McDonald’s Donates $25,000 to Huron House

McHappy Day brought together hundreds of volunteers from dozens of businesses, charities and associations on Wednesday, May 3rd.  On that day $1 from each Happy Meal, Big Mac and McCafé beverage was earmarked for Huron House Boys’ Home, and generous patrons donated in exchange for McHappy Socks, pins, scarves, and old fashioned goodwill.  McDonald’s also raised money prior to the event by collecting donations and displaying Ronald McDonald feet with the names of donors at several locations in addition to their restaurants.

Thanks to all who participated in this amazing community building event, contributing to a $25,000 donation to Huron House Boys’ Home.

McDonalds holds this day annually in support of a local charity, in addition to their ongoing contributions to Ronald McDonalds’ Houses across Canada.

Read more at Lambton Shield Wednesday’s McHappy Day Benefits Huron House Boys’ Home and the Observer McHappy Day was a McSuccess.

 

Libro Community Builder Grant

sign-cheque-groupLibro supports opportunities for adding value to the community with their Prosperity Fund. They value things like regional economic development, building financial knowledge and youth leadership.

The Huron House Boys’ Home Christmas Tree Project has just the kind of potential they support, and we were delighted to learn they chose us as one of the 2016 recipients.

The Christmas Tree Project, with the start-up fully funded by Libro, will enable Huron House youth to collaborate on a business plan and manage (with supervision of course) the business on a long-term basis.  Boys will learn about farming and about themselves as the project is integrated into Boys’ Home programming.  The project will provide boys with opportunities to develop beneficial skills and behaviours as they manage the business and the farm, and interact with the community.

But don’t expect to be buying Boys’ Home Christmas trees just yet… it takes several years before the trees are large enough to sell.

Duc d’Orleans Farewell to Summer Cruise

file-3On a perfect end-of-summer evening, guests enjoyed a lovely cruise.  Boys’ Home supporters were all smiles as they enjoyed the weather, the scenery and the classic rock tunes of Dawg House.  Quiet moments, lively dancing, and lots of laughter were all to be found and enjoyed.  Proceeds benefit the youth of Huron House.  See more photos on Flickr.

United Way Day of Caring

Twenty-five people from three organizations came together for a work party at Huron House.  The t-shirt and the smiles said it well:  “giving back, it works”.  Working together, sharing camaraderie and paint brushes, and breaking bread together was part of the experience.  Thanks to Libro Credit Union, CF Industries and Eneos Sytrolutions, and to all who came and cared.  It’s amazing how much better we look with a fresh coat of paint, and it was a joy to see teams of people living and giving the values we strive to instill here.  See more photos on Flickr. img_0314b

Check Us Out in First Monday

Boys’ Home run celebrates 30 years.

DSC_0205The Father’s Day Run/Walk/Skate/Bike for Huron House Boys Home is celebrating its 30th birthday this year.

“I think there is something about pulling the heartstrings with a Father’s Day Run for a Boys Home. It’s emotional. The community really supports Huron House Boys Home in a big way,” says Don Adam, Huron House executive director.

The Boys Home Run has become a family tradition for many people.

Over the years, the Boys Home Run has grown to include a 10k run, a 5k run, a 7k rollerblade, a 7k bike ride and a 5k walk. This year, 20k and 40k bike rides have been added.

“We are hoping to draw other types of participants with other interests. Not everyone is a runner. This is something different,” says Adam.

Routes begin and end at Mike Weir Park.

In addition to the run, there is a sausage and pancake breakfast for all participants. But, you don’t have to be a participant to attend that event. The cost for non-participants is $5 for the breakfast. The breakfast takes place on the day of the run, Sunday, June 19, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Mike Weir Park.

All proceeds from the event stay in Sarnia/Lambton and support Huron House Boys Home. Last year’s event raised $18,000 and Adam is hoping for $30,000 this year. As of this interview, 75 people were registered to take part. Adam is hoping for many more.

Many local businesses have donated prizes for the event. All participants in the event are entered in the draws for the prizes, but must be present to win. The top prize is a $250 Via Rail voucher, available for participants who raise $150 or more. The participant’s name will be entered once for each $150 raised.

Participants in the event are encouraged to help solve the Clue Game. They are given a few clues and must come up with the answer.

The 10 boys who are currently living at Huron House, along with 150 other volunteers, will be helping with the set up and take down of the event. Some of the boys even take part in the event as participants.

“We try and engage the youth in all of our events,” says Adam.

The Ministry of Children and Youth Services licenses Huron House Boys Home annually. Approximately 30 per cent of their budget comes from the ministry. Funding is also received through fee for service (Children’s Aid Society). Parents are expected to finance medical costs and provide clothes. Funding also comes through individual donations, corporate sponsors and donors and fundraising.

Huron House has several other fundraising activities that take place throughout the year. A pancake breakfast in April raised $1,191.15. Other upcoming events include Race to Erase on Sept. 24, Duc d’Orleans Cruise on Sept 15 and a Quarter Auction in November. Other major fundraising activities include Men Who Cook in February, the spring bulletin (newsletter) and the annual Christmas Appeal.

