The Mountain Plains Community Services Society of the North is celebrating 50 years of helping scores of people in the Grande Prairie region with a gala set for August 27th. Executive Director Jessica Beauchamp says they’re hoping to not only give thanks to those across the region who have helped along the way over the past half-century but also take the opportunity to look inward reflect on the lives they’ve touched.
“We’ve been supporting families and high risk youth for 50 years, and within the last 15 years or so, we started supporting the developmental disability sector,” she says. “At the end of the day, we are here to help people navigate the hard parts of life and anyway we can help and support, that’s what we want to prioritize.”
The gala at the Pomeroy Hotel will include an evening of fine dining, live music, and the entertainment of MIND MAGIC Mentalist Louis Pezzani, along with door prizes and auctions. Beauchamp says it will also be a chance for the organization to have a discussion with community leaders about their efforts to grow and continue to serve those in the Peace Country.
“We have about 14 houses throughout the community that supports high-risk youth and adults with disabilities,” she says. “We’ve got a couple of youth group homes, so we support people in treatment group homes, as well as the solstice wellness centre, which is a voluntary detox program and mental health support program.”
Mountain Plains Community Services Society of the North is a non-profit, charitable society that works with community partners to provide social support programs that address youth mental health concerns, support adults with living with disabilities or complex behavioral issues. They are also work to help individuals who need extra support in their everyday life and youth in developing independent living and life skills.
Tickets to the gala can be found on EventBrite.