City of Victoria Grant to Asssit At-Risk Youth

Threshold Housing is very pleased to announce that the Victoria City Council has approved a grant to THS through the 2015 Strategic Plan Grant Application program.

VYouth Homelessness and Poverty in Victoria BCictoria Strategic Plan Grants are designed to forward the goals of the city and cover a wide variety of organizations and programs that meet many of a variety of goals.

  • Innovate and Lead
  • Engage and Empower the Community
  • Make Victoria More Affordable
  • Facilitate Social Inclusion and Community Wellness
  • And many other worthy endevours

Ending Adult Homelessness, One Youth at a Time

The following Op-ed piece appeared in the Times Colonist,  Victoria, BC, July 17, 2015

Our homes are important to us not only because of the equity they provide financially, but because they are places where we feel safe and where we find joy in building a nurturing space for our loved ones. If, through some catastrophic event such as an earthquake, our houses should disappear, we would feel devastated, lost and forlorn.

As a recent editorial in the Times Colonist made note, this catastrophic event has already happened to hundreds of youth in our community who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Most are living precariously by couch-surfing or crowding into an overpriced apartment or living in a car. They might be escaping some form of abuse; they might have been abandoned; they might be involved in an intractable family conflict.

To be homeless, something has gone wrong in their young lives and they are running scared while trying to put on a brave face. Most had no control over the situations that pushed them into homelessness.

Recycling Helps At-Risk Youth

The community spirit is strong in the various neighbourhoods that span Oak Bay, Fairfield and the Jubilee areas.  Bringing your recyclables to the various depots is a great way to meet neighbours, keep the environment clean and donate to charitable causes.

Bottle-DriveThe Threshold Recycling Days fall on the 4th Saturdays of every month (except December).  The recycling depot is set up in the parking lot of 600 Richmond Ave, off of Richardson St at St Matthias Church. Hours of Operation: 9am – 11am.  Some of the monies collected will go to the Threshold Housing Society to assist in their mission to provide life-skills for at-risk youth in their housing programs.

A Bottle Drive is also available on site for anyone to donate their refundable containers.  The proceeds all go to support the same life-skills program at Threshold Housing Society.

To learn more or to become a volunteer for the event, speak with a volunteer on site (look for the orange shirts!)  You can also sign up online here.

Learn what being in “Community” really means – become a HeroWork Volunteer

HeroWork is currently working hard to renovate the offices of Greater Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre on King’s Road.  The Centre assists adult community members in attaining socially and psychologically satisfying lives by providing quality, accessible, volunteer counselling service.  Most importantly, they offer affordable rates for people of any wage bracket.  With such a lack of accessible mental health resources in the community, the work of the Centre is vital.

Paul Latour and his HeroWork crew is heading the renovations.  They work on the principal of gathering ordinary community members to participate in an extraordinary experience of old fashion “barn-raising.”  The experience of volunteers has been very positive and in some cases transformative.  It is not too late to volunteer for the next two weekends.  Go to HeroWork and sign-up and learn how “community” really feels.  It will change the way you feel about Victoria!

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TC Editorial from Les Leyne: Kids in care desperately need homes

Adoption

Adoption placement for kids in care came up short in 2014, despite $2 million earmarked funding. The independent representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond advocates to give the reprsentative’s office funding to work on adoption placements.

Reach Les Leyne’s full editorial in the Times Colonist here –

http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/columnists/les-leyne-kids-in-care-desperately-need-homes-1.1954109

Threshold Housing Society benefit from customer donations raised through The Orange Door Project campaign

Thursday, May 28 – Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Home Depot® Canada Foundation’s fundraising campaign directs 100 per cent of funds raised to local youth-serving organizations

TORONTO, ON (May 28, 2015) – As part of its commitment to help end youth homelessness in Canada, The Home Depot® Canada Foundation launched its annual The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign today, which collects $2 donations from customers and gives 100 per cent of the proceeds to local youth-serving organizations.

Customers shopping in the Victoria Saanich and Victoria Langford Home Depot store[s] can donate $2 at the checkout in exchange for a (paper) Orange Door. One hundred per cent of proceeds stay in the community and go to support the housing and life-skills development programs at Threshold Housing Society. The campaign runs until July 2, 2015.

