Youth Services’ National Award
On June 2, 2014, Youth Services celebrated its 20th Anniversary and a special distinction of the event was the presentation of one of four national awards from Eva’s Initatives. Representatives, Melanie Redman and Maria Crawford presented Tara Everitt, Youth Services supervisor, with Eva’s Award to End Youth Homelessness in recognition of Youth Services’ efforts to help youth in the Kingston community with housing and support services.
Photo (l-r) Ed Smith (Director), Bill Dobson (President), Tara Everitt (Supervisor, Youth Services), Tom Greening (Executive Director), Joe Hawkins (Member of Kingscourt Community Association ), Melanie Redman (Eva’s Award representative), Mayor Mark Gerretsen, Maria Crawford (Eva’s Award representative).
The move to 540 Montreal Street has been a rejuvenating experience for the whole agency. With the co-location of In From the Cold Emergency Shelter, the Housing Help Centre, Supportive Housing offices and our administrative offices into one central location, our staff has greater sense of providing services that inter-connects all of our various programs for the benefit of those who seek assistance.
As another winter approaches, we all can appreciate the importance of a home when temperatures plummet. All the donors are commended for their gift to help those whose lives are challenged by homelessness and poverty. We thank all of the donors for helping us help others.
As this is “Giving Tuesday” (the Tuesday after Cyber Monday), Home Base Housing acknowledges and appreciates all the “giving” that we receive on behalf of our clients. THANK YOU!
If you would like to join the fun on Saturday, June 21, you can registration online through this link http://www.thewayhome.myevent.com/. The website allows you to sign up and manage your own pledges as well as other people can pledge their support of you! So gather a team of co-workers or challenge your co-workers for highest funds raised or simply follow your own path on Saturday, June 21st at Lemoine Point.
For regular updates on THE WAY HOME, follow the link on the website to our Facebook page!
“As we sit here in the middle of the night of our first evening at the new shelter, we just wanted to say: WE LOVE IT HERE! We admit that we had a lot of trepidation about moving. Change is hard; we didn’t know what to expect, how would it work on 2 floors, would we have everything we needed, where’s the milk jug??? But with very few minor – and no major issues – we have put everyone to bed and can sit back and admire this beautiful space that has been created from a dream and the dedication of this organization.
We watched as our clients entered this new space tonight. It was magical to share their excitement — after years in the crowded basement at 426 Barrie Street — it was like we had arrived in a new world. At first, people were in awe and maybe a bit overwhelmed. But that was quickly followed by a wonderful calm contentment… that this time in their lives, a time of struggle and uncertainty, did not define what they are worth. We think there was a realization that this agency respects them as people, deserving of a place like this, because they ARE worth it!
Although 540 Montreal Street is just a ‘building’, we felt like we were part of restoring hope and dignity to people tonight.
Thank you to everyone for all the hard work that went into making IFTC at 540 Montreal Street happen!”
Alex and Brooke
We’ll be planning our Grand Opening soon and will share the news as soon as we have a date! Stay tuned!
Thank you to all the volunteers, staff, board and businesses who have contributed to the renovation of 540 Montreal Street and we’re excited to open our doors to welcome new and former clients and tenants on April 8, 2014. Once the dust settles and the boxes are unpacked, we’ll be announcing when our Grand Opening Ceremonies will take place. .. stay tuned!
540 Montreal Street will be the new location of In From the Cold emergency shelter with its 24 beds and 5 private rooms to accommodate individuals that may have special needs that require privacy. The Housing Help Centre is also part of the move and will continue to assist individuals and families seeking housing outreach or eviction prevention services. The centre will also continue to provide Community Voice Mail service for those who are without a phone of their own but want to stay in touch with family, friends, or potential employers or landlords. The Supportive Housing and Youth Services programs will also have offices in the building as well as our Administrative offices. With everything under one roof, Home Base Housing improves its continuum of services to those seeking assistance in securing temporary, transitional or permanent housing or in maintaining the housing they have.
The Open House on December 4 marked the launch of our Capital Campaign for 540 Montreal Street. In just a month’s time, Home Base Housing has raised more than half of its $150,000 goal with the generous support of individuals, businesses, faith groups and foundations. If you’d like to donate, please visit our home page that will link you to the CanadaHelps page where you can make a secure on-line donation. For those who prefer more traditional methods of donating can send a cheque to: Home Base Housing, 417 Bagot St. Kingston, ON K7K 3C1.