Spring Renewal at Holly House

Spring is normally the time for things to start afresh, from grass to trees awakening from their winter slumber.  Awash in bright colours, spring is a miraculous time as we see everything take on new life.

The Vancouver Island Stagers, Stylists and Re-designers (VISSR) took this spring magic to heart and put their professional expertise to work rejuvenating Holly House.

After a tour in late December, the VISSR decided that Holly House would be chosen as its special “Hands Up” project for 2013.

The VISSR Team starting at the top: Tracey, Stacey, Pauline,Dana, Melanie, Josee, Diana and Valerie (and where is Murray?)

Leadership Victoria puts Threshold on the Air

Thanks to the initiative of some very hard working professionals undergoing training through Leadership Victoria, Threshold was given an hour of radio time on the show “My Turn,”  on  The Zone @ 91.3 Modern Rock on March 21, from 3:00 to 4:00pm.

While this entire team of young pros, appropriately called “Team Awesome,” are indeed awesome, Rebecca Scott was able to have Threshold’s Executive Director, a House Mentor and a youth from Mitchell House moderate an entire hour of radio time.

The long playlist was put together by all the youth living under a Threshold roof.  During the show, special emphasis was put on searching for landlords for our SHY program (press red button in right column of website) and drumming up support a special events day organized by Team Awesome. To listen to this awesome broadcast, listen here!

At-Risk Youth have a Friend in Mischa Weisz

On behalf of the young women and men who are currently housed, and who will be housed, in the transitional housing programs run by the Threshold Housing Society in Victoria, we wish to thank the Mischa Weisz Foundation for its generous donation.

Born in 1956 in Barrie, Ontario, Mr. Weisz’s life is more than a Canadian success story.  In his 2009 autobiography, I Choose To Live: A Self-made Millionaire Faces Cancer, Mr. Weisz tells the amazing story of his life, from being the son of Holocaust survivors to the breakdown of his first marriage; from being unemployed to his accomplishments in the electronic banking business; and then, finally, his courageous fight with cancer.

Mischa Weisz

His story is inspiring at so many levels.  Underpinning his saga is his undaunted will to live and his enormous appetite to live life fully at every turn that expressed itself in his great sense of generosity to family, friends and the wider community.

December’s Angels

On behalf of the youth that Threshold is privileged to house and to aid in their journey to adulthood, the Staff and the Board would like to thank the various organizations and individuals that made this a special Christmas for our residents. Without their help and contributions, it would have been impossible to spread the Christmas spirit with such largesse.

In no particular order, Threshold gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:

* Many thanks to the Allegra Singers of Victoria (Jill, Sue, Penelope, Karin and many others) for putting on two absolutely marvelous choir performances on behalf of Threshold on Nov. 30th and Dec 1st.  These were magical concerts that had everyone in the Christmas spirit very quickly.

December's Angels

On behalf of the youth that Threshold is privileged to house and to aid in their journey to adulthood, the Staff and the Board would like to thank the various organizations and individuals that made this a special Christmas for our residents. Without their help and contributions, it would have been impossible to spread the Christmas spirit with such largesse.

In no particular order, Threshold gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:

* Many thanks to the Allegra Singers of Victoria (Jill, Sue, Penelope, Karin and many others) for putting on two absolutely marvelous choir performances on behalf of Threshold on Nov. 30th and Dec 1st.  These were magical concerts that had everyone in the Christmas spirit very quickly.

Youth Access Local Resources after Being Housed

Many people often comment with exasperation as to why many at-risk and homeless youth don’t access services that might help them.  A recent article in the Vancouver Sun lays out the reasoning quite clearly in summarizing the results of the At Home/Chez Soi study sponsored by the federal government.

Emily Grant finds her way off the street thanks to the "At Home/Chez Soi" Study sponsored by the federal government.

Only once a youth is housed properly, safely, securely, do they feel able and motivated to seek assistance for other issues going on in their life.  Long-term stable transitional housing has been shown over and over again to be a guaranteed path for people to stay off the streets and to build a life.  Support local politicians who support long-term stable housing for youth.

The Allegra Singers Sing their Hearts Out for Threshold

On Friday, November 30th and December 1, 2012, The Allegra Singers of Victoria will be performing a Winter Concert in support of the Threshold Housing Society.

The Allegra Singers is a wonderful choir established in 1996.  They perform a wide variety of music – from classical to jazz, gospel to musical theater, world music to pop, folk and rock. Their mission is to enjoy the songs they sing, improve their talents, to entertain and to touch the hearts of the audience and to have fun in the process.

Over the years, they have supported a number of local charities and non-profits providing service to the community including the Cridge Centre for the Family, Angel Flight of Vancouver Island, the Ovarian Cancer Society, and Project Literacy Victoria.

Please come and enjoy the energizing voices of the Allegra Singers.  What a great way to respond to the problem of youth homelessness in the region!

Vote for Threshold in the Aviva Insurance Community Fund Competition

Threshold’s SHY Program  is currently funded entirely on grants from the corporate sector. Without these grants, the program will close and a number of youth will lose their stable housing units.

How can you help?

Threshold has been entered into the Aviva Community Fund Competition, under the special category of “At-Risk Youth.”  The grand prize is $150,000.

To view our listing go to: http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/ideas/acf16277.

To vote go to: http://www.avivacommunityfund.org/about/voting.  You will have to register (click on yellow button “Register Now”) with your email address and a password. Anyone can vote across Canada as long as they are registered.

TELUS Community Board Supports Youth In Transition

“We believe in our hearts and in our minds that in order to do well in business, we must do ‘good’ in the communities where we live, work and serve… and we are passionately committed to our community giving philosophy.”    Darren Entwistle, CEO TELUS

 

The TELUS Communications Company stands by their word.  On November 1st, the company donated to the Safe Housing for Youth Program (SHY).

Ms. Gina Peccorelli, the Senior Manager, Community Affairs, for TELUS, hands a cheque to Tara Skobel, the SHY Program Coordinator.

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