Threshold Housing Society provides transitional housing to youth who have been abandoned, are escaping violence or are leaving foster care. They operate two programs: one that employs a semi-independent model and the other is a supported independent model. Both housing programs are augmented by a life-skills program called “self-worthshops.” This program aims to build self-esteem by lessening the effects of trauma through intense youth engagement with emphasis on inclusion and connection. Once stabilized, youth receive the resources they require to complete their education, job training or seek employment until they are ready to transition to full independence.

Learn what being in “Community” really means – become a HeroWork Volunteer

HeroWork is currently working hard to renovate the offices of Greater Victoria Citizens’ Counselling Centre on King’s Road.  The Centre assists adult community members in attaining socially and psychologically satisfying lives by providing quality, accessible, volunteer counselling service.  Most importantly, they offer affordable rates for people of any wage bracket.  With such a lack of accessible mental health resources in the community, the work of the Centre is vital.

Paul Latour and his HeroWork crew is heading the renovations.  They work on the principal of gathering ordinary community members to participate in an extraordinary experience of old fashion “barn-raising.”  The experience of volunteers has been very positive and in some cases transformative.  It is not too late to volunteer for the next two weekends.  Go to HeroWork and sign-up and learn how “community” really feels.  It will change the way you feel about Victoria!      

Read the recent article in the Times Colonist.

TC Editorial from Les Leyne: Kids in care desperately need homes

Adoption placement for kids in care came up short in 2014, despite $2 million earmarked funding. The independent representative for children and youth, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond advocates to give the reprsentative’s office funding to work on adoption placements.

Reach Les Leyne’s full editorial in the Times Colonist here —
http://www.timescolonist.com/opinion/columnists/les-leyne-kids-in-care-desperately-need-homes-1.1954109

Threshold Housing Society benefit from customer donations raised through The Orange Door Project campaign

Thursday, May 28 – Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Home Depot® Canada Foundation’s fundraising campaign directs 100 per cent of funds raised to local youth-serving organizations

 TORONTO, ON (May 28, 2015) As part of its commitment to help end youth homelessness in Canada, The Home Depot® Canada Foundation launched its annual The Orange Door Project fundraising campaign today, which collects $2 donations from customers and gives 100 per cent of the proceeds to local youth-serving organizations.

Customers shopping in the Victoria Saanich and Victoria Langford Home Depot store[s] can donate $2 at the checkout in exchange for a (paper) Orange Door. One hundred per cent of proceeds stay in the community and go to support the housing and life-skills development programs at Threshold Housing Society. The campaign runs until July 2, 2015.

Threshold Housing Society provides transitional housing to youth who have been abandoned, are escaping violence or are leaving foster care.  They operate two programs: one that employs a semi-independent model and the other is a supported independent model. Both housing programs are augmented by a life-skills program called “self-worthshops.” This program aims to build self-esteem by lessening the effects of trauma through intense youth engagement with emphasis on inclusion and connection.  Once stabilized, youth receive the resources they require to complete their education, job training or seek employment until they are ready to transition to full independence.

“Every night in Canada, more than 6,000 youth don’t have a safe place to call home,” said Bill Lennie, chair, board of directors, The Home Depot Canada Foundation and president, The Home Depot Canada.  “We believe this has to change. Our associates are passionate about this cause and together with our customers and local, youth-serving charities; we can give vulnerable youth opportunities for a brighter future.”

Quick Facts

  • Youth are one of the fastest growing segments of the homeless population in Canada
  • One in five shelter users in Canada are youth, ages 16 to 24
  • The male to female ratio in youth shelters is 2:1
  • 41 to 43 per cent of youth experiencing homelessness were in foster care or group homes
  • Youth who successfully leave the streets within two years or less are more likely to make a healthy transition to adulthood – making an intervention early is key to solving the problem.

 About The Home Depot Canada Foundation:

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to putting an end to youth homelessness in Canada. On any given night, more than 6,000 young people are without a place to call home, making youth homelessness one of the most urgent social issues facing Canadians today. Through The Orange Door Project initiative, the Foundation has made a three-year, $10-million pledge to support renovation and repair projects and programs that provide vulnerable youth with access to safe, stable housing and support services. For more information, please visit: www.homedepot.ca/foundation

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