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Posted: Jul 12, 2021

Unfortunately, due to the public health restrictions in place, HomeBridge's Annual General Meeting was once again virtual this year.  We typically combine this event with a celebration of the Expressions Program of the Arts to give the young artists a platform to showcase their newly discovered talents as well as providing our supporters with the opportunity to see first-hand what a difference they are making in the lives of the young people. We may not have been able to invite our guests to peruse an art gallery full of beautiful, one-of-a-kind creations or allow them to be the audience for a live musical performance, but we did have something special to share with everyone that truly shows the power of this program.

Art, Music, Photography and Circus Skills are all fun and creative outlets for the young people, but they are also very therapeutic and healing thanks to the highly skilled facilitators that make up the Expressions Team.  One evening, not too long ago, a resident named Jessica had a very upsetting phone call with her grandmother right before a Music Therapy session was about to begin.  Jessica shared with her Music Therapist that she was upset because she loved her grandmother dearly and was feeling very unheard when they spoke.  She said “Maybe if I write her a letter she can read it and take some time to think about what it says".  Rachel, the Music Therapist, suggested they could write her a song instead and that's when the magic started.

Jessica spoke candidly about the challenges she had faced and which areas she wishes she could improve. She chose her favorite James Bay song as the base and re-wrote the lyrics authentically explaining to her grandmother her remorse and desire for growth.  Throughout the song you can hear Jessica's laughter and her pure heart as she danced around while singing the piece.  She dedicated hours of her time to complete this project before moving on from the Reigh Allen Centre, leaving her heart and soul in the music. The following is a recording of the song which is a beautiful example of the depth and courage youth-in-care have when give the opportunity to truly express themselves.

Our virtual event also included a visit from a resident who was part of the Sullivan House program in 1992.  Lisa joined us from her home in Halifax to talk about her time with HomeBridge and what a difference it made in her life.  She admitted that she was not the “easiest teenager to deal with" back then but was grateful that she connected with one of our long-time Youth Care Workers, Lynn Parsons.  She heard of Lynn's passing last year and felt the need to reach out to us.  She spoke openly about how Lynn never gave up on her and was the first person in her life that ever made her feel worthy, loved, and like what she said mattered.  This is something that she says changed her life and almost 30 years later she still hears Lynn's voice in her head when she needs guidance.

During this time when being together hasn't always been safe, we are grateful for the communication technology that has made it possible for us to come together via our computers, phones and other devices. We are also grateful that these platforms have allowed us to share some first voice experiences directly from the youth.  We look forward to a time when we can all be together again, but in the mean time we are doing our best to pivot when necessary and stay connected in new and creative ways.

