Foundry Kelowna temporarily closed

Foundary Kelowna

No one was hurt in a small fire at Foundry Kelowna Tuesday night. The youth mental health centre will be temporarily closed for approximately
four weeks but staff are working to find alternate locations for services.

The cause of the fire was determined to be a stove element, accidentally left on, that ignited a toaster. Cleaners discovered the fire at about 8pm and immediately called
the fire department who were able to quickly put the fire out. The fire damaged a small area near the stove however smoke damage has affected the entire centre.
Partner organizations with staff who were working out of Foundry Kelowna have been temporarily relocated.

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Kelowna staff who were working at the centre are now at the organization’s Sutherland location and working with the wider
community to establish alternate sites for Foundry Kelowna services.

Individuals who have existing appointments will be contacted and given information on their appointment location. All calls to Foundry Kelowna are being routed through
CMHA, for anyone who has a question about their upcoming appointment they can call 236 420 2803.

The CMHA Kelowna Branch is a charity that promotes the mental health of all through community-based programs and services, public education, advocacy and
research. It is the lead agency and operator of Foundry Kelowna an integrated youth and family centre that unites partner organizations to provide coordinated services
addressing the primary care, mental health, substance use, counselling and social service needs of youth aged 12 - 24 and their families. CMHA Kelowna is part of a
network of more than 10,000 CMHA volunteers and staff in more than 80 branches across Canada.