Threshold Housing Society Expands Services to include a Supportive Recovery Program for Youth
Threshold Housing Society is expanding our service delivery model to include a supportive recovery program for youth who are battling substance use issues. In partnership with Island Health, Threshold Housing will offer youth a safe and supportive environment as they access a recovery-oriented and healing-focused program.
Coordinated, accessible and low-barrier services that meet youth ‘where they are at’ are particularly important during the opioid crisis, given that youth are a highly vulnerable group in terms of substance use. The Threshold Supportive Recovery Program is providing eight supportive recovery beds and host family bed in Greater Victoria to meet the health and social needs of a wide range of youth and support them on their wellness and recovery journey. These beds are part of a reconfiguration of youth substance use beds in Victoria.
We are so excited to share, that in response to the opioid crisis, and with the knowledge that youth are a highly vulnerable group in terms of unhealthy substance use, Threshold Housing Society is expanding our service delivery model, to ensure youth have a safe and supportive environment to work on their substance use issues and have access to a recovery-oriented and healing-focused support program. This will create eight supportive recovery beds and one host family bed in Greater Victoria and will contribute to healthier and brighter futures for at-risk youth. The Supportive Recovery Housing Program will feature an inter-disciplinary team that includes a Clinical Addictions Counsellor, Indigenous Cultural Worker, case manager and more. Seven days a week, youth will have access to a robust recovery-oriented program, all within a safe home environment.
We are so excited to announce that our Silk Road 12 day’s of tea gift boxes are back for the holiday season! You can purchase them online for $20.00 at www.thresholdhousing.ca/product/tea.
Local pick up and delivery available.
We have partnered with Silk Road Tea to create the perfect gift box and it includes 12 different flavours of tea. These make the perfect gift for the holiday season. Gift boxes are $20.00 each and all proceeds come to Threshold Housing and help us be able to continue providing safe housing, support services, and community to at risk youth.
This November & December, Threshold Housing is shining a light on youth homelessness. We believe that every youth in our community deserves a safe place to call home – to find sanctuary and acceptance.
Annually, we host a winter carnival and a tree lighting in Bastion Square to spread awareness of the youth homelessness crisis and to raise funds so that we can continue the work we do to support at-risk youth in our community.
This year we are unable to host the event in Bastion Square due to COVID-19, however, we are virtually continuing to spread awareness of the work we are doing. In these two months, we will be sharing stats, stories, and facts surrounding youth homelessness. We hope that you will consider supporting us this holiday season – so that we can continue to provide safe homes, support services, and community to at-risk youth experiencing homelessness in our community.
At Threshold, October is donor appreciation month. A month where we express how grateful we are for our donors and their support. Support from our donors, whether it is a one-time or a monthly donation, allows us to continue to provide safe homes and brighter futures to the youth we serve. We would not be able to do this important work without the support from our community, and we are grateful that we are surrounded by people like our donors who believe in a community where all youth can thrive.
Safe housing, while a luxury for some, is something more than 150 youth in the region don’t have access to with not enough shelter beds and an affordable housing crisis exacerbating the issue.
“Safe housing is a place where you can have some privacy, separation from the outside world as you desire, and avoidance of things like overcrowding and being around behaviour or activities that make you feel unsafe,” said Colin Tessier, executive director of Threshold Housing Society, a Victoria organization that aims to support youth and help them find safe housing. “It’s a place where a young person feels they have support and healing and can grow from.”
Tessier said many of the youth experiencing homelessness in the region, and those who work with the organization, come from precarious and often dangerous or unhealthy situations. They’ve likely been through a lot of transitions in their life and even find themselves in situations where they’re being abused. Their at-home situations become so dire that they start to search for other options to avoid being traumatized any further.
“There are youth who sleep on our streets every night and it’s more than a couple. It’s a hidden homeless scenario but they’re just trying to find a place to rest their head at night,” Tessier said.
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