Newsletters & Annual Reports

Newsletter, July 2020
Comments or questions? We would love to hear from you. Contact Deb Piggott, Fund Development Manager or 705-888-3636
After a long, difficult few months, Home Horizon is opening up and now able to offer support to our clients with our community partners. We are welcoming back our art therapist, Annhori Clifford.  And thanks to our generous donors, our Barbara Weider House now has outside furniture and a bbq; allowing us more time outside to reduce the likelihood of COVID exposure.  The pandemic has non-profit organizations cancelling fundraising events and scrambling for new ways to raise funds… and we are no different. Our revenue shortfalls has our fundraising committee working hard to find new and creative ways to engage our community and to ignite people’s interest in supporting our youth. If you are able to support us, click the link below. We thank you for your help and support during these difficult times.
Pandemic Pen Pals
Our Barbara Weider House residents have teamed with clients of Home for Life – a program that supports seniors to live in their homes. Both residents and seniors have experienced the pain of social isolation so we have started an old fashioned pen pal program – Pandemic Pen Pals to help bridge the isolation and make connections. Our youth wrote their first set of letters to their senior pandemic pal and are looking forward to hearing back and continuing those relationships.
Culinary Arts with Elephant Thoughts
This month Home Horizon is engaging in a new Culinary experience with the help of Elephant Thoughts. Groceries will be dropped off at the House every Thursday for the next 8 weeks and our youth who have taken their Food Handling course will cook a delicious meal as they are coached by a chef on zoom!
We are looking for Mentors
The youth are busy learning social entrepreneur skills and if you are an entrepreneur and would like to mentor some of our youth, please contact our Executive Director:
The BWH residents have taken on a new initiative to fix ‘n flip bicycles!  These budding entrepreneurs are looking for unwanted bicycles to recycle. If you have a used bike that you can drop off or we can pick up please contact Carlie:
Your S.A.F.E. Program
Home Horizon with the assistance of the United Way Emergency Community Support Fund is launching the Your SAFE program: Your S.A.F.E.: Specialized Access for Everyone – An Individualized Approach to Youth Homelessness. Funded in part by the Government of Canada’s Emergency Community Support Fund, this will allow us to reach out to vulnerable youth, both in person and digitally, as part of a COVID response.
Current & Upcoming Fundraising Initiatives
The Picnic Project 
Choose from 3 scrumptious menus, add on a wine pairing, and have your picnic of choice delivered to your door. The Canada Day launch was a huge success and we look forward to keeping up the momentum as the event continues into Fall. The picnics are perfect for date night, an anniversary, wedding present, socially-distanced get togethers or some much needed solo time in nature. Thank you to our generous event partners for putting on this event: Roadrunner Foods, Georgian Hills Vineyard, The Pop-Up Event Event Company, the Print Shop, Georgian Design Centre and Craigleith B&B. Head to our home page to learn more and to order your picnic!
A Case for a Cause
For the month of August, Georgian Hills Vineyards will be donating $50 from each case of wine purchased. Wine-lovers can come out for a tasting at Georgian Hills Vineyards to sample and select a case of wine or go online to purchase. Offer will be active from August 1st – August 31st 2020 with free delivery within 5 days for orders within 50kms of the Vineyard, orders outside 50kms will be delivered free of charge by Canada Post.  Shop Georgian Hills Vineyard and use promo code HHBWH0820 to order yours.  
Spirit Tour 
Covid-19 may be trying to bring us down but we still have spirit for this beloved event! We have gone back to the drawing board for this fun night and brainstorming ideas for a socially-distanced event of the same caliber, all in support of Home Horizon. Details to come so watch your inbox for updates. 
Thank you for supporting Home Horizon.
Thank you for taking time to keep updated on all of our news and for your continued support. As always, you can reach out to us with any comments, questions, or concerns. Enjoy your summer and stay healthy and safe! 
Deb Piggott | Fund Development Manager | 705-888-3636

News from Home Horizon, May 2020: Help Us Reach Our Bowl Goal

You may have noticed that our newsletter is taking on a new, updated look! We hope you enjoy it and continue to keep up to date on the wonderful work we are doing at the Barbara Weider House and throughout the community to help our youth.
A note from Karyn Baker, Our Interim Executive Director
This has been a most challenging and rewarding time. It has been a steep learning curve on how to keep young adults with a variety of needs feeling safe and secure during a pandemic!  These are youth who already feel anxious about their future because of their past. Our COVID-19 pandemic preventative measures are working: Thanks to the cooperation and patience of our residents, and the commitment and hard work of our staff and board members, we are grateful that our residents are all well and safe. During this time of isolation, the staff are doing their best to nourish them both physically and emotionally. It has been made easier by the kindness of our community. We have received gifts of meals, treats, games and Personal Protective Equipment! One youth even commented about “how good it felt to know that people are thinking about us.” The youth and staff are grateful for the thoughtfulness, it truly makes a difference when you are isolated. As we move forward, we will continue to be strident about keeping our youth safe especially given that they live in a communal home. We are making plans now to determine how we will gradually and cautiously open our doors when the time comes. Stay tuned.
Help us reach our BOWL GOWL

For the past 10 years, our community has gathered for Bowls for Beds, a warm and fun event that fills both bellies and our hearts! Due to Covid-19, we were not able to come together in person this year, however, we are still together apart, supporting the youth that need us most.

Please help us raise the $24,000 shortfall we would have fundraised at our celebrated event. Your support will help us continue our work in transforming the lives of local youth at risk of homelessness, while also supporting these youth through these unprecedented times. Go to Ways to Help to learn more about this special event or contact Fund Development Manager Deb Piggott for more information: or 705-888-3636.

Psst…  did we mentioned these make excellent Mother’s Day gift?

Thank you to our local businesses and friends that have helped make the Bowls for Beds event possible:

On the Bay Magazine, Scotiabank, IA Clarington, Sherwood Homes Ltd., Access Storage, Creative Café, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 63, CM Displays & Events, Thomas Vincent, The Connection, Collingwood Today, The New Classical FM, 97.7 MAX FM, 95.1 The Peak FM, Runge Associates Inc., The Print Shop and Mary’s Pharmacy

The Barbara Weider House Wish List Are you springing cleaning and looking to donate some items? Here are a few things that we could really use around the house: Outdoor Furniture | Tent | Sleeping Bags | Bikes
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