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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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Comedy Roast of Mayor Gord Krantz

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Milton Mayor Gord Krantz has spent more than five decades in the public eye – as a councillor from 1965 and Mayor of the growing Town of Milton from 1980 to present day.

On December 1, 2016, he broke the record of the longest-serving mayor of Ontario record held by the now retired Hazel McCallion.

Putting a celebrity in the cross hairs of comedic barbs is what’s fun about a roast. A panel made up of the mayor’s peers will come together comically trash this honored guest both personally and professionally.

Join friends and family as we celebrate his momentous anniversary, not with a toast to his achievements, but a good-natured roast of a man who has buy klonopin visa dedicated his adult life to public service.

This light-hearted event will poke fun at the man, the mayor and the legend. Although as Mayor Krantz is quick to point out – as the roastee – he will have the last word.

All proceeds from the event will be directed to Milton Transitional Housing – a local agency assisting those experiencing a housing crisis in our community. Its mandate of providing rent geared to income supportive housing and case management enables individuals and families to graduate to independent living.…from Hope to Home, summarizes our belief that people’s lives can be rebuilt with support and assistance from their community.

The Comedy Roast of Mayor Gord Krantz will feature hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a whole lot of laughs as we celebrate the life, the times and the politics of Milton’s longest serving mayor.

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Fabulous Milton #cnoy17 Walk raises $50,000

We are very proud of Milton for the wonderful turnout of walkers for our fourth annual COLDEST NIGHT OF THE YEAR WALK in Milton – more than 200 people walked altogether – and with the wind, it really felt like the coldest night too!.

When all of the proceeds are counted, together we raised more than $50,000! That money will go a LONG WAY to supporting Milton Transitional Housing’s participants through the next year, and they (and we) are very grateful to everyone who contributed.

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Feb 25th Coldest Night of the Year Day!!!

February 25, 2017 is proclaimed to be Coldest Night of the Year Day in Milton, Ontario!!! Help us again raise $50,000 for those in a housing crisis.

From the bottom of our hearts, we thank Milton Mayor Gord Krantz for proclaiming Feb 25 to be the coldest night of the Year Day in Milton. The support of Mayor Krantz and Milton Council has been amazing each year and is very much appreciated.

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Countdown on to Milton Fashionista Flip!!!

We are now just one short week away from our third annual Milton Fashionista Flip!!!

Fashion minded ladies have been taking the opportunity to clean out their closets of those hardly worn clothes and accessories and donating them to MTH.

On Saturday, January 28, they will join us at The Italian Canadian Club of Milton at 104 Tremaine Road, Milton to renew and refresh their wardrobes for the upcoming season.

The event runs from 10 am to 3 pm. Tickets are available for a cost of $10 each and then each item of clothing is $2. That’s right – just $2! That designer bag, those classy shoes, that new dress – each is just $2!

New this year is the VIP event on Friday, January 27 at 6:30 pm – this features tea and refreshments, a fashion show and a chance to shop early. Tickets are $50

Tickets for both events are available on eventbrite.ca and all proceeds of the sale will support those experiencing a housing crisis in our own community.

Currently, Milton Transitional Housing is responsible for 9 rental units and has 24 participants receiving services from the organization.

We couldn’t do what we do without your support so thank you so much to those who have purchased tickets or donated clothes to this event.

Tickets are also available at the MTH office at 25 Brown Street (inside the Habitat for Humanity ReStore).

Donations can also be dropped off at the MTH office or the Vacuum Store at 785 Main Street East.

 

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