Today, Bill Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan announced that three recipients in his riding will receive government support through the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) grant program – helping businesses to expand their services and create new jobs.
With support from the province in the amount of $150,000, Shelter House Thunder Bay will hire staff for 24 months to maintain Kwae Ki Win, a harm reduction program. This will enable Shelter House to complete a social return on investment analysis, participate in a national evaluation of managed alcohol programs, and develop long-term sustainable funding.
Funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation will also be directed towards helping the John Howard Society of Thunder Bay and District to replace and install energy-efficient windows in their transitional supportive housing building. This grant of $130,000 will assist in providing a safer, well-maintained facility to offer programs and services to individuals who are transitioning from cycles of crime and homelessness.
Provincial support is also allowing Harbour Youth Services to hire part-time staff to develop and implement an early adolescent after-school program. The project, awarded $30,000 through OTF, will help increase literacy and social skills development as well as expand services for children at risk in Grades 6 to 8.
"Shelter House, John Howard Society and Harbour Youth Services each do wonderful work in our community and I am happy that, through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, we have been able to support their efforts. The Ontario government is pleased that OTF is able to help community organizations like these to continue to flourish. Congratulations to all involved."
-- Bill Mauro, MPP Thunder Bay-Atikokan
“Shelter House is very grateful to the Trillium Foundation and the Ontario Government for their support in providing and sustaining innovative housing for the most marginalized people amongst us.”
-- Patty Hajdu, Executive Director, Shelter House Thunder Bay
“Providing men and women with safe housing is absolutely necessary if they are to move forward with their lives. This capital grant from the Trillium Foundation will allow us to replace all the windows in our residential building, and will ensure continued community safety for all. The John Howard Society is extremely pleased to receive this grant.”
-- Liisa Leskowski, Executive Director, John Howard Society of Thunder Bay & District
“Harbour Youth Services is both excited and extremely grateful for the awarding of a $30,000 Ontario Trillium Foundation grant over 2 years, that has allowed us to expand our after school programs to include 20 pre-adolescent youth in grades 6-8. Now in its second year, this project is a perfect bridging opportunity that helps youth develop confidence, life and leadership skills in preparation for their entry into high school. The community at large benefits when young people are effectively guided to become happy, healthy youth who remain engaged in learning and on a path toward successful futures. The support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation in helping us to achieve those goals is invaluable.”
-- Joanne Tomlinson, Program Manager, Harbour Youth Services
A leading grant maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation builds healthy and vibrant communities through investments in community-based initiatives.
For more information about Shelter House Thunder Bay www.shelterhouse.on.ca
For more information about John Howard Society www.johnhowardtbay.on.ca
For more information about Harbour Youth Services www.hyskids.com
For more information about the Ontario Trillium Foundation www.otf.ca
Bill Mauro, MPP
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