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Last fall, the Family Tree Family Centre was ready to close its doors after funding commitments from two charitable foundations expired last summer. Thanks to a generous donation of $50,000 from the Teck Community Investment fund that won’t be happening. Family Tree offers pivotal programming in our community including a peer-based mothers for recovery support group that provides a safe, non-judgmental and nurturing environment where moms can heal.
“There’s a lot of fear when you’re a mom and you have addiction issues and you want to get clean and sober,” says Susan Wright, Executive Director of Family Tree. “We can offer hope.”
$30,000 of the investment will be going directly to Family Tree for staffing and admin costs, such as rent. The other $20,000 will be used to provide capacity building and sustainability. United Way will work with the Family Tree board of directors to create a sustainability plan, a risk management plan and to organize professional development training for volunteers. They will also work with the organization to try and find an alternate source of revenue through a social enterprise.
United Way has a long standing relationship with Family Tree and provided the initial $5,000 grant to get the program going eight years ago.