SUPPORT YOUTH HOUSING IN VICTORIA BY SUPPORTING HOME DEPOT

 

Starting May 30th through to July 3, 2013, you can help support housing at-risk youth in the Victoria region by supporting The Buy a Hammer, Build Our Community in-store fundraising campaign with The Home Depot Canada Foundation.

Threshold is happy to be sponsored this year by the Home Depot’s Victoria Saanich store located at 3986 Shelbourne near the intersection of McKenzie and Shelbourne.

To help support Threshold, the process is simple.  For a $2 donation, customers can purchase a ‘Paper Hammer’ from the checkout of the above The Home Depot store.

Harbourside Rotary Club Makes Holly House Safer

Congratulations to the Harbourside Rotary Club for offering to build a storage shed in the backyard of Holly House.

Cement Pad 7:30am May 11, 2013

Rotarian Robin Cushing was instrumental in rounding up volunteers who did a marvelous job in first constructing a large cement pad and then actually constructing the shed.

Building the shed was important because the only other storage available was in an attached garage which made storing lawnmowers, gasoline and other appliances a real safety issue.  Now that the garage has been cleared, we are hoping to use it for a meeting room.

Leadership Victoria’s Team Awesome was Awesome!

Team Awesome is one of several teams working under the auspices of Leadership Victoria to hone their leadership and skill sets for their professional lives. Last year five members of Team Awesome approached Threshold Housing Society and asked how they could contribute to the problem of youth housing and at-risk youth in general.

Right from the beginning this energetic and enthusiastic group made the youth in both the housing and SHY program complete participants.  During a “dot0-mocracy” night at Mitchell House, the youth were invited to dream big and think of what activity, if they had a chance, would they like to do. It was a difficult process because so many of the youth had never dreamed they be able to try something like scuba diving or archery.  However, once the votes were in, Team Awesome went about looking for sponsors and trying to organize a special day that would encompass the wishes of the youth plus encourage the values of participation, community, self-realization and increase the profile of Threshold in the community; see post below on Zone 91.3.

Such organization was no easy task as at-risk youth have a general mistrust of adults, may not know what it is to have activities just for fun, and don’t like to be challenged to go beyond their comfort zone.

Aging out of Care in BC is not a Pretty Picture

An estimated 65,000 youth in Canada were reported homeless or living in emergency shelters in 2009. The 2011 Metro Vancouver Homeless Count found 397 unaccompanied youth under the age of 25. These findings amounted to the highest number of homeless youth ever found in the region, a nine per cent increase from 2008 and a 34 per cent increase from 2005.

What is surprising is that many youth who have been in provincial care end-up homeless, estimates are as high as 40%.  About half of teens who leave the system apply for social assistance within six months of turning 19.

Every year about 1,100 youth "age out" from care of the Crown on their 19th birthday. The prospects are poorest for those who are aboriginal or Metis. (Image from "Lighting up the Darkness," an illustrated short story about aboriginal youth in care by Steven Keewatin Sanderson. Courtesy The Healthy Aboriginal Network.)

Spring Renewal at Holly House

Spring is normally the time for things to start afresh, from grass to trees awakening from their winter slumber.  Awash in bright colours, spring is a miraculous time as we see everything take on new life.

The Vancouver Island Stagers, Stylists and Re-designers (VISSR) took this spring magic to heart and put their professional expertise to work rejuvenating Holly House.

After a tour in late December, the VISSR decided that Holly House would be chosen as its special “Hands Up” project for 2013.

The VISSR Team starting at the top: Tracey, Stacey, Pauline,Dana, Melanie, Josee, Diana and Valerie (and where is Murray?)

Leadership Victoria puts Threshold on the Air

Thanks to the initiative of some very hard working professionals undergoing training through Leadership Victoria, Threshold was given an hour of radio time on the show “My Turn,”  on  The Zone @ 91.3 Modern Rock on March 21, from 3:00 to 4:00pm.

While this entire team of young pros, appropriately called “Team Awesome,” are indeed awesome, Rebecca Scott was able to have Threshold’s Executive Director, a House Mentor and a youth from Mitchell House moderate an entire hour of radio time.

The long playlist was put together by all the youth living under a Threshold roof.  During the show, special emphasis was put on searching for landlords for our SHY program (press red button in right column of website) and drumming up support a special events day organized by Team Awesome. To listen to this awesome broadcast, listen here!

At-Risk Youth have a Friend in Mischa Weisz

On behalf of the young women and men who are currently housed, and who will be housed, in the transitional housing programs run by the Threshold Housing Society in Victoria, we wish to thank the Mischa Weisz Foundation for its generous donation.

Born in 1956 in Barrie, Ontario, Mr. Weisz’s life is more than a Canadian success story.  In his 2009 autobiography, I Choose To Live: A Self-made Millionaire Faces Cancer, Mr. Weisz tells the amazing story of his life, from being the son of Holocaust survivors to the breakdown of his first marriage; from being unemployed to his accomplishments in the electronic banking business; and then, finally, his courageous fight with cancer.

Mischa Weisz

His story is inspiring at so many levels.  Underpinning his saga is his undaunted will to live and his enormous appetite to live life fully at every turn that expressed itself in his great sense of generosity to family, friends and the wider community.

December’s Angels

On behalf of the youth that Threshold is privileged to house and to aid in their journey to adulthood, the Staff and the Board would like to thank the various organizations and individuals that made this a special Christmas for our residents. Without their help and contributions, it would have been impossible to spread the Christmas spirit with such largesse.

In no particular order, Threshold gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:

* Many thanks to the Allegra Singers of Victoria (Jill, Sue, Penelope, Karin and many others) for putting on two absolutely marvelous choir performances on behalf of Threshold on Nov. 30th and Dec 1st.  These were magical concerts that had everyone in the Christmas spirit very quickly.

December's Angels

On behalf of the youth that Threshold is privileged to house and to aid in their journey to adulthood, the Staff and the Board would like to thank the various organizations and individuals that made this a special Christmas for our residents. Without their help and contributions, it would have been impossible to spread the Christmas spirit with such largesse.

In no particular order, Threshold gratefully acknowledges the generosity of:

* Many thanks to the Allegra Singers of Victoria (Jill, Sue, Penelope, Karin and many others) for putting on two absolutely marvelous choir performances on behalf of Threshold on Nov. 30th and Dec 1st.  These were magical concerts that had everyone in the Christmas spirit very quickly.

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