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.
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.”
Canada’s leaders in sustainable West Coast homes were highlighted at the 2016 CARE Awards on October 1st at the Fairmont Empress Hotel.
Among the worthy winners was our own Jo-Ann Roberts who received the Building Better Futures Community Award for her fundraising work with Threshold Housing Society.
The Victoria Residential Builders Association created the Construction Achievements and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards in 1991 to recognize the west coast’s creative design and craftsmanship, and celebrate excellence in the industry.
How The Home Depot Canada Foundation is helping put an end to youth homelessness with “Paper Doors”
The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to ending youth homelessness, pledging to invest $10 million over three years through The Orange Door Project. This initiative will give homeless youth the housing, support and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives.
One component of The Orange Door Project is The Home Depot’s national fundraising campaign. From now until October 9, The Home Depot customers can buy a $2 paper door in support of a local youth-focused housing charity.
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