Incredible youth volunteers

The other day, I was reading the Champion article on the incredible youth volunteer Hannah Goodwin and it made me think of the famous quote from Carmen Martine.

“The more we increase the active participation and partnership with young people, the better we serve them. And the more comprehensively we work with them as service partners, the more we increase our public value to the entire community.”

You will often hear that the youth of today shape tomorrow’s future but at Milton Transitional Housing we don’t have to hear it from anyone – we see it on a regular basis.

Take young Hannah Goodwin for example. Hannah, at age 15, has already been a familiar face to anyone attending a fundraiser hosted by MTH. She has been an active participant in our youth leadership training as well as acting as our youth outreach ambassador and volunteering regularly in such events as the Coldest Night of the Year and Empty Bowls.

The Champion highlighted the amazing commitment Hannah has to Milton in their article, which can be found here 

In it, Hannah is quoted as saying “I’ve learned that (homelessness) is here, not just something that’s happening far away. It can be affecting anyone,” said Goodwin. “I know it’s not always vivid to see in a small community, but it’s important for people to know it’s still there.”

I also saw first-hand some amazing activism earlier this year from three grade eight students at Boyne Public School. Aleema, Jasra and Esther chose to do a project on homelessness. Not only did they create a display, a power point, and a Ted Talk on homelessness to present to their fellow students, they also undertook their own fundraising initiative. They sold water, cookies and freezies and raised over $270 which they donated to MTH.

The above photo is the pamphlet created by these grade eight students to support their fundraising. It was incredibly inspiring for me to attend their school presentation and see the incredible work they’ve done. The level of advocacy, commitment and dedication to helping other shown by the youth of Milton never ceases to amaze me.

Hannah, Aleema, Jasra and Esther – you are rock stars in our eyes and I am so grateful to you for all that you’ve done to help the homeless, hungry and hurting in our own backyard.

Kudos to each and every one of you! And thank you again for helping Milton Transitional Housing be there for those who need us.

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Spring is coming!

Ah, Spring. What a wonderful time of the year this is. People are coming together all over again this weekend – whether for Passover, Easter or a general joy in the early Spring weather.

I love these kinds of long weekends where we get to gather with family and friends, catch up on some long overdue projects or simply relax and unwind for a few days.

You can smell the coming Spring in the air – the season of renewal and hope that is coming.

For me, it is also a time of gratitude. We are so fortunate at Milton Transitional Housing to have such great support within out our community. We had such tremendous support for our Coldest Night of the Year event, raising $48,105 from our amazing teams of walkers and our sponsors.

Special thanks go out to walker Jeremy Fisher – he took information about Milton Transitional Housing back to his fellow employees at Lowe’s Distribution Centre and they held a bake sale in support of MTH, raising over $400!!

Featured image of  MTH Executive Director Donna Danielli accepts the donation of over $400 raised through an employee bake sale from Lowes Distribution Centre Human Resource Coordinator Mishi Hassan.

I’d also like to extend a special thanks to our local faith community during this time of celebration. We receive a great deal of support from our local churches through Milton Area Churches Working Together and are grateful for the financial donations received from First Community, Faith United, Boston Presbyterian and Grace Anglican Churches. MTH was created through the great work of these and other community supporters and our gratitude to them is overwhelming.

You see, MTH has come a long way since we took in our first client, in our first one bedroom unit, in 2012. We have grown to nine units, ranging from one, two or three bedrooms to serve a variety of family needs. Our current clients include families of 6, single mothers, seniors, newcomers, singles and newly married couples. We have just had our tenth graduate from the program! That’s eleven adults and ten children who overcame their precarious living situation with the help of MTH and are now living independently in their own long term stable affordable housing!

We could not have done it without the support of everyone I’ve listed above, those of you reading this message and so many others in our community. From the bottom of my heart – thank you for making such a difference in the lives of those who need it the most.

This holiday weekend – I celebrate each and every one of you!

And there are still more things to come from MTH – we will celebrate our 12th graduate next month, freeing up a unit to make a difference in our next client’s life.

We also have the Milton Fashionista Flip fast approaching on April 13 and 14 at the Italian Club in Milton. Tickets are still available and clothing donations are still being accepted.

We have two new events happening in June, with more information to come shortly.

And with all of the hustle and bustle of the past few months and new upcoming events, planning for the Annual Empty Bowls event has been moved to Fall 2018.

That’s a lot of information for one blog post! Thanks for sticking through to read to the end and I hope that your and your family are making the most of this great weekend and doing whatever it is you love best.

Thanks again for always being there for us and have a great weekend.



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Milton Fashionista Flip – A Fashion Show With a Difference

A Fashion Show with A Difference           


Last year we hosted our first fashion show as part of our annual Fashionista Flip fundraising event.  This was no ordinary fashion show though. Our models were all local moms, who had never modelled before, but thought it would be a fun thing to try.


