My name is Danny, and I’ve lived with clinical depression for most of my life. I first walked through the welcoming doors at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission 15 years ago.
At the time, my depression made it impossible for me to support myself. I was penniless, and I had nowhere to go. Thankfully, I’d heard Kelowna’s Gospel Mission could help.
They gave me everything from food to eat and a safe place to sleep to access to showers and spiritual care.
I’ve had a lot of struggles, but Kelowna’s Gospel Mission has always been there to help me when I didn’t have anyone else. I honestly don’t know where I would be without them.
This past December, I learned of my wife’s passing. I remember a sinking sensation and feeling both raw and numb at the same time.
Losing someone you love is heartbreaking, and I’ve never felt more alone. I’m glad I was at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission when I was given the tragic news. One staff member, Kelan, didn’t hesitate. He embraced me and kissed my forehead, saying, “I love you. You’re going to get through this. Everything is going to be okay.”
They went above and beyond to make sure I got the help I needed. Their caring support helped me through the worst of my heartbreak and devastation.
Today, I’m living in my own place, thanks to Terra at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. Growing up, I missed out on learning some practical life skills, so Terra arranged for someone from BC Housing to teach me basic culinary and organizational skills.
“I’ve always felt accepted at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. They care for people, no matter who they are.” – Danny
Many people think everyone who’s homeless is also an addict. Sure, that may be true for some, but it’s definitely not true for everyone without a home.
I wasn’t at Kelowna’s Gospel Mission because I was an addict or an alcoholic. I was there because I have a mental illness.
I don’t know what I would do without Kelowna’s Gospel Mission. They’ve helped me rebuild after life’s storms in so many ways. That’s the truth. I haven’t felt loved like that for decades.
Kelowna’s Gospel Mission is deeply important for people who are having a hard time getting by in Kelowna. Thank you for giving so that Kelowna’s Gospel Mission can be active, helping people like me. Everybody really appreciates it, I’ll tell you.
Your gifts help people like Danny access food, shelter, affordable housing, find employment, and so much more. To help more people who are homeless in Kelowna, please give today.