A Coffee House for North House

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Farmers to Foodies

table talks Oct 21,14

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North House is hiring !

North House Transitional Housing

Position: Homelessness and Prevention and Outreach Worker (1 year contract, renewable)
Location: north Durham Region (Uxbridge, Port Perry and Brock Townships)
Start Date – mid October 2014
Part-Time – 21 hours/week

Position Objective:
The position of Homelessness Prevention and Outreach Worker provides housing stabilization services through referrals to community resources and connection to government and nonprofit programs; assists households to maintain their current tenancies and assists people who are currently homeless (or at risk of becoming homeless) to secure transitional to permanent housing. The Outreach Worker provides contacts with landlords and assists with negotiations with prospective landlords, and facilitates mini – wraparound support services in the short to medium term, up to 3 months to ensure housing retention (to include referrals, budgeting, and effective house or job search). For those with greater needs, referrals to the North House Wraparound Manager or other appropriate services will be made. 

Responsibilities:

  • Acts as primary contact person for families and individuals at risk of homelessness;
  • Coordinates payment requests for temporary financial assistance; obtains required documentation; submits request and follow up;
  • Maintains timely and accurate client files, including Action Plans, correspondence and case notes;
  • Maintains statistical records for reporting to the region on a monthly basis
  • Conducts follow-up on contacts and on transitioned clients every three months for twelve months;
  • Networks with housing and housing stabilization programs to target the homeless population in need of housing;
  • Provides direct outreach in high-need neighborhoods and/or organizations to market the program to households at risk of homelessness;
  • Develops a stock of appropriate affordable housing units specifically designated for families in need of housing and a landlord registry;
  • Screens referrals to determine the target population; determine that clients meet basic program eligibility;
  • Conducts eligibility screening for Entitlement and Benefit Programs and refers clients to appropriate community services;
  • Works with other organizations to coordinate services to clients – “one-stop” service;
  • Maintains strict confidentiality concerning any personal information;
  • Responsible for reporting progress at North House meetings;
  • Assists in program development and quality assurance activities as directed by North House Coordinator;
  • Attends required training programs and community meetings as assigned;
  • Attends regularly scheduled supervision, staff and or other meetings as requested;
  • Mandated to report any witnessed or suspected child abuse/neglect to Children’s Aid;
  • Assists with special projects and completes other duties assigned by North House Coordinator;
  • Promotes North House’s services through presentations in the community to promote awareness of North House and what it offers via various programs;
  • Works with the Wraparound Manager of North House, updating on clients being served; maintaining a seamless provision of homelessness service delivery in north Durham.

 Requirements

  • University or college degree or diploma in human services and 2 Years human services experience;
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; computer skills including word processing; ability to work with a group or independently;
  • Valid Ontario Drivers’ License, proof of insurance and access to reliable transportation;
  • Experience in housing, housing law and other areas as they lend themselves to successfully enhancing this program, and support persons attending Landlord and Tenant Board hearings;
  • Highly motivated, creative, with excellent interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to provide comprehensive, intensive services to the homeless;
  • Knowledge of regional, provincial and federal assistance programs preferred.

Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter and resume by Friday October 3, 2014 via email to coordinator@northhouse.ca

Shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

 

 

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$150,000 OTF Grant is Just One of the Ingredients in a New Community Food Hub

Cannington – A recipe for success is what several local groups have as they get started with their plans to create a Community Food Hub in Cannington, thanks to the $150,000 grant they received this summer from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  North House, the Brock Youth Centre, SERA CV and the Nourish and Develop Foundation are the organizations lending their expertise to the initiative that will see a commercial community kitchen created as part of the hub, which can be used for future social enterprise projects.
“Congratulations to North House and their partners on receiving this Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant. This grant will help these collaborative groups create the Community Food Hub, which will serve the needs of North Durham for years to come.” Laurie Scott, MPP.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation funding will be used to outfit the commercial community kitchen that will be a part of the Community Food Hub. The kitchen will be barrier free making it accessible for those with disabilities and will meet public health guidelines, perfect for those needing more space to prepare food for sale. If you would like to learn more about the Community Food Hub please visit www.tndf.ca or call North House at 705-432-8654 or the Nourish and Develop Foundation at 705-432-2444.
“It’s a pleasure to announce that this funding will go towards increasing opportunities for the community in food production, processing and education. This is a community project that will benefit everyone, from children, youth and seniors, to farmers, and cottage industries in need of commercial kitchen facilities for the production of their value-added products,” said Anne Kewley, Chair of the North House Board of Directors.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring a community kitchen to north Durham. These have been shown to become community assets in the areas that already have them,” said Ann Watson, Coordinator of North House, upon hearing the news that they’d received a grant from the Foundation.
A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. For more information on the Foundation, please visit their website at: www.otf.ca 

For more information, please contact:

Ann Watson, Coordinator
North House
705-432-8654
coordinator@northhouse.ca

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North House is Hiring!

Maternity Leave Position: Catering Manager, 35 hours/week, some evenings and weekends required
Contract Duration: 12 months
Rate: $18/hour
Posting      Date: August 5,  2014
Application Deadline: September 2, 2014
Location:  Cannington, ON

North House is a not-for-profit,transitional housing organization that has assisted people living on low incomes in north Durham Region for 10 years. North House works with families and individuals who face housing instability, working with them to address their needs and hopes, advocating for better, more affordable housing for all.

North House is currently looking for a Catering Manager to join the team at North House Catering. This position provides leadership and direction to North House Catering and is responsible for all catering production activities including menu planning, food prep and serving, promotion and advertising, keeping stakeholders up to date on activities including funders and Board of Directors, coordination and supervision of participants, and workshop delivery on topics related to catering and food prep. Driver’s licence and access to a reliable vehicle is essential.

The position requires respect for people with barriers to employment including those living in poverty, and those who face mental and physical health issues, social isolation, etc. Sound like something you would enjoy doing?

Please send your resume and cover letter by 5 pm on Tuesday, September 2, 2014 to coordinator@northhouse.ca.

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Knife Skills workshop

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Come see what the Hubs all about!

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Seed to Blossom 2014!!!

Click Seed to blossom 2014 for a registration form

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Le Tour de Perry

We will be entering in this race and we are looking for some riders, if you are interested please call 705-432-8654

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Pricey housing markets fuel urban-suburban divide

This trend is feeding a new form of inequality – between wealthy city-dwellers and low-income earners living on the fringes, a theme explored by University of Toronto social work professor David Hulchanski in his 2010 study The Three Cities Within Toronto: Income Polarization Among Toronto’s Neighbourhoods. Unable to afford million-dollar downtown homes, these buyers are forced into cars, putting undue strain on the road network. That has both an environmental cost – among wealthy countries, Canada is second only to the United States in per-capita carbon emissions from transport – and a financial price.

See Barry McKenna’s full article here

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