Threshold Housing TV Video Series!

As part of HeroWork’s ramp up to the Citizens’ Counselling Centre’s Radical Renovation, we are releasing the second installment of our 2015 Rad Reno video series. We are excited to make available for everyone the magic that was the Threshold Housing project for youth at risk of homelessness. Watch and be amazed once again with this 4 part original TV broadcast. And please share so that others may be inspired by the power of community!

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All Wrapped Up!

After a long and inspired road, HeroWork hands over the keys to Threshold Housing. Job well done!!

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The Big Concrete Pour

Kent McFadyen explains the big concrete pour for Threshold Housing–one of the last major components for their Radical Community Reno.

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iPhone Update – Day 4

The second weekend of this Radical Community Renovation is over. Whoa! What a ride. So many amazing people, so much talent, so much love. See what we got done today!

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iPhone Update: The Best Day Yet!

Today we needed progress. Today we needed a BIG push. We needed a magical day of productivity and action… And we got it. What a massive effort! See the power of community right here.

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Quick Glance at the Mid-Week Prep Time

Paul takes a minute to talk about the difference between the “preparation time” and the “community time” of a Radical Community Renovation.

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Day 2 iPhone Update of Threshold Housing’s Radical Reno

Day 2 started off slow with a shortage of volunteers, but we had a late surge and got a ton of items ticked off the list. By the end of the day, however, we were behind schedule. Help up get back on schedule by volunteering next weekend!

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iPhone Update Day 1of Threshold Housing’s Radical Reno

It’s the end of Day 1. Take a look at just a bit of what we accomplishments on Day 1. It’s hard to believe all of the work that got done. It’s amazing! (Please forgive the dark lighting inside the unit–it was late in the day and the power was turned off for safety purposes:)

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iPhone Update Day 1of Threshold Housing’s Radical Reno

Watch the controlled and inspired mayhem of Day 1 of Threshold Housings Radical Reno.

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Ditches and Small Victories

This Saturday morning did not go the way I expected.

Upon waking I got an emergency text from Colin Gill, owner of District Plumbing. He was at the site all by himself trying to complete the solid pipe element of the perimeter drain, but there was a lot more digging needed than he expected. He needed help. He had to leave at noon to pick up his young boy. Yet the job needed to be completed because on Monday the inspectors come. If the drain doesn’t pass inspection I have to cancel the backfill of drain-rock scheduled for Tues. This would push back the crawlspace encapsulation due to start on Wed and finish on Thurs…all in preparation for the start of the Radical Reno!

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$5K Grant from Oak Bay Marine Group

As you can imagine, it takes great flexibility from an employer when one of their people sporadically leaves to do community work. They have afforded me this flexibility. For this project I’ve been incognito for several months. Without their support I wouldn’t be able to what I do. Without their support there is no way HeroWork would be where it is: about to reach over a 1 million worth of community renovations.

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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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