SURREY – SOS Children’s Village will be a receiving a boost in the form of a $100,000 gaming grant announced Surrey-Panorama MLA Marvin Hunt.

“We support youth in strengthening ties and bonds with identified positive family or friends, and involve the youth in the larger SOS community,” said executive director Douglas Dunn. “Transition suites will soon be completed and this will allow us to move the youth we work with from crisis status of homelessness and street involvement to a wrap-around approach in case management that is the unique strength of SOS Children’s Village model.”

“Everyday life can present enormous difficulties for children in foster care to overcome,” said Hunt. “SOS Children’s Village recognizes that each child is unique and comes from different backgrounds. Their goal is to provide stable homes, a supportive and healing environment and programs to help foster youth in need grow-up to be caring, self-reliant adults.”

SOS Children’s Villages is the world’s largest non-governmental, non-denominational child development organization for orphaned and foster children. It has existed for over 65 years with presence in 134 countries and 564 Villages. British Columbia is home to the only SOS Children’s Village in Canada. SOS Children’s Village BC provides stable homes, a supportive healing village environment, and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, self-reliant adults. Currently SOS is in the process of constructing three of five transition suites on site.

This grant has been awarded under the Human and Social Services category of the Community Gaming Grant Program, which allows non-profit organizations to apply for provincial gaming revenues from the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Gaming Grants are also awarded in the categories of Arts and Culture, Public Safety, Environment and Sport.

Learn more:

SOS Children’s Village

http://www.sosbc.org/

Organizations interested in applying for Community Gaming Grants can find full application information at pssg.gov.bc.ca/gaming.