CAN YOU LEAVE THE LIGHT ON FOR YOUTH DURING THE COVID CRISIS?
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OUR COMMITMENT TO RECONCILIATION WITH INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
The coronavirus crisis continues to be monitored by all teams at SOS Children’s Village BC. At this time, it’s important that we reflect on the importance of our families and our communities. In order for us to continue responding to our families, children, and youth, we’re working around the clock to ensure they’re receiving the help they need during this pandemic. Our Village does not only mean a community of support for those who live on site, we also support our staff and their families by continuing a full-time work schedule. We believe in our communities and this is just one of the ways we hope to keep them strong and together.
A MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD:
SOS BC celebrates diversity and strongly believes in the strength of our communities. We do not see differences between individuals regardless of religion, race, creed, or culture. Because of this, SOS BC does not tolerate any abuse or harassment of any kind directed towards any of our staff or community members including physical and/or online environments. Stress and heightened emotions during a crisis can exacerbate bullying, but that doesn’t excuse it. As a non-profit focused on our mission and ensuring our objectives are met, situations of this nature are investigated, responded to appropriately, and taken seriously. A nature of silence is one we do not encourage and we hope to model for all of those involved with our organization, including the children and youth we are directly connected to.
SOS Children’s Village BC
We provide family-based foster care for children and youth in our communities through our Village model. This includes support to caregivers, youth, and kids through residential services, program and support services, and wraparound care.
We believe in keeping siblings together and in family strengthening, creating a sense of community and belonging, and in educating and empowering children to become contributing members of society.
Our Focus As A Charity
SOS Children’s Village BC supports families and vulnerable kids because we believe every child should grow with love, respect, and security.
The statistics show that we as a society are failing our families and our children.
SOS BC’s community of belonging meets the needs of at-risk youth who are the key to our future.
In British Columbia there are over 8,900 children who do not live with their biological parents
Of youth in care, only 44% will graduate within 2 years of expected graduation date; at our Village we have a 100% graduation rate
In British Columbia 65% of children in care are Indigenous, but only 10% of the general child population is Indigenous
A child in foster care in Canada faces the following hardships on average: they will move 7 homes (7 families, 7 schools, 7 neighbourhoods, 7…)
It Takes A Village
DONOR FUNDED MODEL OF CARE
We receive only 10% of our funding from government sources (BC Delegated Agency contract & BC Gaming grant), and raise 90% through donations, grants, and thrift store purchases from caring individuals like you.
OUR IMPACT: NEWSLETTER
Read our quarterly newsletter for updates on how your money is transforming the lives of foster children and youth, the latest happenings at the Village, notification of upcoming events, and features on our donors.
SOS CHILDREN’S VILLAGE THRIFT STORE FOUNDATION
Visit our sister organization with shops in Kerrisdale, Vancouver and Steveston, Richmond. Find unique treasures while you shop to support SOS BC. You can donate clothes and other items too!