News and Events

#GivingTuesday 2020

Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society is participating in #GivingTuesday – an online global generosity movement. In the following few weeks leading up to December 1, 2020 we encourage you to help support our Family Stepping Stone program (FSS), which provides safe supportive long-term housing to mothers and children who are feeling domestic violence.  FSS is not funded by the government, but is very much needed in our community.  Over 300 women and their children need this type of long-term housing.

Free Webinar – What Every Tenant Needs to Know!

In this webinar, our poverty law advocate Erik Nelson will present on various issues that every tenant in British Columbia should know when renting. Not only will you learn your rights and obligations as a tenant when renting a place in British Columbia but also what a landlord can or cannot do under the Residential Tenancy Act and Regulations. The webinar is free of charge, but registration is required.


Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/…/reg…/WN_Xu-IMlABRKm4htMr2ZbN6w

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2020 Women’s Educational Bursary

Kamloops Elizabeth Fry Women’s Educational Bursary Application

Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society is a community based non-profit agency that offers programs and services in the areas of housing and community justice to people in the Kamloops area, with a focus on women and youth.

This bursary has been established to offer financial assistance to women, as the Society seeks to support applicants both practically and emotionally, and to foster personal growth and empowerment.

The purpose of the Kamloops Elizabeth Fry Women’s Educational Bursary is to offer financial assistance to women, 18 years and older, who are moving to enhance their economic independence and self-sufficiency. The bursary will be awarded to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who will be attending a recognized Canadian College, trades school, or university.  Any program will be considered, with the ultimate goal of obtaining a certificate, diploma and/or a degree.  Current or past clients of Elizabeth Fry are encouraged to apply. 

Applicants are requested to fill out the attached application form and provide all the information required. Please ensure that all necessary documentation is completed, signed and that all supporting material is enclosed (copies are acceptable as applications will not be returned).

Applications will be accepted from February 15, 2020 to April 01, 2020.

Late, unsigned or incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Should you have questions or need assistance filling out your application, please do not

hesitate to contact the Society.

Please note the following:

  1. Candidates cannot be employees, family of employees, or Board members of KDEFS.
  2. KDEFS staff is unable to provide letters of reference for applicants.
  3. The bursary is awarded upon proof of registration from the institution’s registrar, and will be dispersed directly to the educational institution.
  4. Should you withdraw from the educational institution, please contact KDEFS to discuss your options.

Lizzy’s Closet  – currently closed

Lizzy’s Closet is currently closed, due to COVID-19. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, as a precaution, Kamloops & District Elizabeth Fry Society will not be holding our regular Lizzy’s Closet dates or be taking any donations until further notice. Thank you for your understanding.

Rent Bank

We’ve been in the news! We are so excited to be opening doors to Kamloops Rent Bank this February. Rent banks provide emergency loans at a low interest rate for people who are going to be evicted from their housing or cut-off from their utilities. Rent banks are for low-income wage earners. People who qualify will have stable income and will have been in stable housing for over a year, those who don’t qualify will be connected with other supports.

These emergency funds keep people with nowhere else to turn from becoming homeless and entering the cycle of poverty. The Kamloops and District Elizabeth Fry Society administrates this program, which is overseen by a community board.

Want to see what others are saying?

Kamloops Daily News: Kamloops Rent Bank Opens Doors In February

http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20130114/KAMLOOPS0101/301149991/0/kamloops/rent-bank-opens-doors-in-february

Kamloops This Week: Kamloops Rent Bank Opens in February

http://www.kamloopsthisweek.com/news/187001831.html

Kamloops Daily News: Gilchrist: Rent Bank Benefits Outweigh Any Costs

http://www.kamloopsnews.ca/article/20130118/KAMLOOPS0304/130119852/-1/kamloops/gilchrist-rent-bank-benefits-outweigh-any-costs

United Way Thompson Nicola Cariboo blog: Kamloops Rent Bank Starting in February 2013

Recap: Taxes and Finances

Did you miss our January group session on new tax law and managing personal finances? In case you did, here’€™s the resources we discussed:

New mandatory legislation comes into effect Spring 2013- learn about it here: www.cra-arc.gc.ca

Budgeting- what is it, how can it help, where to start- resources here: www.itpaystoknow.gc.ca & www.debtfreeforever.ca