BC & Canada Impact
British Columbia Seniors Outreach & Poverty Relief
In BC, Rick’s Heart Foundation runs its flagship program, Rick’s Heart for Music Program which helps to reach those who feel forgotten or left behind. Additionally, we close giving gaps by initiating new programs or making possible the work of other charities.
Loneliness, hunger, lack of access to basic hygiene. We can’t let this go on in British Columbia.
Outreach to Seniors in Care Homes
Rick watched the documentary, Alive Inside. He brought headphones to the care home, placed them over his father’s ears and played music.
“Just as the documentary showed, the results were astounding. His dad came to life — his eyes lit up as his head left his shoulder. Alert with memories that the songs resurfaced, (he) became engaged in the present by remembering the past.”
That moment was the beginning of Rick’s Heart for Music program, now reaching seniors across British Columbia.
Seniors Music Therapy: Heart for Music
The Heart for Music program equips seniors’ care homes with complete music programs.
Staff tell us that Heart for Music:
Our goal is to expand the Heart for Music program into senior care facilities across British Columbia.
Generous business sponsors have each funded a Heart For Music Start-Up Package, supplying individual care homes in British Columbia with everything they need to bring music to their seniors.
Heart for Music brings seniors joy, peace & happy memories
Heart For Music Care Home Sponsors
British Columbia’s Hygiene Poverty
From Hotels to Homeless Shelters: Delivering Soap for Hope
Child Hunger in British Columbia
Closing the Hunger Gap with Backpack Buddies
Backpack Buddies provided over 49,000 backpacks of food to children in BC in 2020.
Rick’s Heart Foundation has been happy to help Backpack Buddies expand into two new warehouses on Vancouver Island and currently sponsors the delivery of all their food to their Victoria warehouse.