The clothes were expertly curated from donations we had received for the Fashionista Flip, and the outfits were so spectacular that we almost had a bidding war for some of them!


Delectable refreshments and cream tea were provided by our local tea lady, Edwina Doddington of Escarpment Tea Rooms.


After enjoying tea and the fashion show, there was still plenty of time to shop for spectacular bargains. One shopper, a new teacher, bought 70 individual items of clothing, setting herself up with a brand new wardrobe for the year.


It was such a successful evening, that preparations are underway for our second one on Friday April 14th. We would love to see you there, or at our regular Fashionista Flip on Saturday April 13th.


What is the Fashionista Flip?


It’s an opportunity for you to renew and refresh your wardrobe with gently-used and nearly-new items, while supporting Milton Transitional Housing.


During the months leading up to the event, we have been accepting donations of good quality, gently used women’s clothing and storing them.  Closer to the event our volunteers will be getting together to sort, organize by size and and arrange all the clothing on rolling racks and tables ready for the day.


All proceeds from the sale of tickets and apparel go directly to support our programs.


How you can help

  • Donate your clothes. We are still accepting donations of women’s clothing, accessories and shoes.
  • Help us to sort clothes. As you can imagine, we have a huge amount of clothing that needs sorting by size, hanging and organizing. This takes place during the week leading up to the show, and is always a fun few days.
  • Come to one of the events. Tickets are available at
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Bring on the New Year


What a year it has been here at Milton Transitional Housing, and it is all thanks to you, our wonderful supporters and volunteers.

MTH has grown in so many ways over the past year – more events, new board members, and more graduates!!! Our little program has grown from three client families in three units when I started in 2014 to nine client families in nine units!! That’s three times the number of families we can help, thanks to you. And what a wide variety of clients we serve now – from single clients to families, single mothers with children to a newly married couple, from a senior citizen to a newcomer family – they’ve all become members of our client family, and I couldn’t be happier.

And did I mention the nine graduates as well? That’s nine client families who came to us homeless and in the past three years have gone on to the long-term stable, affordable housing of their own!

This Christmas season was particularly heartwarming. Thanks to the generosity of local churches such as Grace Anglican, Knox Presbyterian, Boston Presbyterian and First Community Church, as well Brookville Public School, Pack a Bag Foundation and Steve’s Christmas Acres Fundraiser, our clients had an amazing holiday. From the brightly wrapped presents to the books, socks, and pajamas, from the food hampers and gift cards – it was truly heartwarming to see our community come together to ensure everyone had a bright and Merry Christmas.

This was also the year we saw the most ever given in personal donations from so many people who believe in what MTH is doing and reached out to help. Our first ever events – The Comedy Roast of Mayor Gord Krantz and the Stay At Home Gala were both popular and fun for those involved. Thank you to everyone who supported these new events, as well as our other events Fashionista Flip and the popular, family-friendly event Coldest Night of the Year Walk! Fundraisers are so important to what we do, but it is seeing so many happy, smiling faces at events like the Coldest Night of the Year Walk that help keep us motivated and engaged year round. There truly aren’t enough words to thank you all for always being there for MTH and the people we serve.

We also saw our Board of Directors increase this year – welcoming new Board members Wendy Roberts, John Pollard, Ken Eady and Marshall Horner. I am already seeing the impact of new voices and new ideas in the agency and can’t wait to see what the next year holds for this dynamic bunch of volunteers.

We also mourned one of our own this year – the loss of our friend and volunteer extraordinaire Freda Flook was a blow we were slow to recover from. Freda’s impish grin and attention to detail enhanced everything she participated in, and she is sorely missed.

2017 also marked a time of new relationships for MTH – many thanks to the 100 Women Who Care, who made us a charity of choice at their October meeting as well as the Community Foundation of Halton North who honoured us with a grant this year. Many thanks as well to the Oakville Milton Real Estate Board and GEAR Foundation for their continued support. And I would be remiss if I didn’t take this moment to thank Halton Region as well – their support through the rent subsidy program and the community investment fund has made a world of difference to those we serve, and I am incredibly grateful.

What a year 2017 was for us – I can’t wait to see what 2018 will hold! Hopefully, I will have a chance to see and thank all of you at one of our upcoming events – The Coldest Night of the Year launch on January 20, the Coldest Night of the Year Walk on February 24 or the Fashionista Flip on April 13 and 14. There are lots of ideas for new events as well, and I always need help planning them – if you are interested in volunteering on one of our committees, please let me know. I’d love to work more closely with you.

I hope you have a wonderful New Year and I look forward to seeing everyone in 2018.

All the Best,


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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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