The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre’s annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

The lights of Discovery House were turned on to shine a light on addiction on Dec. 19, as part of the recovery centre’s annual holiday campaign. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

Discovery House closing in on fundraising goal

The recovery centre is $6,000 shy of their $100,000 goal

With just a day left in their 2020 Shed the Light on Addiction campaign, Discovery House is close to reaching their goal for the year.

The Penticton men’s addiction recovery centre is within $6,000 of their $100,000 goal.

READ MORE: ‘More important than ever’: Discovery House shines light on addiction

Meeting that goal would allow Discovery House to put a down payment on a new property that would allow them to add eight additional beds for their treatment program.

At the start of the campaign, the goal had been for $40,000, but Discovery House beat that goal quickly after receiving a $50,000 donation from Parkers Chrysler and owner Janet Parker.

The year has been a hard one for Discovery House, with seven alumni of the program among those who have died from overdose this year.

“It’s been a really hard year with losses,” said executive director Jerome Abraham at the Discovery House lighting up on Dec. 19. “It seems like every two to six weeks, we lose another person that’s close to us.”

READ MORE: 153 people died of drug overdoses in November in B.C.; deaths climb in seniors

There is still time to donate and support the program to help them meet their goal.

The campaign continues through to the end of 2020, and single bulbs can be purchased for $10, or a strand of 25 for $250, with donations over $20 receiving a tax receipt.

Bulbs can be purchased by phoning 250-462-1388, by emailing prrs@shaw.ca or by going to the Penticton Recovery Resource Society page on CanadaHelps.org.

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