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Mamas charity gets $100K donation to fight ‘invisible homelessness’ in Kelowna

Mothers hide homelessness by sleeping in cars while keeping kids clean and in school
A $50,000 cheque will help mothers on the street who work to keep their kids clean and in school. (Mamas for Mamas/Instagram)

The hardworking group at Mamas for Mamas has received $100,000 to combat ‘invisible homelessness’ in Kelowna.

The children of single mothers experiencing invisible homelessness are clean and go to school, but sometimes sleep without a roof over their heads.

These mothers tuck their kids in for bed in the back of their cars in parking lots or in a tent in a friend’s backyard, shower at gyms, do laundry at laundromats, and often work multiple jobs.

“It’s not for lack of effort, but lack of affordable housing that leads them here,” said Mamas for Mamas in a press release.

Initially the Stober Foundation donated $50,000 to empower mothers, caregivers and children after learning about the prevalence of invisible homelessness.

Then, Brent Marshall and Commercial Business Finders stepped up and pledged an additional $50,000 to help the people of the Central Okanagan. The money will be donated from the company’s 50 per cent commission give back initiative.

Mamas for Mamas will use the funds to provide people in need with the resources that they need to find stability and safety and to combat invisible homelessness.

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Jacqueline Gelineau

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