The Oikodome Foundation Gives $150,000 to Bring One-Stop Shop Health and Social Services to Local Youth
ABBOTSFORD | B.C. | May 16, 2017 | Abbotsford Community Services announced today that Fran and Pieter Vanderpol, local Abbotsford philanthropists, have generously donated $150,000 to support the opening of Foundry Abbotsford, the trailblazing youth health centre later this year. Foundry is a province-wide network of youth centres removing barriers and increasing access to care for young people seeking mental health and substance use services, as well as primary care and social services.
Donating through the Oikodome Foundation, their family’s charity organization, the Vanderpol’s gift will contribute to providing young people in Abbotsford and throughout the Fraser Valley, ages 12-24, with a one-stop place to easily access health and social services in a welcoming space. The Oikodome Foundation regularly supports global and local initiatives that invest in the development of a healthy and well equipped community.
“Helping our youth navigate the challenging teen and young adult years, Foundry’s proactive and holistic support services will help youth in our community build strong, healthy lives,” says Fran Vanderpol. “Our family is thrilled to support this ground-breaking initiative. Their visionary approach will allow our youth to easily access the help and support they need.”
With six locations across the province including Abbotsford, Kelowna, Campbell River, Vancouver, the North Shore and Prince George, each Foundry location will have a youth-friendly design, looking more like a hip urban loft than an adult health care clinic. The centres will build on existing community programs, and will unite local organizations under a single umbrella that will adapt to meet the specific needs of each community.
The Abbotsford location will be hosted by Abbotsford Community Services and involve 14 different local service providers. Foundry Abbotsford is expecting between 1,200 and 2,500 youth to access their services each year. The centre will be modelled after the Granville Youth Health Centre in Vancouver, a pilot project for the Foundry model and home to St. Paul’s Inner City Youth Program.
Operating since 2015, the Granville centre recorded 10,000 visits in the past six months with young people citing access to care is much easier and reporting dramatic improvements in both school and employment activities.
“The Vanderpol’s generous gift will contribute to allowing Foundry Abbotsford to open its doors later this year and offer youth in the community a safe space to access integrated care. Instead of having to navigate an array of different services, young people will be able to walk through one door to get the help they need,” says Simone Maassen, Manager of Youth Services, Abbotsford Community Services.
The innovative project has attracted significant donations due to the much needed services the six locations will provide. The Vanderpol family’s gift is timely, as the Robert L. Conconi Foundation has also just announced that now through to May 31, 2017, it will match donations to Foundry agencies in communities across B.C., including up to a total $50,000 in Abbotsford.
Committed to serving B.C.-based initiatives, particularly those that help contribute to a transformational shift for children and youth, Bob Conconi and his family put together the fundraising challenge so that all Foundry locations can open without delay.