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Tell us about yourself 
I was born and grew up in the greater Victoria area. After some time off the island and overseas I am back living in the GVA and working as a counsellor and facilitator. 
What is your motivation for involvement in the HTAF?
My background is in education, so I was immediately drawn to the vision of helping marginalized and homeless individuals  by supporting their educational goals. I have seen the powerful transformative power of learning, and know that unconditional support and generosity can inspire people to make lasting changes in their lives. Also, I believe in treating everyone--no matter their situation--as a person first, and that respect for humanity is something I picked up on throughout the vision statement for the HTAF.
What are you hoping to contribute to the foundation?
The creation of a Hope Centre that will act as a meeting place, counselling resource, and mentoring hub is a vision I would like to follow through with. To that end, I hope that my perspective as someone who works with homeless individuals on a daily basis will enrich our discussions, and that my experience as an educator might also add a necessary perspective to the project.
Where do you hope the Foundation will be in 5 years time?
I hope that in 5 years time the HTAF will be established enough that we will be able to focus less on awareness-raising, fundraising. and connection-building, and much more on the individuals who most need our support. Further, I hope that not only the HTAF, but also the participants of our programs will be in very different places. I hope to be able to see some of our first and second-round participants living in improved circumstances and empowered by their educational journey.



 
 
A poem by community consultant Bruce Livingstone

homeless hopes

hunting and gathering detritus
clay feet mould to walk in another's cast-off
shoes, dues, blue double yous

ghosts of children daring illegal sleep
double-parking on bright commons of public light
or shop stoop, steep slope, shrinking night

subliming shared embers of salvage, leaf, sage,
chasing the dragons of myth bottled
in ships blown west, wet, dashing on rocks of wrecked age

they: the homeless, diving fountains of blood
of grimm street donations breadcrumbing back to harbour,
labouring to line-up, straighten stiff, skilled skeletal hopes
 
 
A message from the founder of the organization, Jim Sullivan.

You have a story. Every person has a story. Our foundation exists to partner with disadvantaged people in Victoria as they strive to create positive new chapters in their unfolding story. Our program is unique in that it strives to address the needs of the whole person in order to maximize their efforts to transcend their circumstances and achieve fulfillment.

Context: The reasons for being homeless, impoverished or disadvantaged are as varied as the individuals who find themselves in that condition. Yet there is a constant that characterizes each and every person so afflicted. It is the capacity, often in the midst of overwhelming odds, to hope. However hope can often be fleeting and vague. It seeks and requires acknowledgement and nurturing to be sustained and ripened into fulfillment. Thus it is the goal of our foundation to promote hope and to help individuals through their achievement, turn hope into reality. 

MISSION: The mission of the foundation is: Transformation through education. We are a BC-registered non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people from low-opportunity sectors of society in their efforts to change their circumstances. This is achieved by funding a return to formal education or vocational training. For our part, we will encourage, promote and facilitate a return to formal education or training for people living in underprivileged or disadvantaged circumstances, and to offer our program to agencies (public or private) which help the disadvantaged. This will be accomplished by fulfilling our society’s pledges to every person enrolled in our program. In turn, all participants will sign their pledge to strive to achieve and to fulfill the criteria for program inclusion and retention. 

PLEDGES: The Hope through Achievement Foundation will: 

  • Encourage and support people to further their education or training, thereby increasing employment potential and to be with them in their efforts to create positive change. Provide each person with a peer counselor and/or education mentor from start to finish with follow up and accountability. 
  • Provide a level of funding tailored to the specific requirements of each person. 
  • Strive to insure that each person’s journey is coordinated with other community services. 

Towards the future: When our Operations Center is completed, we will offer to people from some nine low opportunity sector of society the following:

  • A Hope Development Center offering programs to help people want to change the circumstances of their lives.
  • A Bridge to Education or Training in order to achieve change in their life circumstances
  • An individualized, mentored, integrated program to support people’s efforts to achieve positive change.
 

Plans

08/24/2014

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We hope to have this blog page active on a weekly basis in early Fall 2014.

Look forward to insights from the homeless in Victoria B.C., updates on our plans as they unfold, and success stories from our programs!
 

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