Have You Bought Your Tickets?

By now you have all probably heard of our Annual Fundraiser taking place on September 12, 2016 at McGinnis Landing. For those you do not know what LHR is or what it does here is some information.

It is important that we get the word out there so that people can support such a great cause. The London Housing Registry is a service available to anyone who needs sustainable and affordable housing. We always have an up-to-date registry ready for when you come in for your intake. If your housing criteria is not met volunteers stay in touch and continue to give you options until you are satisfied. Our services are volunteer based so through the help of volunteers we are able to keep our services running and fully functional. The money raised from the fundraiser each year goes to ensure that the facilities are fully functional and running to provide the best service to the London community.
Last year we were able to raise $9500, help us beat this record this year! The evening will consist of live entertainment by country singer Cathy Truelove, live and silent auctions, 50/50 draw, hors d’oeuvres, and a cocktail theme. We request that silent and live auction purchases be made in cash or cheque only! Tickets are only $25 and can be purchased at the London Housing Registry on 379 Dundas Street or through volunteers that are selling. Call to find out more are (519) 434-3344. Please consider supporting our efforts and come to attend the event.

Written by Mariam Hamou- Social Media/Blogger

Welcoming Refugees to London Ontario

Recently Canada has welcomed around 25,000 Syrian refugees through government and private sponsorship. London, Ontario has welcomed around 1000 newcomers and Londoners are wondering what they can do to help. Many organizations have created new services and are dedicated to helping newcomers settle in and learn about the great things Canada has to offer. There are many things you can do to help.

1) Volunteer: Organizations such as the Cross Cultural Learning Center, Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Salam Donation Center are in constant need of volunteers to either offer their time to provide translation, touring services, or help sort out donations. Even dedicating a few hours a week can help make all the difference.

2) Donate: Centers have been collecting all kinds of donations such as clothing, furniture, kitchenware, or even monetary. You can choose a charity dedicated to helping local refugee settlement programs or donating internationally.

3) Tutor: Those who have been blessed with the ability to speak two or more languages can offer their time to tutor children or adults learn English. The Cross Cultural Learner Center and Boys and Girls Club are only two organizations that are always looking for volunteers.

4) Housing: If you have a private property you wish to rent out to those in need you can have it enlisted with housing services including with us at the London Housing Registry.

5) Offer Companionship: This one might seem silly to some but refugees have sacrificed so much back in their homelands that they come here and often feel lonely and isolated. Checking in on your neighbour every once in a while or inviting them to community events can teach them a bit about the community or letting them know they have a friend looking out for them.

Londoners have been exceptional in donating their time and efforts towards helping newcomers. Sometimes all someone needs is a friendly face or a helping hand. Welcome refugees from all over we are happy to have you!

Here is a list of some of the organizations previously mentioned:

Salam Community Donation Center
Cross Cultural Learner Center ways to get involved
Goodwill donation centers
Salvation Army volunteer and employment opportunities
Government of Canada website for more ways to help

Written by Mariam Hamou- Social Media/Blogger

Fundraising information

If you have not bought your tickets for this year’s fundraiser make sure you do so now! This year’s fundraiser will be a bigger than the last so do not miss it.

Last year the annual fundraiser took place at Dolcetto Risto which has continued to host our event year after year. With about 100 guests and $9500 raised last year we hope to beat this number this year. This year our event will take place September 12, 2016 at 7pm. McGinnis Landing will be hosting our night to remember at their restaurant which holds about 160 guests.

Our silent and live auctions in the past have included some fabulous deals including spa certificates, hotel stays, gift baskets, autographed San Antonio Spurs Shoes, a mini fridge full of beer, and much more! This year we request that purchases from the auctions be made in cash or cheque only.
The night will be full of cocktails, hors d’ouevres, live and silent auction, 50/50 draw, and this year our live entertainment will be provided by country singer Cathy Truelove.

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Tickets are $25 each and available at the London Housing Registry on 379 Dundas Street or by individual volunteers, call 519-434-3344 for more information. Get your tickets today!

If you would like to sponsor or donate to our fantastic event contact us by phone or email at 519-434-3344 and intake_londonhousing@ymail.com with the subject Fundraiser Donation.

Written by Mariam Hamou- Social Media/Blogger

Sponsorship Request

The London Housing Registry is looking for sponsors to help contribute to our fantastic annual fundraiser. It is thanks to the continuous support of our sponsors that we are able to make our event such a success year after year.

Sponsors will receive thank you incentives that correspond with their contribution title. We have platinum, gold, silver, and bronze titles. Every little bit helps and will be greatly appreciated. All money raised from our fundraiser goes towards ensuring that our facilities, workshops, and services remain accessible for everyone. Thank you in advance and please donate generously.

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National Volunteer Week – Thank you from Shelley Milos

Thank you for helping all those less fortunate find housing in the City of London. Without volunteers, the London Housing Registry would have enormous difficulty keeping up with the demand. It is because of YOU, that LHR has been able to successfully secure housing for 23, 217 households.

Give yourself a pat on the back…..you deserve it; after all YOU are the BEST!
Thank you for your loyalty and commitment!

 

Sincerely,
Shelley Milos
Executive Director

National Volunteer Week – Thank you from Florencio Viray

With this week, The National Volunteer Week (April 10-16), The London Housing Registry, would like to thank our volunteers, past and present for giving their time, skills and dedication to make an important contribution to our community.

This year’s theme is “Volunteer is the roots of strong community.”

This is quite the reality for our organization because believe it or not, we will not be able to attain the goals we set every year without the contributions of all of our volunteers. Even with limited resources, the London Housing Registry choses to face the challenges by working harder, hoping that it’s done its part to make a stronger London.

Thank YouThe impact of LHR volunteers’ contributions may be analyzed by looking at the impressive housing placements we produced each year and overall totals since our inception. But we perhaps the most important contributions of our volunteers are those intangibles that can’t be measured numerically.
For example, we will not be able to measure the extra encouragement our volunteers give during their one to one intakes with our clients. We will not be able to measure the dedication in making they show-up with their early morning shifts to go to emergency shelters for outreach. We will not be able to measure the extra time they spend on each individuals and families who comes to our office asking immediate service even if they are in the middle of lunch or other tasks. And lastly, we will not be able to measure, the extra patience they give to our housing workshop participants, detailing to them the importance of knowing housing related legislation or by-laws to make them a good tenant, hoping for our participant not to experience homelessness in the future.
Again, to our volunteers, thank you.

 

Sincerely,
Florencio Viray
Volunteer Manager