Kelowna Indigenous Support Program

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About the program

Mamas for Mamas offers a community wide Indigenous support program, providing culturally sensitive and appropriate services to Aboriginal Individuals and families, both on- and off-reserve. This program is designed with the United National model of “Nothing About Us Without Us” and engages various levels of poverty relief and wellness supports to enhance their quality of life.   

This program emphasizes a person/family-centred and holistic approach to community support work and meets families where they are emotionally, physically, financially and spiritually. We work closely with the local Friendship Centres, The Metis Society, The Aboriginal Advocacy program at school District 23, the health authorities and homeless shelters/transition homes.  

Under our Indigenous Support program we offer specialized care for youth under the Champion Program for those 18 and under, and bridged support for youth who have aged out of foster care up to age 24.  

As part of what we can offer, we provide 1-1 support with a highly trained compassionate resource navigator and access to our Karma Market coordinator. We offer material items like clothing, backpacks, hygiene products, food, and items for all members of the family. The Indigenous Support Program identifies barriers and provides resources and immediate supports to low income and struggling mamas, papas and caregivers to access basic needs to provide a healthy and safe living environment for their children. Issues we commonly support surround Mamas and families facing homelessness, abuse and violence, lack of basic resources including food, clothing, shoes, medical interventions not covered by MSP and access to menstrual/hygiene products

The program also helps facilitate resource navigation, addresses current gaps to prevent further poverty, provides access to supplementary diapers, wipes, and required baby items such as cribs, highchairs, and infant car seats. The at-risk program also refers internally to our mental health counselling and groups. For especially complex cases, we refer to internal support programs as appropriate including the Family Court Support Program, helping families navigate the court system and providing family based support.  


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The holiday spirit is about giving and spreading joy throughout the communities in which we live and serve. In 2020, we distributed over 6,000 Christmas hampers to families in Canada and over 2,500 in the Okanagan alone! This year we have had an exponential increase in the number of families who need our support. We are faced with an enormous challenge this year, and with your help, you can provide a heart-warming outcome and a little magic this time of year.

Christmas can be the most stressful and challenging time of the year for many. The knowledge that someone has thought about them this Christmas, that they are not alone, can lift the spirits of so many caregivers and children. This year you can donate to a family in need or sponsor a family directly in our community. 
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