Our cherished Centre was suddenly and safely evacuated on August 18th, 2023 as wildfires threatened the community of Sorrento, causing devastating destruction to communities around us. Regrettably, our most significant event of the year had to be cancelled, and the financial implications to our little centre were staggering.
Many of our neighbours lost homes and buildings and suffered other impacts from the wildfire. We continue to work with our neighbours in practical efforts to provide emergency assistance as well as start the recovery and re-building for our devastated region.
As we navigate this challenging time, please know your donations, big or small can make a difference. Let’s unite in thought and prayer, fostering hope and renewal for our beloved community.
The Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre is a non-profit society and a charitable organization. We don’t exist to generate profits for anonymous investors. Every penny we receive in earned income, and every donation and grant given to us, is invested in our beloved Centre in people, place and program. We are not only a treasured destination for many across Canada and internationally, but we are growing as a valued community hub in the Shuswap.
So much more than a summer family camp, Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre strengthens our entire region as a vital and dynamic part of the South Shuswap. People just love it here! Whether it’s banjo players and yoga practitioners, fibre artists and outdoors enthusiasts, or the generations of families that have joined us since we were founded in 1963 by a group of visionary Anglicans, we see evidence every day of this strong and abiding affection.
We are ever so grateful for every contribution and gift – whether one-time or monthly donation or annual legacy.
You can be assured that your generous gifts are being invested wisely in youth programming, visionary projects around our campus (like our solar panels), community initiatives (such as our emergency meal program) and in strengthening our Centre so that we continue to nourish body, mind and spirit.
By making a donation to Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre, you are supporting our year-round mission.
Thank you for your support
Supporting a new generation of young adults
For almost six decades, generations of young people from all over Canada, and indeed the world, have come together at Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre for enriching leadership training, spiritual retreats and life-changing experiences with their first-ever job experience, living communally. Supporting youth leadership is deeply rooted in the Centre’s traditions ever since first youth program in 1965, with a focus on personal and leadership development, spiritual formation and community service.
Committed to strong vision and sound values:
Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre seeks to live fully into our vision and values with ethical practices that are socially and financially responsible. We are committed to:
- reducing our carbon footprint with our solar panels, organic heat transfer system and other projects;
- being excellent stewards of our 24-acre main campus, with its fields, gardens, orchards, residential buildings, campgrounds, meeting places, forests, wetlands and waterfront, as well as our 8-acre natural farm;
- offering financial assistance to lower-income people who might otherwise not be able to participate in our events and activities;
- producing locally-grown, healthy and nutritious food that goes into our kitchen and the surrounding community;
- demonstrate leadership in our community and across Canada in social and economic justice;
- offer comfortable and affordable accommodation and meals for our guests; and,
- fully engage the minds, hearts and spirits of all those who enter into our space.
Abundant clean, green solar energy
Enhanced in 2020, the solar array up on the roof of Spes Bona is only one of the ways Sorrento Retreat and Conference Centre continues to show commitment to environmental sustainability. On sunny days, the panels power our main admin building and surplus flows into the grid. We are offsetting energy costs and gaining new revenue.
Your donations are powering a clean, green energy revolution… and you are helping throughout the campus with a growing number of small projects around the campus.
Feeding the hungry
Since the start of the pandemic, more than 97,000 tasty and nutritious meals have been prepared in our commercial kitchen and delivered to people who are hungry in our region. Every morning, a small crew of drivers take turns making the daily drive through all sorts of weather to deliver fresh and nutritious meals to: people who are homeless, people in homeless shelters and transitional housing, women and children in women’s shelters, supportive and affordable housing tenants and people living with various health conditions.
In addition, our kitchen also serves thousands of meals annually to guests on our campus, including – as circumstances require – people who have sought refuge from forest fires and flooding.
With sky-rocketing inflationary food prices, supply chain issues and ever-increasting fuel costs, we need your help so we can continue this important work. Please consider making a one-time donation or set up a monthly contribution. We need your support all year ’round. Not just at Christmas!
Thank you for your financial gifts!
Our CRA Charitable Number is 129144549 RR0021
It’s easy to bless Sorrento Centre.
- Send a cheque (or a series of post-dated cheques) in the mail to Box 99, Sorrento BC V0E 2W0 (or drop one off whenever you are here)
- Send an e-transfer (send to email@example.com)
- Donate online through our trusted online payment portal
- Make Sorrento Centre part of your legacy planning. Talk to Michael for more information 250-675-2421ext 102 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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