, to address the conditions of those in deep What I find frustrating is the divi- preventive services to families in crisis gering. Where these costs are borne is and a reasonable living wage, are stagin the burgeoning growth of correctional sion of responsibility as a result of three levels of government for addressing social equality and social action. In our community, like so many others in this country, grinding poverty and the overall disparity between the rich and the poor is prevalent. But instead of having the community members, we are left with facilities, emergency wards plugged with with hungry and defeated children. It will take political will and a the products of poverty and schools filled convincing message to persuade the Canadian public to realize that desperate tion of the deserving poor exists, but bad social and economic policy. Sadly, our most recent opportunity Thank you! resources locally to address the needs of a splintered model of jurisdictional re- poverty is not a moral issue where the no- sponsibility. This is evident in the fact we Do you need STD, HEP-C, or HIV testing or information? have no National Housing Policy, but the federal government having vast financial resources and an historic duty to provide housing for all Canadians. Management to witness a political party or individual has passed. Instead, we are considering become the lightning rod of this message purchasing fighter jets in the billions, the Just ASK! 250-376-7558, Ext. 232 2 of our education system lies in the hands of the provinces with local boards having to scramble to balance budgets, but no responsibility for the curriculum or the closure of the Supervised Injection Site in fective jails. This is at the expense of our childrenâ€™s education, appropriate health the roots of poverty. Vancouver, and more unneeded and inef- conditions of our schools. Health is even more of a mess as a blend of federal, pro- care, and a meaningful approach to tackle Bob KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 Kamloops Daily News Boogie the Bridge 2011 The KAMLOOPS DAILY NEWS BOOGIE 2011 was a huge success! Thousands were raised for Kamloops’ families! Thank you to our amazing volunteers and those who ran, walked or skipped to the finish line. A very special thanks to the Boogie Society and Team who made it all happen! These funds go directly to support families in Kamloops. So far the funds raised from the 2010 Daily News Boogie have helped a total of 97 families who did not have to go without food, a prescription, funding for moving costs, help with rent, utilities, a bus ticket to get home and much more! As of today, $14,927.00 has been paid out to Kamloops’ families … thanks to THE DAILY NEWS BOOGIE! 3 KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 ASK Goes Global … thanks to Kamloops! 4 WestJet Delta Travel Package ~ Anywhere WestJet flies! For destinations go to www.westjet.com. For list of Delta resorts www.deltahotels.com Tickets will go on sale at 7:00 pm, Thursday, May 19th at an intimate benefit concert presented by the DISH Society for the children of Africa at Frankly Coffee (437 Lansdowne St.) featuring Kira Gosselin, Katie Hughes and acoustic Earthbound! Tickets will also be available for sale at the ASK Wellness Centre (433 Tranquille Rd.) during our business hours. Tickets are $25 each or 5 for $100. Proceeds to ASK Wellness Global Citizen Project. Final draw will be at the ASK Wellness Centre (433 Tranquille Rd.) at 11:30 am, Monday, August 1st, 2011. Thanks to WestJet and Simmons Black and Emsland for donating this vacation package! For more information contact Cheryl at 250-376-7558, Ext. 226. KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 Thank you Kamloops for being a part of Dining Out For Life on April 28th! Generosity from the Kamloops community and participating restaurants was incredible! We raised over $25,000 through sponsorships, restaurant support and donations at the table! A very special thanks goes to the following people, corporations and restaurants who made it happen: Our 12 Participating Restaurants: Bistro 326 Brownstone Chapters Fiesta Mexicana Flavours of India Hoja Mongolian Grill Hot House Bistro Minos The Noble Pig Ric’s Grill Rock Salt Westsyde Pump NRI Distribution, Bruce