New Research on Mental Illness and Assisting Youth

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.”

Exciting Launch for Threshold House in Oak Bay

Celebrate a new home for Victoria youth!

Threshold Housing Society is proud and excited to celebrate the opening of Threshold House, a home in Victoria for youth at risk of being homeless.

We are celebrating this launch with Coast Capital Savings President and CEO Don Coulter, Oak Bay Mayor Nils Jensen, Andrew Weaver MLA, and many more!

Please join us on Wednesday morning for refreshments and ceremonies as well as an exciting announcement.

Where: Threshold House, 2095 Granite Street, Victoria BC
When: Wednesday, October 26th, 2016, 11:30 am
RSVP: info@thresholdhousing.ca

Jo-Ann Roberts is recognized at the CARE Awards!

Victoria Residential Builders Association - Jo-Ann Roberts - Victoria BC HomelessCanada’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.

Oak Bay News: Oak Bay’s Threshold Housing Society home at capacity

A bright and sunny home on Granite offers young people a fresh start in Oak Bay.

When the Threshold Housing Society’s newest home opened Sept. 1, it was not only full, the society was at 100 per cent capacity across all four of its homes, said Mark Muldoon, executive director.

“Given the lack of youth housing and quality of youth housing, we’re very happy,” he said.

Home for youth at risk for homelessness in Oak Bay - Victoria BC

Christine van Reeuwyk/Oak Bay News
Threshold Housing’s Brooke MacDonald (left), transitional planning co-ordinator, Mark Muldoon, executive director and Jo-Ann Roberts, advancement and community relations, enjoy the welcome banner created by Oak Bay United Church summer camp kids for the new young people living in the home adjacent on Granite Street.

Home Depot supports ending Youth Homelessness

Home Depot - Orange Door - Victoria Youth HomelessHow 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.

Threshold Painting Party a Great Success

Thank you for all involved in the Theshold Painting Party!  What a fun time the volunteers had, and all for helping future transitional youth in the Greater Victoria area.

Threshold House, our newest home, will open this September 1st, and the preparations are well on it’s way, including this past Saturday’s painting party.  Staff & volutneers have been renovating & painting busily at Threshold House this month, and we are looking for all the help we can get.

For more details, please read the Times Colonists article by reporter Sarah Petrescu linked below —

For youth on fring, a home in Oak Bay

Home Depot makes a house into a Home for Vulnerable Youth

Home Depot team arriving at home for vulnerable youth

Home Depot team arriving at home for vulnerable youth

Home Depot Associates appeared on July 12 at a new Threshold facility under renovation. With military organization, the Home Depot team brought along 40 volunteers from Victoria, Duncan and Vancouver to do a “painting-blitz.”  The new house, located in Oak Bay (Victoria)  is over 6000 square feet with 8 self-contained living units, a commercial size kitchen and common areas.

These amazing volunteers painted all the rooms in just under 5 hours!  Organized by Cameron Rundell and Brendon Campbell with the help of Deanne Pickering, Jason Handley  and “Captain Morgan,” this amazing team were organized into sma

Youth homelessness an unseen crisis in Victoria

Published in Victoria News By Pamela Roth, June 8, 2016 · 8:55 AM

There’s been a lot of attention on the growing amount of homeless people accumulating on the lawns of Victoria’s courthouse.

Neighbours living in the area continue to deal with an increase in crime. Now police have dedicated two officers to patrol the area six hours a day, seven days a week.

But as the province prepares to take the campers to court again at the end of the month with hopes of shutting tent city down, Mark Muldoon is concerned a bigger homeless crisis continues to be ignored.

Victoria BC Youth Homlessness

Don Denton/Victoria News
June 3 2016 – Tents and other structures along Burdett Avenue in Victoria’s tent city..

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