Category Archives: Stories

VantageOne kindness campaign kicked off at the URM

The smell of freshly cooked sausage and pancakes hangs in the air as the doors of the Upper Room Mission opened for breakfast service Friday. It’s another busy morning at the mission. As has been the tradition for the better part of 40 years, community members filter in from all corners of the city — […]

Grief is the painful side of love

by Josh Winquist A small group of people sit in the Chapel at the Upper Room Mission. They have gathered to pay their final respects to a friend. They share tears and stories. There are laughs, but they are chased away by more tears. The setting is sombre and hauntingly familiar. This scene has played […]


New yoga day program

Building off existing activities like art classes and game days, the Upper Room Mission Society is excited to announce the introduction of yoga to our list of day programs. “Providing our community members with a place to relieve stress and focus on themselves while in a safe environment is a primary focus for the mission,” […]

Together we can make a difference

The Upper Room Mission Society would like to thank the members of our community who attended last night’s town hall in Vernon. “We recognize that there are passionate, caring people on all sides of this discussion and our hope is that this town hall will reignite community pride where it is flickering and facilitate further […]

Ladies’ Pizza Night

IMPORTANT INFORMATION On Wednesday, June 5 the Upper Room Mission Society will be hosting a women’s Bingo and pizza night from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Creating a community that provides safety and security for everyone is a goal the Upper Room Mission Society is working to achieve. By teaming up with community partners like Interior […]

The New Executive Director

The Upper Room Mission Society is proud to announce the hiring of a new Executive Director. Assuming the role is Nicole Makohoniuk. Well respected throughout the North Okanagan, Nicole has been an advocate for youth and marginalized people for more than two decades. “I am big on supporting people and accepting people, no matter where […]

Holiday Times & Meals

Holiday Times & Meals Information Monday, December 24th: Join us at 2:00 PM for our Christmas Party                                           Christmas Eve Dinner at 3:45pm & Backpack Handout at 2:45pm. Tuesday, December 25th: CLOSED – From all of the […]

Blessings in a Backpack Extended until December 21st

With the Christmas holidays upon us, the Upper Room Mission is once again gearing up for our busiest time of year. Blessings in a Backpack is now up and running, and filled backpacks may be dropped off by Friday December 21st at the Mission. This campaign means so much to those that access our services, and […]

Extended Summer Hours

VERNON, June 7, 2017 – A grant from the Ministry of Employment and Social Development has allowed the Upper Room Mission to extend their hours of operation for the summer. Two summer students have been hired, all made possible by the Canada Summer Jobs grant application through the Federal Government. Having two additional staff on […]

Upper Room Mission Announces New Leadership

Three years after taking over leadership of an organization that is now successfully feeding Vernon’s hungry in so many ways, Upper Room Mission executive director Rick Lavin announces he is retiring and has already passed on the torch to not just one but two colleagues—Lisa Anderson and Lisa Church. Lavin joined the Upper Room Mission […]