Churchill, Dean Stainton and Staff Dr. Robert Baker Trophy Developments Brendan Shaw ~ Royal LePage Heritage Office Furniture Shaw TV The Noble Pig Brewhouse CFJC TV7 ~ ‘Midday’ Kamloops Art Gallery Simmons Black and Emsland Lynne Jones Look Kamloops Kamloops This Week Home Hardware ASK Team heads to Africa on August 11, 2011. Watch the September issue for an update on the trip! Echo Earls Restaurant Manshadi Pharmacy Thomas Sandhoff Marnie Olsen Sure Copy Lisa Deol-Rollo and her Family & Friends Kyra Demski & Josh Matheson Matt & Rebecca McLean Pam Jacobson THANK YOU KAMLOOPS! Dr. Robert Parker Jessica Makayev Sheldon Shore All who dined out on April 28th! All who donated at the tables! All who bid on the Silent Auction items or purchased 50/50 tickets! All the ASK Staff who are so dedicated to our clients and passionate about our initiatives! MORE THANK YOU’S ON PAGE 6 5 KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 Office Wish List Can you help ASK out by donating some basic items? For example, we always need the following: • Wrapped candies for S.H.O.P. kits • Paper (8-1/2 x 11 inches) • Boxes of pens, marker and pencils • Tape • ‘Staples’ gift certificates • Postage stamps • Envelopes • Coffee, tea and hot choco late • File folders • Post-it notes • Kleenex tissues • Hand sanitizers We would also like to thank the following businesses and people who donated silent auction items in support of Dining Out For Life If you can help, please call Cheryl at 250-3777558, Ext. 226, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Aberdeen Mall Access Picture Framing Barb’s Bouquets Canadian Tire Rapid Cool The Doolans Cloverdale Paint Cork ‘N’ Label U-Brew Inc. Dorian Greek House Earls Restaurant Fabutan Gloria Moore Health Life & Nutrition Heritage Office Furniture Home Stretch Fitness Kal Tire Kamloops Fit Centre Karateristics Kendra Ellison Ladies Only Fitness Merle Norman Minos Restaurant Café Motivo Sandi’s Biscotti & More Spa Pure Noble Pig Brewhouse NRI Distribution Peter’s Pasta Rapid Cool Riverside Auto Red Tag Fitness Robo Carwash Ken Salter Save-on-Foods Service Plus Computers Starbucks (Aberdeen) Surplus Herbie’s Sweet Spot Cupcakes Taco Del Mar Harp & Sukhi Theara TLC Nailtek Total Ten Tanning White Spot Restaurant Wine Kitz Baskin Robbins Simmons Black & Emsland THANK YOU TO ALL! The Safer Sex Lady Kira Gosselin ASK Community Health Educator G email@example.com ff the eep ‘O or a k lp e h F Please irculation. c ring in e f ’ f re o Curb a e w ee small f rtising space adve 76t 250-3 a l y r e ct Ch mail Conta 6, or e 2 2 . t x .ca 7558, E ellness w k s a cheryl@ 6 d a r u o Y here! May is Hepatitis C Awareness Month Did you know… • In Canada, an estimated 242,500 indibecause there are often no symptoms, viduals are infected with hepatitis C* and, approximately 21% of those individuals undiagnosed. don’t know they are infected and remain • Many people newly infected with hepatitis C have no symptoms and are still infectious. unaware of their infection, but they are • Although sexual transmission is rare, * The only way to find out if you have Hep C is by getting a blood test. inform your sexual partner(s) that you have hepatitis C and take appropriate precautions. • Hepatitis C can be spread in the household through sharing sharp instruments/ personal hygiene equipment with an scissors and nail clippers. KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 Client Needs Please help us collect the following items for distribution to those in need. Please drop off at ASK Wellness, 433 Tranquille Road, Kamloops, or call Cheryl at 250-376-7558, Ext. 226 to arrange for pick-up. • Gently used clothing • Grocery vouchers • Take-out containers for leftovers • Plastic bags • Ziploc bags (all sizes) • Baby Wipes / Wet Wipes • Band-aids • Blankets • Bus Passes / Tickets • Combs / Brushes • Deodorant • Personal hygiene products • Feminine hygiene products • Adult diapers • Wrapped candies • Garbage bags • Gloves, mitts, scarves & hats • Razors, men’s and ladies’ • Shaving cream or foam • Chap-Stick • Thick socks, underwear • Toilet paper • Kleenex tissues • Toothbrushes & toothpaste • Travel-size soaps and shampoos • Telephones • In 2007 nearly 8,000 individuals were newly infected with HCV in Canada. • Hepatitis C infection can