New Leaf Physiotherapy, NLP, knows the importance of local charities.  Giving back to the community that supports New Leaf Physiotherapy is an extremely important component of the foundation of which the company was built.  

Cases of peanut butter and coffee stacked in the backseat of Rob's car

Cases of peanut butter and coffee

A little bit from every client that New Leaf Physiotherapy assesses/treats and donates it back into the community every year.  This year the physiotherapy department at Kelowna General Hospital, KGH, was supporting Inn From the Cold.  I did some research about this charity and decided to jump on their coat tails.  

Inn From the Cold is a charity that provides a place to sleep at night.  It is a 35 bed facility.  You might have seen the offices on Harvey Avenue, when heading from Gordon Drive to Burtch Road, the office building is on Chandler Avenue, on the left.  

The physiotherapy staff at KGH received a list of items that Inn From the Cold accept.  One of the things they said was that they go through a lot of peanut butter, coffee and hot chocolate.  However, they all accept different types of clothes, sleeping bags…

Looking into the trunk of Rob's car, you can see stacks of large coffee cans, some packs of socks and few jars of peanut butter

Coffee, peanut butter and socks

NLP decided to make a shopping trip to Costco and purchase some items for Inn From the Cold.  My biggest fear is that I would not be able to fit it all inside my car!  NLP purchased for donation to Inn From the Cold, 50, 2 kg jars of peanut butter and 50, big cans of coffee, as well as 72 pairs of socks!  Take a look at getting my car filled up with items.  Crazy!

Inn From the Cold was very happy with the donations!  I hope it helps someone to save a little more money so the do not have to live in their vehicle during the spring, summer and fall.  The Overnight Shelter is not in operation during the summer. It operates generally from November until April.

If you wish to donate not money but material goods to Inn From the Cold, here is a link to that page.  

http://www.innfromthecoldkelowna.org/donate-2/material-goods-donation/

Below is taken directly from the Inn From the Cold Kelowna website,

http://www.innfromthecoldkelowna.org/

Winter Shelter

Inn from the Cold – Kelowna offers emergency overnight shelter to people living on the street during the coldest winter months: November to April. Our shelter is located at 1157 Sutherland Avenue. Intake hours are from 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Our shelter is a minimal barrier shelter that serves the most vulnerable homeless members of our community. Women and men are welcomed and a vulnerability assessment to determine bed allocation is completed at intake. Intake is completed upon referral (self or agency) and beds are assigned for duration of stay. The following are prioritized for service:

  • Couples and adult family members
  • Persons with pets
  • Does not access other shelters
  • Transgendered individuals
  • Persons who work past curfew times (sex trade and traditional employment)
  • Unable to access other services due to bans, time limits, red zone court orders, personal conflicts etc.

31 beds are made available and 4 are reserved for late night emergency referrals from hospital, RCMP, or self referrals.

Our total shelter capacity is 35.

The address and phone number, for Inn From the Cold, should wish to help out this great local charity is 1829 Chandler Street.  Phone: 250-448-6403.  Office Hours: 8:30 – 4:30, Mon-Thur

 

 

Rob with stacks of coffee and peanut butter in the back of his car.

Rob, lots of coffee and lots of peanut butter

Most of all New Leaf Physiotherapy would like to thank YOU!  Yes, you who are our clients.  It is you that make the difference to allow us to give back to the community.  The Kelowna community has been very welcoming and accepting of the novel concept of home physiotherapy.  New Leaf Physiotherapy graciously and humbly give back to those people that need a ‘hand up’ and not a ‘hand out’.

Look out for Turning Over a New Leaf, 2016, part 3…

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