The Foundry build in Cranbrook is underway. Photo courtesy EKFH

The Foundry build in Cranbrook is underway. Photo courtesy EKFH

EKFH concludes Foundry East Kootenay Build fundraising campaign

Over $2.3 million raised

The East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) has reached the end of their “Not Alone” fundraising campaign, and has declared it a success.

The campaign raised over $2.3 million towards building the Foundry Centre for youth.

Foundry East Kootenay has been several years in the making. Led and operated by Ktunaxa Kinbasket Child and Family Services (KKCFSS) as part of a provincial network of centres, the project that started with a fundraising goal of $1.4 million in 2020 and grew to a $4 million project when the housing market was at a high and the KKCFSS was unable to secure an existing space large enough to house Foundry.

The new build is designed for youth, by youth. Construction at the Foundry site, located at 100 12th Avenue South in Cranbrook began early in 2023. When completed in early 2024, the long awaited walk-in wellness centre for youth ages 12-24 will provide culturally based services including primary care, counseling, substance use and peer support to youth across the East Kootenay, ensuring that youth are able to get the help they need, when they need it.

““I am so very grateful for all of the amazing support that we have received for Foundry,” saId Brenna Baker, Executive Director for the EKFH. “Speaking first hand with a son who has struggled with addiction and alcoholism, I cannot say how Foundry is going to have such a positive impact on our youth. I look so forward to the doors opening. When Foundry helps a family or saves one life we are all going to know that everyone’s efforts were so worth it.”

RELATED: Foundry East Kootenay to break ground in coming months

RELATED: Foundry East Kootenay campaign gets boost from Teck