On November 29, Threshold Housing Society will participate in the 10th annnual Giving Tuesday Canada. Giving Tuesday is the charitable sector’s response to Black Thursday. It is a day to show our gratitude for all the support we receive, and to deepen our relationships with community as we head into the full blast of the holiday season.
Illuminating youth homelessness with “Shine a Light”
Since 2017, Shine a Light on Youth has helped raise funds and awareness of the work that Threshold Housing Society does in to end youth homelessness and prevent adult homelessness. Once again this year, we are proud to offer the highest-quality teas from Silk Road in a gorgeous Threshold Housing Society tea box. The $20 price if each box comes in full to Threshold Housing as we continue to expand our housing and support services for youth.
Making room for recovery: 2021-2022 Impact Report
After two years of disruption and distance, Threshold welcomed a return to connection and community in 2021-2022, and pursued expansion with renewed vigour. Read all the exciting details in our
2021-2022 Impact Report
From Safe to Thriving: Focusing Maslow’s Hierarchy on Youth
Have you ever heard of Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs”? In the traditional pyramid of needs inspired by a paper published in 1943, Maslow concluded that a person’s most basic needs must be met before secondary (yet equally important) needs such as love and belonging and self-esteem can be met.
Do the Loop
Do the Loop is Back… with more trails and more fun!
Gerry Howell Jones
Our team at Threshold wants to send our deepest condolences to the Jones’ family. Gerry Howell Jones was one of the founders of Threshold Housing and it would be an understatement to mention the significant impact he had here. We will continue our work with Gerry in our thoughts.
Youth Harm Reduction Keynote & Panel Discussion
Youth Harm Reduction Event: Keynote & Panel Discussion.
Is harm reduction a gateway to treatment?
Join Threshold for a livestreamed conversation on youth harm reduction with Guy Felicella, B. C’s Representative for Children and Youth Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth, Dr. Bernie Pauly, and more.
On June 16th, 2022, Threshold Housing society is hosting a keynote speaking event and panel discussion. We have invited experts, people with lived experience, and researchers to help share knowledge, reduce stigma, and inform discourse on youth harm reduction practices. The goal of the event is to highlight harm reduction as a strategy to save lives and enable progress toward healing and recovery.
Harm reduction is an approach or strategy aimed at reducing the risks and harmful effects associated with substance use for the individual, the community and society as a whole. It is deemed a realistic, pragmatic, humane and successful approach to addressing issues of substance use. Such interventions aim to heal the person as a whole. Different people need different supports and solutions. The key here is to work with a person where they are at, and to give them choices and options.
Threshold Housing has partnered with NIȽTU,O Child and Family Services Society!
NIȽ TU,O Child and Family Services Society (NIȽ TU,O) has partnered with Threshold Housing Society (THS) to expand safe housing and support services for local Coast Salish youth, who are affiliated with NIȽ TU,O, and are at-risk of experiencing homelessness.
NIȽ TU,O is a Coast Salish run agency working to strengthen families and keep kids in the Seven member Coast Salish communities they serve. THS works to prevent homelessness by providing safe housing, support services, and community to at-risk youth, aged 15-24 years old.
Through this partnership, THS will now have NIȽ TU,O’s support in the creation of culturally inclusive spaces that will help provide safe housing, support services, and community to Indigenous youth living in and around the Greater Victoria area.
The need for increased support for Coast Salish youth is critical. Currently, THS serves an over-representation of Indigenous youth. More than 30% of youth THS serve identify as Indigenous, which can be directly linked to the overrepresentation of Indigenous youth in government care. Threshold and NIȽ TU,O both share the understanding the escalated experiences of Indigenous youth homelessness can be attributed to the lived experiences of colonialism, dispossession, and intergenerational trauma.
Ready or Not Aging Out of Care
From April, 2022 to June 30th, 2022, Threshold Housing Society is bringing awareness to the ongoing issue of youth aging out of government care through an online campaign: Ready or Not Aging out of Care. In British Columbia, when a youth in government care turns 19 years old they often lose access to essential support services, such as their housing, social worker, mental health services, and financial support. Youth age out of care, whether they are ready or not – at an age that is often already challenging and stressful. This often leads to youth aging out of care without adequate support to transition to adulthood. Aging out of care without appropriate supports in place is often cited as a major risk factor contributing to future experiences of homelessness in adulthood and increased risk to illness, injury, assault, substance dependence, mental health issues, and death. In 2018, the B.C. Coroners Service report found youth leaving government care died at five times the rate of the general population of young people in British Columbia. In our community, there is an over representation of Indigenous people experiencing homelessness, which can be directly linked to the over representation of Indigenous youth in government care. This is an outcome resulting from the ongoing legacy of colonialism.
Due to the unprecedented times, we are living in, youth in BC have been granted a reprieve from aging out of care. This is an encouraging step in the right direction. More recently, hopeful changes have been announced towards impactful changes for youth in care. We acknowledge these actions by the government, however, there is still important work to be done to continue to strengthen supports for youth aging out of care.
Join us and help spread awareness.