Kelowna Branch

Our Kelowna branch offers a space where our Mamas and their kids feel safe and comfortable when they come in for poverty relief support. We refer to all existing community programs when available and fill the gaps in service when the need is higher than the resources available. At the Kelowna branch, we offer a beautiful Karma Market where struggling families can access anything they need at no cost.  In our free store, we provide clothing, shoes, seasonal wear, and through our intake process Mamas can also access formula, diapers, baby furniture, and gear. We also offer individualized help through our social worker who will aid in navigating the available resources for food security, affordable housing, dental support, and many other community resources. 

Our Kelowna mental health team offers one to one and group counseling at no cost for those who qualify.  They work tirelessly to provide emergency and comprehensive Mental Wellness support to Mamas and their families in our community.   The team offers mindfulness groups, anxiety and depression group, access to physical activities, parenting support for transitions such as separations, divorce, along with grief and loss counseling. 

Our Kelowna Branch has an ever-growing sustainable nourishment program that provides our local families with a wide variety of freshly grown produce and protein. We grow our own produce during harvest season and have wonderful community partnerships to ensure fresh nutrients all year long. It’s hard enough being a parent without the stress of clothing or food insecurity, lack of appropriate mental health care, and everything else that can easily fall through the cracks in our busy society. Mamas for Mamas is there for those care providers who need help navigating eligible resources, applying for social supports, and getting direct intake support while joining this Mamas community that genuinely looks after each other.

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Karma Market

Due to the overwhelming popularity of the Karma Market and the limitless generosity of our community, we have had to make some changes to our operating procedures. The high volume of shoppers and donations has put an incredible strain on our space and our volunteer mama-power. We are implementing these changes to ensure every mama in need receives a hand up and not just a handout. Please understand that these changes are needed for the continued success of the Market and to meet the demand of mamas who need to access our services.

 

We thank you for your understanding and continued support.

Shoppers
Donations
Upon entering the Karma Market for your shop, please visit the sanitization station. We ask that you use the hand sanitizer, as well as any children accompanying you on your visit. Please note that only one person from your household can come to the store at a time.  Gloves and masks will be provided for your comfort.

If children are accompanying you, please note our playroom and den are closed to the public and no child care will be provided. There will be designated seating for your children, or we ask you have your children with you at all times in the store.

We ask that you please cancel the appointment if anything of the below pertains to you:

  • anyone with symptoms of COVID-19 including fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat and painful swallowing, must self-isolate at home for a minimum of 10 days
  • anyone under the direction of the provincial health officer to self-isolate must follow those instructions
  • anyone who has arrived from outside of Canada, or who is a contact of a confirmed COVID-19 case, to self-isolate for 14 days and monitor for symptoms

Please do not bring reusable bags with you, we will provide you with a bag for your shop.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this matter.

We can only accept brand new / like new items for our Karma Market. We are organizing monthly swaps to facilitate mamas sharing and donating items that will no longer be at the Mamas Karma Market. Thank you for your understanding our need to set limitations that will ensure the continued success of the market without burning out our volunteers or duplicating services

We still accept the following items at the Karma Market by appointment only:

  • Brand new/ like new clothing for all members of the family in condition.
  • Baby equipment (GENTLY used, clean exersaucers, swings,carriers, change tables, play pens, etc).
  • Cribs (no drop down side or recalled please, even with hardware we can’t accept them)
  • Brand new Towels and bedding
  • Brand New Personal hygiene items
  • (tampons,pads,tooth care, etc)
  • Brand new Toys
  • Food (not expired and unopened. Fresh produce welcome)
  • Formula and baby food (not expired and unopened)
  • Furniture – Please contact the Share Society, Restore or Salvation army as we no longer accept furniture at our market
  • Footwear – please post or donate to the Shoe bank
  • Housewares – please post on the group, Share society,Salvation Army or Restore
  • Electronics – please post on the group.
    • *We can accept new electronics in excellent working order but cannot repair or re-home outdated technology.

To donate and drop off items please email us at [email protected] or call us at (236) 420-0075

Join our psycho-educational groups

Groups

Online Anxiety and Depression Group
Whole Mama
Grief and Loss Support Group

Experience a 6-week psychoeducational group from the comfort of your own home. This course consists of education, tips, tricks and tools on how to help combat anxiety and depression. Each week will offer a live session with a qualified counsellor to guide you through the program and answer any questions you may have. There will also be learning activities and goals to complete at your own pace. Attendance is not mandatory but suggested. If you are unable to attend the live session, you will be able to go back and watch so you don’t miss anything. When all the sessions and workbooks are completed within the 6 weeks you will receive a certificate of completion. Please note all work has to be completed in the 6-week time frame to be considered complete.

The anxiety and depression group begins Tuesday, February 2nd, 2021 and runs to March 9th, 2021. Live sessions will be every Tuesday 10-11:30 am PST.

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Products in support of Mamas for Mamas

Partnered Products

Taste of the Okanagan
Postpartum Care Kit
Okanagan Stitching
Mama Beary Cider
Mason Jar Lids
HannahPad
Farm Bound
The Market Bags
People Power Parties
Strong as a Mother

Poverty Relief, because that’s our jam. This signature pink peppercorn and rose jam will be donating $1 from every jar to Mamas for Mamas.

 

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A Vancouver-based, Mom-owned business committed to helping Mamas thrive. With products made from clean, vegan ingredients, and a holistic approach to new motherhood, $1 for every Postpartum Survival Kit sold goes to Mamas for Mamas.

 

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Created by one mom for another, ‘The Mamas for Mamas Set’ by Okanagan Stitching includes: 1 Japanese Apron, 1 Large bowl cover, 1 Medium bowl cover, 1 Large jar cover, and 1 Small jar cover. 25% of the net proceeds from ‘The Mamas for Mamas Set’ will be donated to The Mamas for Mamas Foundation.

 

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In Support of Mamas for Mamas! This wonderfully robust cider is a co-fermentation of locally grown apples, raspberries, blackberries and rich red currants. The aroma is a powerful mixture of raspberries and currants with a hint of apple. Blackberry is present with every sip and there is a smooth finish with lasting memories of country fresh surroundings. 

 

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Any Product with a Bear, 10% of sales will be donated to Mamas for Mamas!

 

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HannahPad created 2 Special Bundles, exclusively available only for Buy 1 & Give 1 to Mamas program! When you purchase any of the 2 products below, one of the same product will be donated to Mamas for Mamas.

 

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When you buy produce from Farmbound there are also buying options of $29 $49 and $99 boxes that they will donate to Mamas for Mamas on the customers behalf.

 

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The Market Bags are Canadian-made reusable bags that represent a small step towards a better tomorrow with a positive impact on our environment. Using upcycled or sustainable and organic materials, they created a line of truly eco-friendly reusable bags. With the purchase of any market bag, 1% of sales is donated to Mamas for Mamas.

 

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People Power Parties brings crafting supplies and instruction into your events and provides a fun group bonding experience that gives everyone the opportunity to craft with a cause. Not only will the whole group have a fun takeaway piece that they made, but the event will also help support Mamas for Mamas.

 

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With a crew neck and flattering raglan sleeve, and in the softest fleece, this sweatshirt is not too tight and not too loose…it’s basically the Goldilocks of sweatshirts and fits just right. *$5 from the sale of every “brand new“ sweatshirt will be donated to Mamas for Mamas.

 

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