be prevented: tion equipment. infected person, e.g., razors, toothbrushes, • Because there are medications that can to find out if you have the virus. don’t share needles or drug use/prepara• Hepatitis C is NOT spread by casual be used to treat hepatitis C, it is important • Treatment may be an option for you so speak to your health care provider. • There is no vaccine for hepatitis C. contact such as hugging, kissing or shakor water. ing hands. The virus is not found in food What’s up Off the Curb S.H.O.P. FRIDAY NIGHT DINNER and DROP-IN Every Friday Night ASK is open for dinner to all persons with past or present experience in the sex trade. 7 KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 Adult Addictions Supportive Housing Wish List Can you help ASK out by donating any of these items? At present we are in need of the following • Two mops • Two buckets • Garbage pail • Alarm clock • Some sort of shelving • Blankets • Sheets (queen and single) • Pillow cases • Book case • Two dressers • Two lamps • Computer desk • Two couches • Pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and a can opener • Four end tables • Air mattress • Area rug THE INTERIOR INDIAN FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY, Connections: Home and Life Skills Program cordially invites you to the following: E.C.H.O.S. COFFEE GROUP for men and women Every Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 am to 11:30 am at 125 Palm Street, Kamloops FREE COFFEE AND SNACKS! For more information contact Toni at 250-376-1296 Kamloops Community Church 344 Poplar Street, Kamloops Sunday Morning Worship at 10:30 am We currently serve supper on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Daily News parking lot, 4th and St. Paul St. Family Meal Wednesdays at 5:00 pm Community and Family Services from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, Mon. to Fri. Services we provide Emergency Food Hampers Bread and Pastries Good Food Box Meat Bags Vouchers to our Thrift Store Birthday Club Bread: We have bread and buns available daily. Meat Bags: Available anytime from Community Services. Contents include a variety of frozen meat, beef, pork and chicken. Birthday Club: For kids up to 16 years, we will provide a gift and a cake when available. Please make an appointment in advance and bring in your child’s medical card for identification purposes. If you can help, please call Cheryl at 250-3777558, Ext. 226, or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org Good Food Box - $25.00 S.H.O.P. is presently looking for donations of gently used XXL and XXXL clothing. Please call Carmen at 250-377-7558 or send an email to email@example.com 8 This is pre-ordered and prepaid during the month and available for pickup the last week of each month. The box generally includes the following: • 2L of fresh milk • 2 meat items • 2 dozen large eggs • 1 lb. margarine • Potatoes • Carrots • Broccoli • 1 head cauliflower • Apples • Oranges • 1 onion Items may vary depending on availability. Also includes a dessert and top-up. Kindness Off the Curb Our sincere thanks to the following for their continuing generosity… COBS BREAD – for their generous weekly donations to several ASK Wellness programs! LION’S CLUB – for their donation of $250 to the Wellness Kitchen! CHRISTINE LEE – for the large bag of toothpaste and hand & body lotion! MT. PAUL UNITED CHURCH – for their donation of clothes, cosmetics, feminine hygiene products, toiletries, etc.! PCT KAMLOOPS COMPUTER & BUSINESS SCHOOL (Lynda Douglas, Director) – for their donation of 50 ‘Big-Mac’s’ for our clients! (They disappeared in 15 minutes!) WESTJET AIRLINES for donating two tickets anywhere they fly to the ASK Wellness Global initiative! KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 Dan’s Diaries Dan McGowan ASK Housing Outreach Worker G firstname.lastname@example.org H ello ‘curb-siders,’ it has been brought to my attention that people might be interested in shar- was at the Riverside Small Animal Hospital and had been in an accident. As it turned out, their ‘girl’ had been scared dog. Five days adds up to quite a bit in vet bills and it turned out the young couple, overjoyed at finding their bills. Being new to town, they had not ing some of the good news that happens here at ASK