As many of us were chalking our doors and praying for our homes and churches in the days around Epiphany, another important house blessing was occurring in the diocese. On January 4, Bishop Logan McMenamie presided at the blessing of Threshold House, the fourth and newest home opened in Victoria by the Threshold Housing Society (see November 2016 issue of The Diocesan Post for more about the Grand Opening).
A ministry of the Diocese of British Columbia, the first of Threshold Housing Society’s homes was opened 25 years ago. Through the faithful giving of Anglicans to “Anglicans in Mission” (and later to the “Anglican Appeal”), our diocese was able to hire Church Army chaplain, Rick Sandberg. Together, Rick Sandberg and a group of concerned Anglican parishioners in the Greater Victoria region provided the inspiration for establishing Threshold Housing Society.
Because of this strong relationship with the Diocese of British Columbia, each of Threshold’s houses has been blessed by the bishop. Bishop Barry Jenks remembers blessing Threshold’s first house, Mitchell House for young men, when it opened in 1992. He was also there for the opening and blessing of Threshold’s second house, Holly House for young women, which opened in 1997. Bishop Logan blessed the third house, Forrest House, upon its opening in 2014.
This exemption is for non-profit organizations to encourage the construction of new affordable rental housing among other purposes within our community, all geared towards improving the housing safety and availability in Victoria.
Assistance like this three year exemption from the city is vital to the long term sustainability of our organization as well as being a wonderful acknowledgement of the value Threshold offers to the Victoria community overall.
The scene at Gorge-ous Coffee on Saturday January 14th was a true example of a village coming together and creating something amazing. 14 musicians, an engaged local community, and of course expertly brewed coffee came together and raised $2090.70 for the youth of Threshold Housing Society.
Dozens of people worked together to create this event who all deserve our heartfelt thanks (along with several hundred people who visited and donated generously), but a few special shout outs.
Robbie Hancock, a recent addition to the Victoria but a veteran of the Canadian music scene made all of this happen. From connecting with Leslie and Jim, the owners of Gorge-ous Coffee, to pulling together over a dozen Victoria musicians, to co-MC’ing the event, none of this would have been possible without the passionate work of Robbie. Please support him by following him on Facebook and visiting Robbie’s website.
Coffee + Music + Supporting Youth = A great Saturday Afternoon
This coming Saturday, January 14, 2017, a Canadian musician named Robbie Hancock will be holding a day-long music-fest at Gorge-ous Coffee which is located at 103-300 Gorge Rd W (Gorge Rd at Tillicum). There are approximately 20 committed local musicians planning to play from about noon to 10:00pm. All proceeds and donations will go to THS.
Robbie’s website is a great source of information. He is an accomplished musician with a heart for youth issues. He held this type of fundraiser in London, Ontario for a youth organization for several years before moving to Victoria.
Recently due to help from a few organizations, Threshold Housing Society has had the opportunity this holiday season to gain some great visibility. Today we had a full page ad in the Times Colonist letting Victoria know that we are able to take text donations. Additionally we went a bit more old school and circulated 1000 holiday card packages to select neighbours in Oak Bay.
This increased visibility is vital to the sustainability of Threshold Housing. In the last 4 years we have seen the organization grow several fold from 9 youths housed to 36 since September. We are pleased to be working to assist vulnerable youth especially with the unfortunate increases in demand. But we can’t do it alone.
On the Island is CBC Radio One’s current affairs morning show covering Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands and the Sunshine Coast. Host Gregor Craigie speaks with Threshold Housing Society’s Executive Director Mark Muldoon.
What does youth homelessness look like in Greater Victoria
Overwhelming need versus limited resources available for vulnerable youth
Threshold Housing programs including transitional housing and Life Skills and continuum of housing solutions for youth
National youth homelessness crisis and THS growing to meet the needs
Threshold Housing plans for the future
Threshold House, our most recently opened home for youth in need of housing, is proudly supported by:
Threshold Housing Opens New House for Vulnerable Youth
By Mark Muldoon and Jo-Ann Roberts
The Threshold Housing Society is proud to announce the opening of Threshold House, its fourth transitional house for youth at risk of becoming homeless.
The new house has been made available through a leasing agreement with the Oak Bay United Church. Formerly the Easter Seals House, Threshold House contains self-contained units with a large common area, kitchen and gardens. The house opened its doors September 1 and it is currently full.
Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News MLA Andrew Weaver (left) and Coast Capital Savings President and CEO, Don Coulter (second from the right) win the race among dignitaries cutting the ribbon to officially open Threshold House in Oak Bay.
Early Intervention to Detect Mental Illness is a MUST to assist Youth
A recent study once again emphasizes the need for early intervention for the detection and treatment of mental illness. Far too many youth at risk of becoming homeless enter into our programs with undiagnosed mental health issues that stymie their attempts at achieving independence.
As the Globe and Mail reports on the study, “Early intervention is the holy grail of mental illness – a goal the public system aspires to, but less often delivers. People struggling with mental disorders do better the earlier they get help, and yet, while the symptoms typically emerge at a young age, treatment often doesn’t happen until much later.”
The head researcher, Dr. Rudolf Uher, argues that: “”We found that when people were talking about early interventions it was at a point when it was almost already at a full mental illness. We weren’t treating patients early enough. It’s much easier to work with anxiety in a 10-year-old, than psychosis in an adult.”
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