The Father’s Day Run/Walk/Skate/Bike takes place on Sunday, June 19 at Mike Weir Park. Register online, by mail or in person. For more information, visit hhbh.ca, visit the home at 2473 Lakeshore Rd. in Bright’s Grove or call Sharon at 519-869-4000. Last minute registration is accepted in person outside SportCheck in Lambton Mall on Friday, June 17, 5 – 9 pm and Saturday, June 18 10 am – 5 pm. If you can’t run, you can also pledge a runner by calling the office or visiting the website.

Mon, 05/02/2016 — Angela Crich

Breakfast at the Farmers’ Market Successful Again

Brad and John cooking sausages

Great weather and generous patrons on Saturday, April 16, 2016, rewarded the hard work of staff and youth of Huron House Boys’ Home.  Once again their pancake and sausage breakfast at the Sarnia Farmers’ Market was well received.  More than 200 breakfasts were served and more than $1,000 was donated to the Boys’ Home.

Many thanks to the community for your support, to the Farmers’ Market Board, and to:
Dave Ghobril – The Ice Creamery
Jim Armitage – Armitage Orchards
Doug Waller – Country Butcher
Bill – Weiland Meats
Ray Heeringa – Twin Bridge Honey
Rotary Club of Sarnia
Huron Oaks Golf Club

Boys’ Home boys reveal inner life with art

A Huron House Boys' Home teen took this image in Canatara Park as part of a life-describing photojournalism project. Submitted Photo

A Huron House Boys’ Home teen took this image in Canatara Park as part of a life-describing photojournalism project.
Submitted Photo

Tara Jeffrey  http://thesarniajournal.ca/boys-home-boys-reveal-inner-life-in-art/

Young men at the Huron House Boys’ Home are showing off their artistic flare thanks to a new project brought forward by a Lambton College student.

Katie Horvath, who has been placed at the Bright’s Grove facility as part of the social service worker program, wanted to experiment with art – as a new way for the adolescent residents there to express themselves.

“I found that demographic is really drawn to the arts, so I am giving them a voice through art,” said Horvath, who recently co-founded Vocalize, a student-led social justice group at Lambton College.

“The theme with Vocalize is all about finding our voices and giving a voice to the voiceless, so I decided to apply that theme with kids in care.”

The Boys’ Home provides programming and a structured residential environment for adolescent boys aged 12 to 18 with complex needs.

Horvath, 28, launched ‘students4students’ a project centered on peer support through art. Already, she’s taken the young men to photojournalism assignments, taught them graffiti handstyle, and helped them create a video about mental health.

“I find that some of the boys respond better with photography, and some respond better with visual art like paint,” said Horvath. “Some of the stuff they’re revealing in their art — you wouldn’t get in a normal conversation. I get there and they want to go right to the art room, or the music room, so it’s been really positive.”

For the photojournalism project, Horvath had participants take photos with the cell phones, out in the community, in an attempt to tell their own life stories through images.

With the video, Horvath sat down individually with the young men and asked questions about mental health, its stigma, what it means to live with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other illnesses.

“We looked further into different ways that they cope — and I found unanimously every boy in the video said they are drawn to music, to get through the stresses they have.

“I guess the goal is just self-expression,” said Horvath. “To look at yourself a little but deeper, and just to have that medium to express what’s going on in your head.

“Art is something that we all need.”

 

Children and Youth Mental Health needs provincial support

Observer readers, Wednesday, March 2, 2016

In concurrence with Det.-Const. Mike Hart’s comments featured in the Feb. 25Sarnia Observer, more Children’s Mental Health Resources are needed for children and youth in this community. One in five children and youth across Ontario experience mental health issues. It has been more than a decade since Ontario has provided base funding for community-based children’s mental health care, yet children seeking treatment continues to rise.

Children’s Mental Health Ontario calculates that a strategic investment of $65 million annually over five years will improve mental health outcomes for children and youth, save lives and save the province $700 million in health care costs.

The current system is failing to provide for children and youth. Since 2006-07, hospital emergency department admissions for children and youth with mental illness have increased by 45 per cent while in-patient admissions have increased by a startling 58 per cent. This signals that there are insufficient supports in the community sector.

Huron House Boys’ Home is an accredited Children’s Mental Health facility and has been a fixture in this community since 1970. It is also the last CMH residential facility in the community but is funded for only six Sarnia-Lambton youth. Where are these youth going? The need is there but where is the funding?

The social services in this community’s collaboration is superior to most communities; we keep the needs of families and youth at the forefront and are supported by this amazing community. We make the most of public dollars but they are insufficient to provide the needed services.

The Children’s Mental Health sector is currently undergoing a government-inspired but much-needed transformation. A new funding model may be introduced. All of us should write our MPP’s to get this issue on their radar. It only makes sense.

Children’s Mental Health Week is May 1-7, 2016. Show your support. Wear a green ribbon.

Contact Huron House at 519-869-4000 to get one.

Don Adam

Huron House Boys’ Home Executive Director