Peninsula Co-op Grants HeroWork $6,000

Last year for the Mustard Seed Radical Reno the Peninsula Co-op granted HeroWork with a $6,000 grant that allowed us to break even on the project. It was a god-send. This year they are doing it again–as well as providing a 20×20 tent.

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Garside Signs has Stepped Up Again!

In the coming weeks on vehicles across the city you’ll see a lot more HeroWork decals. If you drive by the reno site on Oak Bay Ave, you’ll also have the opportunity to marvel at the 4 foot by 5 foot project sign (see pic) that will be installed on the site in the coming days.

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Homage to the Extreme Team

I’ve got to say it. I’ve got to say it LOUD. I want to go to the highest roof top and shout, “I love my HeroWork team!”

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Re-Lined and Refreshed Bathrooms

A couple of weeks ago Wade Roberts, part of our plumbing team, talked to Rob Roiston from Bathfitter about the project. Right away Bathfitter was interested in what we intend to achieve for Threshold Housing and youth at risk of homelessness.

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Six New Beds for Youth

Then just yesterday Nicole told us some more great news. Sleep Country came through with the rest of the beds–5 of them! Roxanne Grant, from Sleep Country, emailed me today and wrote, “What a wonderful thing you have started!!!! As I had written to Nicole in an earlier email Sleep Country would be honoured to donate 5 full bed sets to the reno project.”

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THE IMPORTANT STORY OF YOUTH AT-RISK

Danielle Pope joins the HeroWork team to delve deeper into the story of homeless youth.

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Posters! Posters! Posters! Three ways.

Thanks to the genius of Michael Tension and the photography skills of Kim Jay Photography (and some creative input on my part) as well as the modeling talents of Erica Littler and Kaelin Shute, we’ve got posters coming next week.

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Man With a Heart of Gold

This is Ruffell and Brown’s third time around. They provided the window dressing for the Casa Maria Emergency Housing Radical Reno. They were there last year at the Mustard Seed custom fitting their windows. And just yesterday Nigel was at the Threshold Housing Rad Reno site preparing the windows for treatments tailored for youth.

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Coast Environmental Joins HeroWork Again

Coast Environment is supporting HeroWork for the third time in a row. They’ve been supplying the much-needed toilets, hand-washing stations, and portable fencing. This stuff might not be glamorous, but it’s oh so necessary!

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Complete Reno Walkthrough

For those who aren’t organizing this Radical Community Renovation for Threshold Housing, I thought you’d like to see all of the things we are doing.

Last week Nate Jones shot and edited an impromptu video in which I lay out all of the components I could come up with on the spot. First, I talked about some personal tragedy that happened to me as a youth and how these tragedies have become some of my personal motivations for this project. Then I go through most of the reno.

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Stand for Something and Hot House Marketing

So I was excited when, after several weeks of email exchanges, I finally got to sit down with them and tell them the full HeroWork story and vision. After listening thoughtfully, they asked a bunch of intelligent questions. (I love intelligent questions.) In the end they offered to help with HeroWork.

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Crawl Space Encapsulation is Out of this World!

Right now the crawl space for the 4-plex is dirty, dark, unsealed, uninsulated, and full of bugs and spiders. Yuck! In the winter it undoubtedly sits in water as it pours in from the bad drainage and sloping issues. Well, Chris Schmidt, from Island Basement Systems, heard about HeroWork and was inspired to help.

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Award Winning Plumbing Company Steps Up

I told them about HeroWork, the youth we’re helping, and our longterm vision of creating a community revitalization movement across the country by developing chapters of HeroWork in towns and cities all over. Phil told me about his travels to south America to help build a school. “It was an eye-opening experience,” he said. “Yeah,” I said. “Sure give you context for the paradise we live in.” “Sure does,” He said.

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O.M.G. We’ve Got Kitchens!

O.M.G. Harbour City Kitchens donates 4 new kitchens to change the lives of youth.

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Asbestos Gone!

It’s been a while coming. It started with Julie Scott-Montcrieff from North West Environmental doing a full hazard materials report on the Davie Street reno sit. It continued when Julie talked to her friend Dale Speers and inspired him to get involved.

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Reno Drawings

Check out these reno drawings created by Vance Smith of Core Drafting Services.

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