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Housing… Our Future – Community Forum

Housing… Our Future – what lies ahead for Milton and Halton?

Have you stopped to wonder lately what is happening in Milton to prepare for the next round of growth and access to affordable housing? Curious about what various agencies in our community are planning to address the issues?

Milton Transitional Housing’s 3rd annual housing forum will offer insights into what to expect over the next few years with our theme of looking forward in housing.

Please join us Thursday, October 5th at 7:30 pm at the Milton Senior’s Centre, 500 Childs Drive for an evening of information and discussion.

The evening will feature a keynote presentation from MTH Case Manager Jason Palmer, who will share his personal journey from homelessness to housing advocate.

Following Jason’s keynote will be a panel presentation from local and provincial experts in housing, including:

  • Heather Thompson, Manager Age Friendly Initiatives, Community Development Halton to speak about the new Home Share program
  • Rizaldo Padilla, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Housing to speak about the Fair Housing Strategy
  • Roger Broad, Director of Property Development, Planning and Construction, Habitat for Humanity and Bert Krikke, Director of Family Service, Habitat for Humanity to talk about upcoming HFH builds in our community
  • Regional Councillor Colin Best to speak about the Allendale property (Ontario Street and Childs Drive) and the Region of Halton’s vision for this parcel of land.

The panel presenters will also take part in a question and answer session with the audience and will be available after the panel presentation for those wishing to know more.

This is a free event and will be of interest to anyone concerned about or wanting to know more about housing options in the near future.

Hope to see you there!

 

Photo courtesy of Stacey Newman

 

 

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Check out Milton Transitional Housing at Milton’s hottest summer events!

Be sure to stop by and check out the community booth for Milton Transitional Housing at some of Milton’s hottest summer events!

Come to say hi to our hardworking volunteers at tomorrow’s  11th annual Downtown Milton Street Festival.

Visit our booth at the west end of Main Street for some free tattoos for the kids (and for the adults too if they ask nicely)

Downtown Milton Street Festival

The Downtown Milton Street Festival runs from noon to 11 pm and Main Street through downtown Milton will be closed from 5 am to allow for set up. This amazing community event is free to enjoy with a wide variety of community booths to browse, children’s activities and entertainment on three stages and one performance area. Milton Transit is free for the day for those traveling to the festival, and there will be a wide variety of vendors and food options for those looking to buy lunch or dinner.

You can find out more about the bus or entertainment schedules here

I hope you stop by to say hi to our volunteers, sport a new temporary tattoo (we have superheroes, butterflies and more!) and find out more about the great work that MTH is doing in the community.

After the street festival – be sure to stop and say hello to us this summer at the Milton Farmer’s Market – we will have a booth in front of Knox Church on July 15 and August 26th

Interested in being part of the work we do – ask about our volunteer opportunities and our ambassador program!

Have a great weekend and enjoy the sunshine and the festival!

Donna

 

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Lorna Turner honoured with Community Volunteer Award!

It was an absolute honour to be invited to join MTH Volunteer Extraordinaire Lorna Turner as she was awarded by Volunteer Halton as Milton’s Community Volunteer of the Year.

 

Picture l-r Bob Walker, Ruth Parkinson, Lorna Turner, Margot Johnson and Audrey Peddie – all of whom have been involved, in one way or another, since the very beginning.

Lorna does such an incredible amount for MTH, often behind the scenes with little fanfare. She co-chairs, along with Margot Johnson,  Coldest Night of the Year, our biggest annual fundraiser. She sits on the Communications Committee, manages a large part of the MTH communications strategy and writes and submits all of our grants. To see her recognized and honoured for that, and all the other work she does in our community was a phenomenal experience, and I am so grateful to have been invited to share in the celebration.

“Volunteers are the backbone of any non-profit organization, and I often say that the true strength of MTH is the quantity and quality of the volunteers we are so fortunate to have to support us.”

Every year MTH honours a Volunteer of the Year and our 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Freda Flook, is known to many for her meticulous and comprehensive tracking of volunteer data as well as her efficiency and organizational skills behind so many of our community events.