Wellness Centre. As we all hit by a car. Apparently the driver had tried to drive off leaving the injured dog, were now facing about $1,000 in vet yet found work and, in today’s economy, even if they’d found work, they couldn’t afford such a bill. The resourceful young man and know, it helps to have some good news to focus on amidst all the turmoil, trials and tribulations of everyday life. I am happy to say that I have a wonderful story to share this month. animal to her fate. A local good samari- tan was not about to let this happen. She actually got on to the hood of his vehicle and would not let him leave the scene of man come into the office. They were I recently had a young woman and the ‘crime’ until the proper authorities ar- rived! I’m not sure who this woman was, cup of coffee. woman went back to the community new to Kamloops, had been working but I’d sure like to meet her and buy her a The proper authorities, local By- agency that had helped them find a place to live. This is when they ended up in our office. A support worker from the we might be able to help them out in with another community agency and had found housing for themselves and their Well, as it turned out, one of their dogs (Keisha) got loose and decided to take two dogs with the help from said agency. Law officers, arrived on the scene and other agency brought them by in hopes some way. I placed a call to the animal hospital and left a message asking for the attending vet to give me a call back so we could see what could be done to reduce the bill as much as possible before we started trying to create any avenues couple of days of Dr. Matt Nichols and I playing a diligent game of phone tag to finally make contact. Much to my to help with the funding. Well, it took a proceeded to take the injured dog to the Riverside Small Animal Hospital. The good folks there took in this hurt canine herself for a walk. Being that they were new to the area, Keisha couldn’t find her couple were extremely distraught and and did everything they could to ease her pain. Unfortunately she had a broken leg and nerve damage to another leg among other injuries, I’m sure. Kudos for the By-Law people for getting Keisha to the one thing. They didn’t notify the local way home. From what I understand, the were searching the neighbourhood, calling the SPCA and doing whatever they could come up with to try and locate their lost family member. This went on for five days. Finally, after five days of searching they happened to be at the By-Law office asking about their dog and were told she veterinarian so quickly; but, they forgot SPCA, nor did they enter the incident into their records in a timely fashion. The recouple could find their lost, hurt and sult being that it took five days before the surprise Matt told me he had sent the bill to the local By-Law office. Dr. Nichols communication between the By Law expressed some frustration at the lack of 9 KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 office and the SPCA, and hoped that sending them the resulting bill for services might raise awareness around warms my heart! Realistically, the animal hospital could have held onto the dog until they received payment. Instead, as I write this, Keisha is home with her family or worse yet, at the Humane Society. rather than being in a cage at the hospital, I am happy to say that our agency thing to do. So, the next time I find myself grumbling about some little thing or another, I plan on taking a second to remember this story and smiling. To you from the curb-side… the costs of this lack of communication. He has noticed there is a gap in services here in Kamloops and would like to see this addressed. Dr. Nichols is proposing that local veterinary clinics each make a situation in the future. donation to a fund to help people in this In this day and age to hear a profes- Dan PS: I have since had an update from the veterinary clinic and it seems the SPCA may come up with some funding towards the bill. Otherwise, it looks like By-Law and the local veterinarians will have to take up the slack. was able to help financially with some of the after costs, but the real heroes here are the staff at Riverside Small Animal Hospital and the nameless Good Samaritan. It’s nice to live in a community where