The first of its kind in BC.
WOW stands for Wellness on Wheels, a rolling revolution started by the initiators of the Foundry Kelowna. The WOW mobile will bring young people in need low barrier-access to health care, where it is needed, when it’s needed.
Since 2017 the Foundry Kelowna has been helping thousands of youth from ages 12-24 and their families, providing mental health support without bureaucracy. With this first-of-its-kind mobile health unit the Foundry is driving its mission even further. The Blenk Family has been following the Foundry journey from concept to reality. Together with all our generous supporters we helped fund both, the stationary and the mobile Foundry. In May 2021 the vehicle arrived in Kelowna and we were invited on a tour.
As Jessica Samuels from CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) explained, the uplifting exterior and interior design of the mobile came alive with the help of over 100 young people from across the Central Okanagan. Through a survey the youth itself picked the colours as well as the animals and plants depicted. One exceptional art piece that’s going to greet visitors right at the entrance is currently still being designed and painted by the Westbank First Nation. We will share it as soon as it’s installed.
Finding support should never be difficult for young people, no matter where they live and whether they are mobile themselves. The Wellness on Wheels Unit will drive right into the communities in the Central Okanagan outside Kelowna, including Westbank First Nation, West Kelowna and Lake Country, to complement Foundry Kelowna and bring its free services to more young folks.
For more information and updates make sure to follow Foundry Kelowna and CMHA on Instagram and Facebook and check out Foundry’s website.