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Shine Brighter November 28

On November 28, Threshold Housing Society will again participate in Giving Tuesday Canada – this time with an amazing matching donation of up to $10,000!

Giving Tuesday is an important opportunity both for Threshold 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.

While there is so much to be thankful for, there is also much work to do. We are seeing not only more youth experiencing housing instability and homelessness, but youth with more compounding issues such as mental illness, substance use disorder, and deeply fractured support networks.

While we have been sharing our gratitude in the leadup to Giving Tuesday we’d also like to again show our thanks to those who choose to “Shine Brighter” on November 28.

Ways to Shine Brighter

The first 25 supporters who qualify by Shining Brighter will receive our thanks in the shape of our beautiful ‘Shine a Light on Youth’ tea tin. These limited edition versions of our annual tea boxes are a year-round reminder of your generosity to us – and they make a great gift!

We are so grateul for

Youth
Suppliers
Volunteers
Monthly Donors
Shine a Light Retailers
Board of Directors
Elected Officials
Community Partners
Front Line Staff
Coast Capital & Home Depot
Indigenous Service Providers
Shine a Light Supporters

Shine Brighter on Giving Tuesday

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.

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

On June 16th, 2022, Threshold Housing society hosted a keynote speaking event and panel discussion on youth harm reduction. We invited experts, people with lived experience, and researchers to help share knowledge, reduce stigma, and inform discourse on youth harm reduction practices. The keynote speaker for this event was Guy Felicella and panelists included B. C’s Representative for Children and Youth Dr. Jennifer Charlesworth, Dr. Bernie Pauly, and more. The goal of the event was to highlight harm reduction as a strategy to save lives and enable progress toward healing and recovery.
You can watch the recording below.

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.