Water fountain will save Unity House funds

Penticton Hospital Auxiliary donates $2500 towards a water system for Unity House.

Staff and clients are going to have a new source of drinking water at the Unity Clubhouse in Penticton.

The Canadian Mental Health Association received a $2500 donation from the Penticton Hospital Auxiliary for a drinking fountain for the centre.

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The new drinking fountain works by reverse osmosis, and produces fresh cold water from a faucet in the dining room of the clubhouse.

“Staff and clients are over the moon,” said Leah Schulting, executive director. It means that we do not have to drive to the store every week and fill up 6-8 jugs of water. In addition, the new system is cleaner, and will save the clubhouse thousands of dollars per year.

Unity House serves nutritious meals seven days per week to people living with a mental illness along with providing social, recreational and educational program. The goal is maximizing members’ independence, choice, individual growth and well-being. It is a safe and relaxed setting for people to come together. The clubhouse is open 7 days a week. Members volunteer to assist with the meals program that offers lunch daily and dinners twice a week.

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