people try to step in simply because it is the right sional, like a veterinarian, put the animal and the people before the dollars, just PAYING IT FORWARD – Some of the ASK Wellness staff ‘paid it forward’ on April 16th, 2011 when they visited the Hills of Peace Lutheran Church to help with their spring cleaning. Hills of Peace Church makes lunch every Tuesday at ASK Wellness (north shore) for over twenty women! The accompanying pup will forever remain nameless (or for that matter, ownerless), but a little fertilizer (or entertainment) never hurt ... right? Hi5 Run Club Blair Jones Hi5 Coach / Pro Racer G email@example.com Warm Up … Cool Down Why do we warm up and cool down before we participate in any sort of training or before and after you put your body through physical exertion over an extended period of time. It gets your body the risk of injury and maximizing your potential to improve and perform. Benefits of warming up in- ing or physical activity? Warming up and cooling down are all too often overlooked but are essential for any athlete in train- ready for intense work, while minimizing clude increasing your heart rate that leads to increased blood flow through active ter use of oxygen, reduces muscle stifftissues, which increases metabolism, bet- 10 ness generating smoother, better quality movements, and increases your mental focus on the training or physical activity. low your heart to recover and return to delayed onset of muscle soreness (pain that is sometimes experienced one to The benefit of cooling down will al- Stretching Stretching before and after you run is down. another part of your warm-up and coolStretching cold muscles is okay to do, compared to stretching for a long dist- KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 ance run or event that may involve a wide range of motion or use of the muscles for an extended period of time. In the case of the latter, using a skip- its resting rate, potentially reducing the but can potentially cause an injury if not stretched properly. A light stretch, let’s say in the morn- ping rope, jogging, riding a stationary bike, to give a few examples, for 10 to 15 minutes of warm-up is recommended. allows oxygen to circulate, and helps This will encourage the blood flow, which eliminate any waste products in your three days after) and aids in the reduction of waste products in the blood including lactic acid (a waste product of anaerobic respiration that accumulates in your muscles when being physically worked that cause muscle cramps). ing, reduces the chances of injury to next to none. The reason is that you are not stretching for a long period of time or preparing for a high level of active fitness. While sleeping your muscles have contracted or shortened becoming tight, and muscles. This in turn will allow your and is involved in the chemical processes muscles to function better and for longer periods, reducing the chance of injury. only need to be stretched out very lightly Stories Off the Curb I am writing this to thank all the people who helped me find myself. In 2009 I had been heavy in my addiction to crack. and have no fear of sex, drugs or violence. outreach worker and do not know how to show this person how much he impacted my life. This is something that goes beyond I have so much gratitude for this confidence. I am finally on a path that I only dreamed of. I hope to thank everyone personally I was working the streets and living in a crack shack. I was not willing to face my and would like to acknowledge S.H.O.P., Hi5 Run Club and the men and women wonders in my life! of ASK Wellness Centre — you have done I am now moving from the comfort issues with abuse from others and myself. I would go to ASK Wellness Centre to get supplies such as condoms, lube, shampoo, etc. Even when I was stinky and dirty I was never turned away. the call of duty in my opinion. This outreach worker had subjected himself to all kinds of different reactions, as I was ing with. pretty much owned by the guy I was livI was amazed how much help I got. I zone into a new place. I am thankful one of the outreach workers had noticed me coming and going. To my surprise I was at ‘home’ (the shack) when the While loading up on supplies, I guess for the time I have been involved with ASK. There was