Natalie Serl, is a member of Rotary West and project manager of housing and homelessness for the City of Kamloops. Brad Serl is her husband and a member of our club. They presented on the City Homeless Count, which took place last October. For this count, they looked at gender, age, mental health issues, substance abuse issues. Sometimes homelessness is hidden (i.e. couch surfing). Of 100 surveyed, 50% were under 40, 78% of those counted were male and 22% female. Homelessness may be caused by / perpetuated by addiction and substance use – it makes it difficult to find housing once they are in the cycle of additions and homelessness, eviction and illness/medical conditions.

Brad and Natalie also told us about a new event, a partnership between our club and Rotary West -- Iron Sommelier - July 22nd.  50% of this fabulous event with 5-course meal and wine pairings will go to end youth homelessness (support 16-24 year old moms) through A Way Home, and 50% will be split between the two clubs to go towards other community programs. For more information, visit the Iron Sommelier Facebook page.