Today is a good reminder to check in with friends and family about their mental health. Let them know that mental health matters and is just as important as our physical health. Don’t forget to also remind yourself that YOUR mental health matters too! What are you doing for #SelfCare today? Make sure to watch the video posted on @BellLetsTalk on Facebook & Twitter, use the #BellLetsTalk hashtag, send text messages if you are a Bell user, and use the SnapChat Bell Let’s Talk filter because Bell will be donating 5 cents every time someone does any of these things towards mental health initiatives. Visit https://letstalk.bell.ca/en/ways-to-help for more information.
Our team at Threshold Housing wants to thank our community for the support we received in 2017. We want to thank all the people who helped us with our Shine a Light on Youth campaign during the months of November and December. From generous donors to all the individuals who showed up on event day and helped us make it a special day! We have posted photos from the Shine a Light on Youth event on November 25th when we lit up the tree in Bastion Square on our social media accounts. (Photos are also posted at the end of this post)
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We also want to thank the businesses and organizations in our community who helped us create more opportunities for youth in 2017. With the help of these businesses we are able to offer youth programming that is based off their interests. This allows youth to feel empowered and motivated to succeed. We also could not do this work without the fundraisers that are held for us. Thank you to the organizers of these events as well as the people who continuously support us by attending these events. We were also able to make the holidays special for the youth in 2017 with the help from generous community members and Coast Capital Savings. We are not able to make Threshold a home for youth without the support from our community. We truly believe it takes a village.
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.
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.