Diocese of BC Celebrates Housing for Youth in Victoria BC

Diocese of BC Celebrates Youth Affordable Housing

Threshold Housing Opens New House for Vulnerable Youth

By Mark Muldoon and Jo-Ann Roberts

The Threshold Housing Society is proud to announce the opening of Threshold House, its fourth transitional house for youth at risk of becoming homeless.

The new house has been made available through a leasing agreement with the Oak Bay United Church. Formerly the Easter Seals House, Threshold House contains self-contained units with a large common area, kitchen and gardens. The house opened its doors September 1 and it is currently full.

In the present real estate climate of Greater Victoria, finding safe housing for at-risk youth has been a challenge for Threshold.

Holding to the philosophy that “small is beautiful,” the society has tried over the years to provide vulnerable youth with as close to a home environment as possible. The goal is always to provide a safe and secure location for youth to stabilize, become focused and move forward supported by positive role models and mentors.

To help cover the cost of opening the new house, Threshold Housing launched the 100 Doors of Opportunity Campaign earlier this year. The campaign goal is to sign-up 100 individuals or groups (parishes, religious orders, sports groups, high schools, and associations) willing to donate $1,000 towards each room in the new house. To date the campaign has raised $90,000 leaving $10,000 yet to be raised. If you wish to help at-risk youth in the region go to thresholdhousing.ca and click on 100 Doors or contact Jo-Ann directly at advancement@thresholdhousing.ca or 250-383-8830.

Board Update

Threshold is happy to announce the appointment of the Rev. Gillian Hoyer to its board of directors.

Rev. Hoyer has a MA in counselling and has worked for the Victoria Cool Aid Society and the Canadian Mental Health Association, providing counselling to clients dealing with a variety of different kinds of traumas, mental illness and substance abuse, as well as housing support and advocacy.

Hoyer is also member of the board of directors of the Primate’s World Relief and Development Fund. Over the years, she has had the opportunity to visit with partners in Kenya (through the Canadian Food Grains Bank and World Renew), in South Africa, and in El Salvador. Before joining Threshold Housing, Hoyer spent four years on the PWRDF Youth Council and is currently serving as curate at St. John the Divine Anglican Church in Victoria.

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