New West nonprofit raises funds to support mental illness


Fraserside Community Services raises funds to support community members with mental illness.

A new fundraising campaign aims to raise enough money to replace a 17-year-old van that served as a lifeline by allowing people to participate in community activities. The New Leaf Clubhouse in Fraserside supports 132 adults living with serious mental illness.

“This van provides a valuable connection for people living with mental illness to the larger community,” Fraserside CEO Lynda Edmonds said in a press release. “This is especially important at this time, with so many people suffering from social isolation.”

According to Fraserside, members of the New Leaf Clubhouse rely on the van for outings in the community. It is also used to transport the New Leaf indoor hockey and baseball teams to their games.

“The aging 15-seater van is running out of steam and needs to be replaced,” the press release said. “Without a reliable vehicle to rely on, members will lose meaningful participation in the community, an important part of their recovery. “

Fraserside aims to raise $ 70,000 to replace the pickup truck and hopes to purchase a new vehicle in early 2022. He receives help along the way from modern Italian restaurant Piva in New West, which equates to $ 10,000.

“We appeal to the generous spirit of the residents of New West, to help people living with mental illness experience a sense of belonging to the community,” said Edmonds. “We hope that the generosity of the modern Italian restaurant Piva will inspire others to support this project as well.”

New Leaf Clubhouse offers personal wellness, employment, life skills, counseling and recreation programs. She also operates a food bank.

Considered an essential service for its members, the New Leaf Clubhouse has remained open since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“For people with mental illness, the pandemic has been a particularly difficult time. The decrease in social connections has had a negative impact on mental health and has increased the need for additional support, ”the press release said. “Most New Leaf members cannot afford social activities beyond the cost of rent and food, which makes outings and community activities at the Clubhouse a key source of meaningful social interaction. “

Donations for the van can be made online at www.fraserside.bc.ca, by calling 604-522-3722 ext. 111 or by mail (# 330-550 Sixth St., New Westminster BC V3L 3B7).


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