always someone to talk to whether I was having a good or bad amazing! day. The patience these workers have is So thank you ASK Wellness! I’m off didn’t always stay clean but I was much I know I have the support of ASK Wellness. outreach worker saw me and said, “You don’t belong here, come with me and we’ll find better housing.” safer. I have a lot of challenges, however, had been feeling that if I had stayed at the shack I would’ve been hurt physically. The outreach worker took me to ASK I was defeated by my addiction. I have had the same housing for over a I have been clean for awhile now and to my new home. You have shown me how to live life on life’s terms. in touch. year. I have learned life skills and self- That is my story for now. I will keep Wellness to work on finding me housing. To my amazement he found me housing that same day! I wasn’t allowed to ‘use’ there and I The first meeting of the Men’s HIV Support Group Will be held at the ASK Wellness Centre Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00 pm For additional information contact Larry Loranger at 250-376-7558, Ext. 232 11 didn’t. I became close to my female landlord. It was the best place for me. When I went to pick up my things, the guy I had been living with had been worker came when he did. beaten badly. I was so lucky the outreach I didn’t stay clean, however I was safe in a townhouse that I could go to sleep in KAMLOOPS OFF THE CURB MAY 2011 Client resources Aboriginal Employment Services 250-554-4556 ASK Wellness Centre 250-376-7588 Toll Free: 1-800-661-7451 Alcohol/Drug Information/Referral Services Toll Free: 1-800-663-1441 Brain Injury Association 250-372-1799 Christian Hostel 250-372-3031 Canadian Mental Health Association Toll Free: 1-888-674-0440 Emerald on Third 250-374-1090 Employment Insurance Toll Free: 1-800-206-7218 GT Hiring Solutions 250-374-7748 House of Ruth (Women Only) 250-376-5621 Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society 250-374-2119 Kamloops Immigrant Services 250-372-0855 Interior Community Service 250-554-3134 Interior Indian Friendship Society 250-376-1617 Interior Indian Friendship Society Alcohol and Drug Counselor 250-376-1296 Interior Metis Child and Family Services 250-554-9486 Kamloops Food Bank 250-376-2252 Kamloops Safe Housing Society 250-851-2720 Kamloops Work Search Centre (South) 250-372-3803 Kamloops Work Search Centre (North) 250-376-3111 Kids Helpline Toll Free: 1-800-668-6868 Labour Ready 250-376-9116 Mothers for Recovery 250-377-6890 Ministry of Children & Family Development 250-371-3600 Narcotics Anonymous Toll Free: 1-800-414-0296 Native Housing Society 250-376-6332 New Life Mission 250-372-9898 Ministry of Housing & Social Development Toll Free: 1-866-866-0800 Ministry of Public Safety & Solicitor General, Community Corrections Kamloops: 250-828-4008 Merritt: 250-378-9355 Phoenix Centre 250-374-4634 RCMP Kamloops 250-838-3000 St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store 250-554-0098 Salvation Army 250-554-1611 Sage Health Centre 250-374-6551 Sexual Assault Counseling Centre 250-372-0179 Shuswap Training and Employment 250-554-4556 Street Outreach Nurse Gaudenza: 250-319-6783 Lisa: 250-318-4611 Suicide Distress Line Toll Free: 1-800-784-2433 United Way of Kamloops 250-372-9933 Volunteer Kamloops 250-372-8313 White Buffalo Aboriginal Health Society & Res. Centre 250-547-1176 Have we missed you? Would you like to be included in our resource list? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASK Wellness Centre, 433 Tranquille Road At Second Glance Used Books, 448 Victoria Street Crossroads Inn, 569 Seymour Street Erwin’s Bakery, 369 St. Paul Street Frou Frou Monkey, 263 Victoria Street Kamloops Fit Families, 783 Notre Dame Street Kamloops Immigration Services, 109 Victoria Street Kamloops Downtown Library, 466 Victoria Street Kamloops Northshore Library, 693 Tranquille Road Oops Cafe, 274 - 3rd Avenue Passek’s Classic Cafe & Catering, 120 - 3rd Street The Art We Are, 246 Victoria Street The Grind, 5th and Victoria Street Pick up your copy of ‘Off the Curb” at any of these handy locations in Kamloops… More locations soon! Would you like ‘Off the Curb’ at your location? Help us promote wellness in your community! Contact Cheryl at 250-376-7558, Ext. 226 or email@example.com 12