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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,

Donna

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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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MTH events galore for your attention

The MTH events help us comprehend the scale of the housing crisis while providing a tangible way that we can each contribute to our community.

See here the links to the great coverage from our recent forum and decide which of our events galore take your fancy. Which one will you support and in what way?

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Envisioning an end to the housing crisis

The Housing Our Future forum in Milton helped envision an end to the housing crisis.

See videos from Dan Giampuzzi and Ryan Bolton as well as the list of the panelists from the community agencies across Halton, who contributed to the forum. Finally, flip your closet to support the 3rd Milton Fashionista Flip.

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