Mark Muldoon, Executive
Director of Threshold Housing
The Rev. Michael Hemmings
Rarely have I met anyone, among many age groups, who doesn’t want to believe that their life has meaning. We are sometimes assailed by a gnawing doubt that our lives have meant very little. This is true especially of many seniors who, despite the fact they may have raised a family and had a successful career, feel empty.
Measuring ourselves in our senior years is complex. We count our blessings differently, depending on how we learned to count and what to count. However, the quest for meaning doesn’t seem to grow old with us. It remains inside as a type of eternal calling, asking us questions and even making us feel uncomfortable at times.
Recent study published in JAMA Pediatrics used data collected from 49 studies with a total of 13,559 participants from 24 countries, including 21 developing countries to show that poverty was the main reason for youth homelessness in developing countries and family conflict was the main reason in developed countries.
Youth delinquency is not a majoy cause of youth homelessness as commonly believed.
For the CBC News Report on this study, click here.
If you’ve lived in Victoria any length of time then you are familiar with Thrifty Foods, their generous giving and support in our community and the Smile Card Fundraising Program. Threshold Housing Society is very happy to be a long time recipient of this outstanding program.
A Civil Forfeiture Grant has been awarded to Threshold Housing through the province’s Civil Forfeiture Office. This funding is designed to assist BC organizations with preventing violence against women and youth crime.
This grant funding will combat the crime of violence against women and other crimes in B.C. communities by offering financial support to many community-based programs that can make a difference in the lives of thousands of British Columbians. Attorney General and Minister of Justice Suzanne Anton
Our funding has been ear-marked as At-Risk Youth Engagement and will focus on our lifeskills programs, specifically our “self-worthshops”. These workshops take place several times a week and aim to increase self-esteem, safety, inclusion, and connectedness among youth.
The Threshold Housing Society is delighted to announce Jo-Ann Roberts has been engaged to develop their profile and advancement efforts to meet the ever-growing demand for housing homeless youth in Greater Victoria.
Jo-Ann Roberts comes with a wealth of experience not only in her chosen profession of journalism but in community relations and networking. She is best known as the former host of the CBC Radio show All Points West between 2004 and 2014. In 2015, she was the candidate for the Green Party in Victoria. In 2013, Ms. Roberts was the Harvey Southam Lecturer in Journalism and Non-fiction at the University of Victoria. She is a former BC Director of the Canadian Media Guild and the recipient of awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association of Canada.
Her engagement with Threshold is timely as the non-profit organization responds to the growing number of homeless youth in the region. For more information, go to thresholdhousing.ca
There is so much great information and research out there about homelessness and poverty in general. And even about youth homelessness and transitional housing. But how is an organization, let alone the public in general, able to find and stay up-to-date on the newest information?