Sunday, June 26, 2016

Tangible impact from funds raised

To me this wonderful quote from one of the recent MTH graduates illustrates beautifully that the money raised through grants and donations is making a tangible difference in the lives of people in our community.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Seeing the true impact of transitional housing

Whether we volunteer, donate, provide sponsorship or grants we all want to see that it has a true impact.

This lovely quote from one of our single female graduates wonderful illustrates the positive outcomes that the Milton Transitional Housing program has made in helping someone step up to independence. It provides us all absolutely reassurance that what we are doing is worthwhile and matters.

"Milton Transitional Housing has given me a safe space to reacquaint myself with my strengths and the support to use hem to deal with my problems. The support offered is allowing me to work on my goals (personal and professional) and deal with my challenges without being defined by them."

Photograph courtesy of Stacey Newman

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

HubSpot donation

Thank you HubSpot for the donation to Milton Transitional Housing. All donations are very much appreciated.

I was lucky enough to write a Customer Story on the global HubSpot blog. As a thank you, HubSpot was kind enough to offer to make a donation to a charity of my choice.

The article described how to write and optimize a blog post in 45 minutes

The value of content on the HubSpot blogs is outstanding and a go-to destination for learning best practices in inbound marketing. We are building many of these principles into the new MTH website and social presence that is currently in development. Their inbound methodology has become a movement in its own right and has the potential to help supporters of MTH advocate in our community.

In the Customer Story I recommend several HubSpot tools or courses.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Ryan Bolton true story

Ryan Bolton's cover story in the Canadian Champion prompted this blog, which has now amassed over 32,000 views from 374 posts.

True story

Toronto writer and photographer, Ryan Bolton, and I have just made contact for the first time.

"Let me just start with: thank you.
I used to always say that the reason I write, the reason I tell stories, is that if one person reads something I penned and questions society, questions ideology, or starts a conversation about a topic, I've done my job.
And eight years removed, you just showcased this. On a story I hold near and dear, nonetheless."

Expect us to explore the background to this original article much more. At the time, Bolton was an intern at the Burlington Post back in 2008. Through his own investigation he started to uncover that members of the communities affected by a housing crises were being pushed out of affluent Milton, Burlington and Oakville into Hamilton or Toronto.

Bolton was struck by the fact that in Halton, with almost half a million people, there weren't any resources.
"In an affluent community that has money to spend, they wouldn't on those from poor socio-economic backgrounds." 
It was the September 12, 2008 Champion story written by Bolton that stimulated us to act. There were many challenges and dead-ends in the first few years. We persisted. There is comfort that now 5 individuals or families have graduated from the resulting Milton Transitional Housing program.

Bolton fittingly shared this quote from Robin Williams
"No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world"