SOS Children's Village BC

Loving Home Care Services is a proud supporter of SOS Children’s Village BC, the largest non-governmental, non-denominational child development organization in the world. SOS Children’s Villages has existed for over 65 years with a presence in 135 countries and 572 Villages, with a seat at the UN to be the voice for the rights of children everywhere. SOS Children’s Village BC was founded in 1986 as a grassroots response to deficiencies in the provincial foster care system characterized by frequent placement breakdowns and moves for children and youth, and the separation of siblings into different homes. Even today, the state of foster care remains a “North American epidemic”.

Foster children are frequently at risk of emotional disturbances, delayed social development, and poor educational performance. Foster parents who raise these children require ongoing special resources and support. SOS Children’s Village BC enhances the development and healing of foster children by addressing their physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs. They ensure long term stability with a strong focus on transition to adulthood programming and aging out of care.

SOS History

In 1980 the founders of SOS Children’s Village BC, Gilles and Lois Bouchard, were troubled by the unstable life of a 15-year-old girl who entered their lives. She had been in foster care from the age of 6. She was separated from all her siblings and lived in several foster homes (some extremely difficult) with three different placements just between age 15 and 16 alone. At 19, she received a government cheque for $400 and was on her own in the world, struggling to survive without family or adequate education.

The research of the founding members led to the discovery of SOS Children’s Villages. The first SOS Village was founded in 1949 in Austria by a student of pediatric medicine, Hermann Gmeiner. SOS Children’s Villages has been dedicated to providing family-based, long-term care to children who cannot grow up with their biological families. It also focuses on strengthening families and communities so that conditions that cause children to be placed in out of home care are avoided. Today Gmeiner’s vision for children and family is reflected in the continuum of service demonstrated through 570 Villages in 135 countries, 396 Youth Facilities, 231 Kindergartens, 185 Schools, 61 Vocational Centres, 575 Social Centres, 65 Medical Centres, 9 Emergency Relief programs, impacting the lives of over 1 million people each year.

Today an estimated 140 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents, and that number is expected to increase. Most of these children do not have access to education, clean water, food, medical care, and many do not have homes.

SOS Children’s Villages continues to respond to the call of children in 135 countries. With over 570 SOS Villages, SOS Children’s Villages is currently raising more than 96,000 needy children. Calls of SOS in the communities surrounding the SOS Villages have also been heard and over a million children and adults are being responded to daily in over 2,000 SOS Family-Based Care facilities worldwide.

The Meaning Of SOS

You have probably seen the acronym “S.O.S.” before, but do you know what “SOS” stands for in the name SOS Children’s Villages, the world’s largest organization caring for orphaned and abandoned children?

Before it was called SOS Children’s Villages, Hermann Gmeiner’s (pictured below) Societas Socialis was a social club organized to raise funds for the care of orphaned children in Austria.

To Gmeiner and his supporters, SOS meant socially responsible society. Gmeiner believed that every child deserves a mother, as well as brothers and sisters, a home and a supportive community environment. Officially founded in 1949, Hermann Gmeiner refined the name to SOS Children’s Villages to emphasize the call for attention to children in need worldwide.

Those four essential needs have become the principles that lead each SOS Children’s Village. All SOS Villages continue to answer the SOS call of children around the world by providing safe, loving homes and happy childhoods.

SOS In The Present & Future

Some people think “SOS” means “Save Our Souls”, “Send Our Succor”, or “Save Our Ship”. The original use of “SOS,” however, dates back to 1908 and the International Morse Code distress signal used with maritime radio systems. In Morse Code, “SOS” is a signal sequence of three dits, three dats, and another three dits spelling “S-O-S”. The expression “Save Our Ship” was probably coined by sailors to signal for help from a vessel in distress.

Today an estimated 140 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents, and that number is expected to increase. Most of these children do not have access to education, clean water, food, medical care, and many do not have homes.

SOS Children’s Villages continues to respond to the call of children in 135 countries. With over 570 SOS Villages, SOS Children’s Villages is currently raising more than 96,000 needy children. Calls of SOS in the communities surrounding the SOS Villages have also been heard and over a million children and adults are being responded to daily in over 2,000 SOS Family-Based Care facilities worldwide.

Ethical Fundraising

Their donor commitment is to abide by the Fundraising Code of Ethics which declares that a trust relationship exists between SOS Children’s Village BC and the public to whom it appeals for financial gifts in support of its programs and services.

They provide programs that are measured against national standards of ‘best practice’. Through our accreditation with the Council on Accreditation (COA), they have demonstrated that we meet the highest national standards of professional performance.

SOS Children’s Village BC is part of Imagine Canada’s Ethical Program. The Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code lays out a set of standards for charitable organizations to manage and report their financial affairs responsibly. The Ethical Code is available by going to www.imaginecanada.ca.

SOS Liquidation Services

SOS LS is a social enterprise that provides unmatched, professional estate liquidation services and home or warehouse contents removal to the benefit of all clients. Proceeds generated from operations are directly contributed to local organizations supporting BC foster children and youth, namely SOS Children’s Village BC.

Founded in 2016, SOS LS is led by a group of experienced realtors and liquidators who are committed to providing clients with the highest quality contents removal services.

At SOS LS, they believe that every child deserves to grow up in a safe, stable, loving environment. BC’s population of vulnerable children face massive challenges on a daily basis. By hiring our professional services, you are helping provide warm shelters and invaluable social services to these individuals.

SOS Celebrated Ambassadors

SOS Children’s Villages Ambassadors are a vital part their work internationally. Around the world, significant figures in a number of walks of life have shown their commitment to the children in their care by lending their name to the charity and helping to promote their work.

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