February 21, 2022
TELUS Friendly Future Foundation Donates $150,000 to BETTER App
Better App supports connection for people in recovery with each other, and increases efforts to prevent overdose deaths, and inspire peer to peer community-based support and hope
Vancouver, BC, February 21st – The official announcement by the Last Door Recovery Society will present the updated BETTER App, made possible through a $150,000 donation from TELUS Friendly Future Foundation® . For over 6 months, Last Door facilitated peer-designed working groups to create user functionality and new feature design. These were developed via new code to successfully improve the end-user experience.
The launch takes place February 21st at 1:30 pm at the Vancouver Art Gallery on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ peoples
COVID-19 and the overdose crisis continue to severely impact individuals with addiction, as more people are using substances and consuming substances at a greater rate. As a result, our communities have lost thousands of people to suspected overdoses. BETTER App uses smartphone technology to build bridges to encourage support and connection necessary to ensure people are not alone.
“Last Door continues to support improvements to BETTER App to increase the community’s connection and safety, so people are able to have support at their fingertips, even when consuming substances alone. The recovery community has accessed connection more than ever before through digital platforms during the pandemic, the BETTER App creates a way to access this support locally and nationally- building connections, carrying hope and compassion, sharing trails and celebrations together.
Jared Nilsson, Executive Director Last Door Recovery Society
TELUS Friendly Future Foundation’s substantial donation contributes to saving lives by building recovery capital in individuals with addiction and those who are in recovery. The app provides numerous digital recovery-oriented functionalities – individuals assess their recovery capital, create, and pursue recovery goals, and support peers through being digital spotters through a dedicated overdose tool called – the Safety Net.
“As this unprecedented public health emergency continues, TELUS Friendly Future Foundation remains focused on supporting our communities across the country,” said Shanan Spencer-Brown, Executive Director, TELUS Friendly Future Foundation. “Supporting the BETTER App, is one way we are doing our part to help organizations across Canada recover from the long-lasting negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. TELUS Friendly Future Foundation is honoured to support Last Door Recovery Society and commends them for their impressive work and for taking care of Canadians across Canada.
For more information on Last Door Recovery Society and the BETTER App donation, please visit www.BetterApp.ca, and for more information on TELUS Friendly Future Foundation visit www.friendlyfuture.com.
Last Door Recovery Society is a non-profit charity that provides accredited, licensed, and regulated bed-based addiction treatment services for youth, adults, and families.
Last Door Recovery Society, Executive Director Jared Nilsson email@example.com
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