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Ending Youth Homelessness – A 2015 Update

 

Initiated in Kamloops, BC, a national plan to end youth homelessness has evolved over the last several years. It is called “A Way Home” and it is dedicated to preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada.

A Way Home is not just another autonomous national organization competing for resources and public attention. Rather, it is an outcome of active collaboration between a range of national partners, all of whom bring expertise, resources, national profile and members to support the work of A Way Home. Guided by a small and focused coalition secretariat, coalition partners work together to support communities in planning and implementing solutions, engage governments and the general public, all with the ultimate goal of supporting A Way Home’s vision of preventing, reducing and ending youth homelessness in Canada.

A Way Home works by inspiring and enabling communities and all levels of government through a Collective Impact framework to organize, plan and implement strategies to address youth homelessness in a coordinated, measurable and impactful way. By strengthening families and building the assets and resilience of youth, we can help young people avoid homelessness and make a healthy transition to adulthood.

The work of A Way Home is achieved by building on the existing strengths of partners, community engagement and innovation, and a strong commitment to ending youth homelessness that is emerging across the country. The Coalition believes that by aligning the strategies and resources of leading stakeholders seeking to address homelessness in Canada, it can prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness.

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

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