Important Growing Together Update

2019 Christmas Hamper Fund

A huge Thank You to everyone who contributed to the 2019 Christmas Hamper Fund!

Cash donations ranged anywhere from $5.00 to $3,000. Every dollar counted and together – what a difference we made! Thanks to your incredible generosity and support; 182 children, 73 families and 3 individuals in the Surrey region will have a brighter Christmas.

In addition to cash donations, just a few of the items gratefully accepted and distributed were brand new toys, knitted items including blankets, scarves and toques, socks, gloves and gift cards.

We wish you and your family the very best this Holiday Season and look forward to working with you more in the 2020!

Options Community Services and the Surrey School District are pleased to announce that we have come to an agreement regarding the joint operation of the Growing Together Program at Guildford Park Secondary. Options Community Services will remain in its current location and continue to provide childcare and wrap-around services for young parents finishing their high school education until July 2020.

“The most important thing for us was providing certainty, as soon as we could, to Growing Together students and community families who are taking part in the provincial $10/Day Pilot Program about their access to childcare in the fall. We have achieved that,” says Options' CEO Christine Mohr. “We will continue our search for a new location and are confident that we will be able to move without disrupting childcare and services, to those who count on us.”

“Our board’s priority is supporting our young mothers who are students of the Surrey School District as they work towards graduation and beyond,” says Surrey Board of Education chairwoman Laurie Larsen. “Trustees are pleased to be able to move forward with that support in an effective manner and continue to ensure district resources are focused on our students.”

For more information, please contact:

Christine Mohr
Chief Executive Officer
Options Community Services
604.584.5811 | christine.mohr@options.bc.ca

Doug Strachan
Manager, Communication Services
778.772.5032 | strachan_d@surreyschools.ca

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