Victoria apartment building donated to house homeless youth

On July 31st, 2014, Ms. Sarah Petrescu, published the following article in the Times Colonist newspaper, titled Victoria apartment building donated to house homeless youth“.  The following is an excerpt:

An anonymous donor has given a $725,000 Victoria apartment complex to the region’s homeless youth.

With four two-bedroom units, the apartment building on Davie Street in the South Jubilee neighbourhood will be the subject of a massive community makeover in September.

Threshold Receives Generous Donation of Four-plex Apartment Building

The Threshold Housing Society (ths)— which provides long-term transitional housing for youth at risk of becoming homelessness— is honoured to announce that we are the recipient of a very generous donation which will enable us to extend our service to youth.

In June of this year, an anonymous donor transferred title of a four unit apartment building to the Society.  The property will be used to increase our units in the Safe Housing for Youth (SHY) program, as well as provide office space for staff of the SHY program and life-skills.

The building is located in the South Jubilee area and the Society is grateful for the support and endorsement of the South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association.

Youth Homelessness an ‘Unseen’ Crisis in Greater Victoria

On June 20th, Mr. Kyle Slavin, Editor of the Sannich News, published the following article. It is a candid look at youth who have overcome adversity to find themselves better prepared to take on the future.  The following is an excerpt:

There’s a certain assumed stigma associated with homelessness. Many people think of drug addicts and aggressive panhandlers, but the people who walk through the doors of Threshold Housing Society know that’s not an entirely accurate picture of homelessness in Greater Victoria.

Home Depot Volunteers and Associates Give At-Risk Youth a Helping Hand Up

On May 14, 2014, several members of the Home Depot (Sannich store) under the direction of Darcy Lockhart descended upon Mitchell house with paint and brush in hand.  The group professionally painted exterior portions of the house and interior areas a well.

Threshold Housing Society was grateful for the support last year from Home Depot’s “Buy a Hammer and Build a Community Campaign.”  This year, the Society is again grateful to be participating in the “Orange Door Campaign.”  Both campaigns are in aid of addressing  youth homeless locally.

The Society is also grateful for a grant last year from The Home Depot Canada Foundation that went toward much needed upgrades at Holly House.  Home Depot is a national corporate citizen that thinks and acts locally.  Their area associates and volunteers have heart and a lot of expertise in home repair.

How The Home Depot Canada Foundation is helping put an end to youth homelessness with “Paper Doors”

The Home Depot Canada Foundation is committed to ending youth homelessness with an investment of $10 million over the next three years through The Orange Door Project. This initiative will give vulnerable youth the housing, support and hope they need to live safe, healthy and productive lives.

One component of The Orange Door Project is the Foundation’s national fundraising campaign.  From now until July 2, The Home Depot customers can buy a $2 paper doorin support of a local youth-focused housing charity.

All proceeds raised at the Victoria & Langford Home Depot store during the campaign will support Threshold Housing Society.

Home Depot Volunteers and Associates Give Youth a Hand Up

May 14, 2014 — With paintbrushes in hand, eight members of the Saanich Home Depot team descended upon Mitchell house this week. Under the direction of Darcy Lockhart, the group professionally painted exterior portions of the house and some interior rooms as well.

Last year, Threshold Housing Society was the recipient of support through Home Depot’s “Buy a Hammer and Build a Community Campaign.” This year, we are again excited to be partnering with them in the “Orange Door Campaign.” Both campaigns were created with the purpose of addressing youth homelessness.

We are also grateful for a grant last year from The Home Depot Canada Foundation that went toward much needed upgrades at Holly House. Home Depot is an excellent corporate citizen that thinks and acts locally. Their area associates and volunteers have heart and a lot of expertise in home repair.

Way to go guys and gals! Thank you so much!

Youth Homelessness is a Crisis, but a Solvable One

On April 11th, 2014, Dr. Stephen Gaetz spoke to a gathering of 30 youth workers in Victoria, BC, host by UVIC Centre for Addictions Research BC.  He is the Director of the Canadian Homelessness Research Network and the Homeless Hub. His most recent study, Coming of Age: Reimagining the Response to Youth Homelessness in Canada, details the looming national crisis surrounding youth homelessness and the need for evasive action. Key to this action is the need to move from an emergency response to bolstering the preventive resources that will do more than just offer a “band-aid’ solution to a hemorrhaging problem.

What else do we know besides youth aged between 16 to 24 are the fastest growing segment of the national homeless population?  In the State of Homelessness in Canada 2013 report, it is estimated that about 200,000 Canadians experience homelessness annually, and about 30,000 are homeless on any given night.  One report estimates that about 20% of the homeless population using shelters are unattached youth between the ages of 16-25, and a further 1% are under 16. This means that there are at least 35,000 young people who are homeless during the year, and perhaps 6000 on any given night.  It is important to note that this does not include young people who do not enter the shelter system, who are absolutely homeless and are sleeping out of doors or in other places unsuitable for human habitation, or those who are temporarily staying with friends and have nowhere else to live (couch surfers).

The more underpinning problem for youth is that becoming homeless does not just mean a loss of stable housing, but rather leaving a home in which a youth was embedded in relations of dependence, thus experiencing an interruption and potential rupture in social relations with parents and caregivers, family members, friends, neighbours and community.  This dislocation leads to trauma and anxiety which, in human terms, have a long shelf life. The greatest impediment in moving youth in transition is the trauma load they carry, not just from homeless, but the situation and forces that caused their homelessness.

Colliers International Comes to the Aid of At-Risk Youth

Jan 21, 2014 — Colliers International has been a part of the Victoria community since 1975. The firm is one of the leading commercial real estate companies in the world, with 500 offices worldwide. In Victoria alone, they manage 1.8 million square feet of commercial property.

In September of 2013, the Board of The Colliers Cares Foundation selected the Threshold Housing Society as the recipient of funds raised by the Foundation in 2013. The initiative was led by Linda Ryder of the Foundation and close to 30 Victoria office staff members participated in the funding drive.

Threshold is so grateful for The Colliers Cares Foundation support. The donation will go directly to supporting life-skills programs offered to all youth we house. The programs are based on self-worth and self-esteem building as the key to breaking down barriers to success — from learning proper hygiene to avoiding negative behaviours. This program receives no funding from either civic, provincial or federal sources. It is entirely dependent on private donations and companies like Colliers International that sees the value in investing in youth today who will form our community — and our world — tomorrow.

Our heartfelt thanks to Linda Ryder and the wonderful staff of Collier International (Victoria) for considering at-risk youth an important part of the community and offering them the help they need to realize their potential and achieve their dreams!

Colliers International Comes to the Aid of At-Risk Youth

Colliers International has been part of the Victoria community since 1975.  The firm is one of the leading commercial real estate companies in the world with 500 offices worldwide.  In Victoria alone, they manage 1.8 million square feet of commercial property.

In September of 2013, the Board of The Colliers Cares Foundation selected the Threshold Housing Society as the recipient of funds raised by the Foundation in 2013.  The initiative was led by Linda Ryder of the Foundation and close to 30 staff members of the Victoria office participated in the funding drive.

Linda Ryder (second from left) and staff present Mark Muldoon of Threshold with a donation raised through the Colliers Cares Foundation

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