Volunteering can take so many forms. I hesitate to begin trying to list the amazing men and women who have, in the past two months, made bot our Coldest Night of the Year and Empty Bowls so successful. I know if I try to list them, I will inadvertently leave someone out, so I will simply thank each and every one of them from the bottom of my heart for the work that they do.

As well, we have our amazing crew of helpers from Community Living North Halton (clockwise from bottom left: Sharon, James, Greg, and Tanya).

This incredible team of community volunteers springs into action when a client graduates, cleaning and making the vacant unit ready for the next client. Without them, we’d struggle to make sure that new clients were moving into their new homes on a timely basis, and so having the help of Sharon, James, Greg and their super leader Tanya from Community Living North Halton has a tangible effect on how we do what we do, and I am so grateful to them.

This blog (and my slow learning of how to manage it!) wouldn’t be possible without an extraordinary amount of volunteer hours put in by John Gregory and his company Opencity Inc. John undertook a complete remake of our website and is still on hand to answer my panicked calls when I can’t get an image to load or spacing to work properly.

National Volunteer Week

As our Mayor Gord Krantz often says “I would be remiss if” I didn’t acknowledge the indomitable group who founded Milton Transitional Housing just a few short years ago and have dedicated tireless volunteer hours to bring us to the success we now have. We salute and thank all of you, along with all of the truly wonderful dedicated people who volunteer in so many ways to MTH. National Volunteer Week is drawing to close but the time, difference, work and support all of you amazing people will live on, long after National Volunteer Week has come and gone.

Thanks to all of you for all that you do. We couldn’t do it without you! Donna

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7th Empty Bowls seeks home for 900th bowl

On a cool April day in 2011, we launched our transitional housing solution in Milton. Fast forward to 2017 and we invite you to our 7th annual Empty Bowls event.

On Sunday, April 23rd we anticipate selling our 900th bowl since 2011. The organisation has built up around that embryonic foray.  We now have 9 graduates from the MTH program. The Milton community has rallied around to volunteer and support our 9 units.

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Citizenship, community and renewal

The links between citizenship, community, and renewal are all on my mind lately.

Yesterday, I had the honour and privilege of attending a citizenship ceremony at which more than two dozen new Canadians pledged their allegiance to, and were welcomed to Canada.

These new Canadians ranged from a variety of homelands – Israel, Poland, Pakistan, Romania and the United States to name just a few.

In his words of greeting the justice of the peace made the comment,

“We may not share a history but now we will all share a common opportunity for the future.”

This time of year is traditionally seen as a time of opportunity – of renewal and hope as we see the first signs of spring. And I can’t help but think of the http://buyantibioticsonline.org range of diversity of the many clients now being served by MTH and their new opportunities and hopes.

We welcomed our first family of newcomers to Canada as clients late last year, and I am happy to report that they are doing exceptionally well. Having the one on one case management, as well as knowing that they will have a roof over their heads for the next two years and a stable school environment for their children, has allowed them to focus on learning English and begin setting up their own business.

The fresh food box we provide each month, as well as the groceries and turkeys donated by Grace Anglican Church at Christmas, has led to some interesting lessons on cooking foods they aren’t familiar with. I never realized that the foods we take in stride here would be seen as new and exotic to someone new to our country.

It is so much fun to see our community through their fresh eyes or to meet and talk with our other clients and learn about their experiences. Our range of clients also includes a senior citizen, single parent families, a newly married couple and more and I learn more and more from them every time we talk.

I am so proud that, since taking on our first client in 2012 and beginning with just that one housing unit, Milton Transitional Housing now has nine units and has now graduated its 9th client family from the program. That’s nine clients who came to use experiencing homelessness or a housing crisis who have now gone on to stable, long-term affordable housing of their own.

When I spoke at the citizenship ceremony yesterday, I spoke to the concept of community and thanked the new citizens for what they will be bringing from their communities to ours – they will enrich the country we now share with their experience, history, and actions. Yesterday, they joined our community – the one that I am so truly thankful to. The community which makes support for all of our clients possible. The community which, since 2012, has helped us to help others – to offer them that helping hand to be able to reach for a better future for themselves and their families.

Spring – it’s not just a time of hope and renewal for me – it’s also a time to reflect on the wondrous community we call home and to thank every one of you for being such an important part of our community.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend and thank you again for all that you do to support all that we do. Donna

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