Langley-based financial institute donates $ 5,000 to improve support for youth mental health – Aldergrove Star
With a generous donation, youth in care can expect to receive increased mental health support.
Envision Financial, a division of First West Credit Union, headquartered in Langley, donated $ 5,000 to SOS Children’s Village BC and its efforts to support youth in or aging out of care .
“We are now at a point where we can easily meet the increasing needs for mental well-being and provide young people with strategies to develop skills that will keep them healthy for life,” said Kistie Singh, Director General of SOS Children’s Village BC.
These young people have been under COVID-19 restrictions for 17 long months, resulting in precarious mental health and great need, according to the child development organization.
With this grant, Envision Financial has become the official financial partner of the SOS Children’s Village BC mental health program. The grant will support the youth of the village of Surrey and the greater community through a series of summer mental health retreats.
“As a financial cooperative, Envision Financial truly believes in the power of partnerships and the development of our communities,” said David Lanphear, President of Envision Financial.
“There has been a continued need for mental health programs in our communities – particularly during the pandemic – and we are delighted to partner with SOS Children’s Village BC to bring these important programs to life. “
SOS Children’s Villages has existed for over 70 years with a presence in 136 countries and 559 villages. British Columbia is home to the only SOS Children’s Village in Canada. SOS Children’s Village BC offers homes, a supportive community, and programs to help foster children and youth in need grow into caring, empowered adults.
For more information on SOS Children’s Village BC programs, visit www.sosbc.org.