A year in our new home!

February 22, 2011 marks the first year anniversary of Mitchell House’s new location in the Oak Bay vicinity. The new location and house is fabulous. The floor plan is spacious and the kitchen area central. The House Mentor, Graham Kelly, celebrated the anniversary with a house meeting and a big cake. The anniversary coincides with the arrival of two new residents. Rick Sandberg is the Weekend Mentor at Mitchell House and also our Webmaster. Congratulations Graham and Rick.

Garden Day at Holly House! February 19, 2011

Many thanks to the volunteers from London Drugs who donated their time and muscle to dig up the sod and stake out a garden at Holly House.  The vision is to have a sustaining vegetable garden in the sunny backyard of the house supplying the residents with fresh greens.  On hand to help from Threshold were Roger Plant (left) and Rebekah Humphrey (second from left). Many thanks to Lilaine Galway, Community Impact Associate for the United Way who organized and assisted in having the awesome volunteers from London Drug pitch in and assist at-risk youth.

Volunteer Fair

On February 12, The Threshold Housing Society was invited to participate in the annual Volunteer Fair sponsored by Hillside Mall. Mr. Bob Porter, Treasurer, and Mrs. Kyra Henry, the Administrative Assistant, were on hand to inform and educate shoppers and the public about the work of the society in the community.

The Society is currently enlisting volunteers for its Mardi Gras event to be held in 2012. If you are interested in volunteering for either the planning committee or working committee, please contact info@thresholdhousing.ca

Valentine's Day graduation

Valentine's cupcakes were part of graduation celebration. (Photo by Peggy English)

Valentine’s Day (actually February 10, 2011) was the perfect occasion to have a party and to say good-bye to one of our residents who has been residing in Mitchell House for just under a year.  Having worked hard to complete his school diploma, our resident found a good job and felt ready to live independently.  Congratulations and best wishes!

Flanked by Rebekah Humphrey, House Mentor for Holly House, and Graham Kelly, House Mentor for Mitchell House, our resident holds a quilt that each resident receives upon leaving. Each quilt is a work of beauty, hand stitched with love, and a reminder that care and compassion comes from many directions to help each of us along the away. The quilt is also a symbol of sanctuary, that we each need a warm house, apartment, room, or cosy corner to call our own, where we can feel safe, regenerate our energies and dream our dreams for the future.

Valentine’s Day graduation

Valentine's cupcakes were part of graduation celebration. (Photo by Peggy English)

Valentine’s Day (actually February 10, 2011) was the perfect occasion to have a party and to say good-bye to one of our residents who has been residing in Mitchell House for just under a year.  Having worked hard to complete his school diploma, our resident found a good job and felt ready to live independently.  Congratulations and best wishes!

Flanked by Rebekah Humphrey, House Mentor for Holly House, and Graham Kelly, House Mentor for Mitchell House, our resident holds a quilt that each resident receives upon leaving. Each quilt is a work of beauty, hand stitched with love, and a reminder that care and compassion comes from many directions to help each of us along the away. The quilt is also a symbol of sanctuary, that we each need a warm house, apartment, room, or cosy corner to call our own, where we can feel safe, regenerate our energies and dream our dreams for the future.

News Feature

Learn More about Homeless Youth in Victoria

The following news clip aired on Shaw TV’s “The Daily – South Vancouver Island,” October 15 and 16th, 2010 with reporter Nikki Ewanyshyn

Awesome Neighbour!

Maria Lyons of 10,000 Villages presented House Mentor, Graham Kelly, with food and a cash donation after reading an article he wrote for the local neighbourhood newsletter. On her own initiative, Maria sponsored a food drive in her store and offered a portion of her sales to help struggling youth at Mitchell House. Please see our current newsletter (winter 2011) for more information.

Christmas Dinner

Three Saints Tri-Ministry donates Food and Gifts for

Christmas Dinner for Threshold Youth

(Left to right) – Pete and Bev Rygg from St.Michael’s and All Angels, Rev. Scott McLeod, Mr. Tony Wicks of Three Saints Tri-Ministry delivered a fabulous meal and gifts to Mitchell House.

World Traveller Donates Art Works to Threshold Houses

 

Mr. Wall (right) presents one of the many art items to Mark Muldoon, Executive Director of Threshold Housing Society

Through the auspices of the Victoria Foundation, Mr. Jan Wall donated numerous piece of art to adorn the walls and mantles in both Holly House and Mitchell House. Mr. Wall is an active business consultant and world traveller.  During his many travels, he had collected a number of beautiful items including ceramic fruit pieces, figurines, and wall art. He felt that beauty and its presence is a great curative therapy for those who have been deprived of beautiful surroundings. Thank you Jan for your generosity and your thoughtfulness.

ths Work Shop on Self-Compassion in the Workplace for Non-Profit Agencies

Peggy English of Unstuck Coaching

On September 23rd, at Saint John the Divine, Peggy English of Unstuck Coaching, gave a three hour workshop on self-care and self-compassion in non-profit workplaces. Using the NVC model of needs and values, she explored empathy as an alternative to judging and blaming when our needs are not met. She also discussed modeling this for youth. Peggy emphasized how personal responsibility moves us out of powerlessness and moves us forward to greater satisfaction and fulfillment. Her central focus was how to detect and ward off the dangers of burn-out. Non-profits have a notorious record for staff burn-out, and the aim of the workshop was to make staff aware of the signs and indications of burnout in order to take evasive action.  The workshop was attended by the entire staff team of Threshold, the first time the team ever met together under one roof. The camaraderie was marvellous and the presentation was superb, filled with nuggets of wisdom to ponder and to help re-activate our weary souls.

Peggy can be reached at http://peggyenglish.com/ or, peglish@hotmail.com

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