With the Christmas holidays upon us, the Upper Room Mission is once again gearing up for our busiest time of year. Our popular “Fill-A-Backpack Campaign” is now up and running, and filled backpacks may be dropped off by Wednesday, December 20th at the Mission. This campaign means so much to those that access our services, and […]
Starting July 1, the URM will be running their new month-long campaign UnderAWARE, with hopes of collecting underwear, a basic necessity that most of us take for granted. The Mission’s Outreach Department has noticed the demand for both men’s and women’s undergarments are very high, while the supply is very, very limited, often absent. For […]
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 […]
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 […]
On February 25, the Upper Room Mission is hosting the Coldest Night of the Year, a 5 & 10km winter walk hosted in 110+ cities across Canada. Our goal is to raise $50,000 to support Vernon’s hungry, homeless and hurting! Gather a group of family/friends together and sign up a team today! Visit https://canada.cnoy.org/location/vernon to […]
Upper Room Mission is honoured to be awarded the 2016 Non-Profit Excellence Award by the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce at the Business Excellence Awards held Friday, March 11 at the Vernon Atrium Hotel.
Four years ago, Carolyn Smith was at a meeting for Probus Club—a Rotary Club off-shoot for retirees—when she heard outreach worker Bev Henke speaking about the Upper Room Mission’s work, and how a Vernon volunteer could make a difference there. Six days later, Carolyn was in The Kitchen, chopping carrots and dicing fruit for pies. […]
On a Tuesday afternoon in April, Suzy and Leon are sitting at ‘their spot’— two seats at the end of the table closest to the Upper Room Mission’s back door. They’ve been sitting here for lunch and dinner most weekdays for three years, ever since Suzy got sick. She got sick and Leon tried to […]