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September 7, 2021         Expanding Our Cultural Awareness
August 31, 2021         #loveyourself: A Creative Journey
August 30, 2021         The Home Depot Does It Again!
July 12, 2021         HomeBridge Welcomes a Recreation Therapist to the Team
July 12, 2021         Another Virtual AGM
July 12, 2021         Summer Orange Door Campaign
March 25, 2021         Doing Our Part
January 28, 2021         A Holiday to Remember
January 28, 2021         The Home Depot and HomeBridge
November 25, 2020         Continuing to Work Through the Pandemic
November 6, 2020         Holidays of Hope
November 3, 2020         Orange Door is Back!
October 26, 2020         Online Fundraising Auction Postponed
October 1, 2020         Orange Shirt Day
September 16, 2020         Curbside Produce
September 10, 2020         BFL Welcomes Back Students
September 9, 2020         Working Through the Pandemic
September 9, 2020         Supporting Youth to Rise Strong
July 7, 2020         Thank you to our Employees
June 23, 2020         Virtual AGM
June 15, 2020         Statement of Support
May 11, 2020         HomeBridge AGM
April 27, 2020         A Different Orange Door
March 16, 2020         Response to COVID-19
March 6, 2020         Bridges for Learning Grows
February 25, 2020         Sullivan House Moves to an Exclusive Mandate
February 20, 2020         Cooking Toward Independence
January 15, 2020         Orange Door Impact
January 15, 2020         Holidays to Remember
December 18, 2019         Sweet Competition
December 9, 2019         Connected Through Technology
December 2, 2019         Holiday Coffee House
November 19, 2019         Going Once, Going Twice. . .Sold!
November 14, 2019         Holidays of Hope
November 14, 2019         Holiday Orange
October 3, 2019         Countdown to Auction
October 3, 2019         Bridges Over Water
September 18, 2019         Making Memories
September 13, 2019         Home Grown Employability Skills
September 13, 2019         Dream it, Imagine it, and Create it!
July 11, 2019         One Door at a Time
June 24, 2019         Like No Other
May 23, 2019         40 Years of History
May 7, 2019         Opening Orange Doors
May 2, 2019         Building Boats and Relationships
March 11, 2019         Save the Date!
February 27, 2019         March Break Activities
February 27, 2019         Hive Five
January 18, 2019         Orange Doors Open to Opportunities
January 8, 2019         Happy Holidays!
January 4, 2019         A HomeBridge Holiday Tradition
December 3, 2018         Kick off to the Holidays
November 20, 2018         Lessons Learned in a Wooden Boat
November 19, 2018         The Home Depot for the Holidays
November 16, 2018         Bidding for the Youth
October 9, 2018         Holidays of Hope
October 5, 2018         Auction Countdown
September 19, 2018         Making Memories
September 7, 2018         New Year, New Experiences
September 5, 2018         Farm Fresh Experience
August 14, 2018         Heroes in Orange
July 17, 2018         Film Festival Connection
July 11, 2018         Links of Love
June 28, 2018         Orange Doors Add Up!
June 20, 2018         AGM and Expressions Celebration
May 23, 2018         Orange Doors in June!
May 1, 2018         Safe Spaces and Relationships
May 1, 2018         Daily Life Events Training
March 15, 2018         150 Years of Belief and Blessings
March 12, 2018         Save the Date
March 12, 2018         March Break Fun!
February 21, 2018         More Than A Toque
January 26, 2018         Our Santa
January 3, 2018         Orange Doors Keep Opening
December 18, 2017         Santa's Den
December 4, 2017         Raising the Roof
December 1, 2017         Holiday Coffee House
December 1, 2017         Goal Achieved!
November 7, 2017         Holiday Orange
November 7, 2017         Community Clean Up
October 19, 2017         Meaningful Change
October 19, 2017         Holidays of Hope
September 20, 2017         Summer Adventures
September 12, 2017         The Auction is LIVE!
August 29, 2017         Youth Farmers' Market
July 17, 2017         Small Doors, Big Impact!
June 29, 2017         Mental Health and Addictions Support
June 27, 2017         Team Depot
June 21, 2017         Chapters FUNdraiser
June 16, 2017         AGM & Expressions Celebration
June 2, 2017         Chapters FUNdraiser
May 9, 2017         Orange Doors are Opening
March 8, 2017         Save the Date!
March 8, 2017         March Break Programming
March 8, 2017         A Different Classroom
January 12, 2017         Holiday Magic
December 8, 2016         Tis the Season
November 28, 2016         Bidding for the Kids!
November 22, 2016         Holidays of Hope
November 22, 2016         Holiday Coffee House
November 2, 2016         Community Clean Up
October 19, 2016         It's Auction Time!
October 19, 2016         Orange Door Results
September 22, 2016         Team Depot
September 13, 2016         Discovering Talent
August 22, 2016         Run for Youth
August 22, 2016         Orange Door Campaign
June 21, 2016         Not Your Typical AGM
May 27, 2016         Orange Door Project Postponed
May 13, 2016         Save the Date!
May 3, 2016         Run for Youth
April 28, 2016         The Last Laugh
April 8, 2016         Ad for Ha Ha's
March 10, 2016         National Child and Youth Care Conference
February 22, 2016         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge
January 28, 2016         Cooking with Love
January 28, 2016         Distance Training at HomeBridge
January 13, 2016         Holiday Spirit
December 9, 2015         New Executive Director
December 8, 2015         Employability Skills
November 26, 2015         Record Breaking Auction!
November 16, 2015         Holidays of Hope
November 11, 2015         100 Men Who Give a Damn! - Halifax
November 11, 2015         The Online Auction Is LIVE!
October 29, 2015         Online Auction Countdown!
October 7, 2015         Community Clean Up
October 7, 2015         Zombie Support HomeBridge
September 28, 2015         Apple Market
September 17, 2015         Zombie Trail Run
September 16, 2015         Back to Class
September 11, 2015         Summer Fun
September 11, 2015         Youth Farmers Market
September 11, 2015         Mindful Creations
July 29, 2015         Expressions Program in the News
July 8, 2015         Orange Door Success
June 10, 2015         AGM & Expressions Celebration
June 2, 2015         Moments that Matter
May 25, 2015         AGM & Expressions Celebration 2015
May 12, 2015         Orange Door Campaign
April 27, 2015         Laughing for the Youth
March 25, 2015         Executive Director
March 19, 2015         Learning Important Future Tools
March 19, 2015         2015 California Wine Fair
February 5, 2015         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge
January 6, 2015         Holiday Magic
December 15, 2014         Holiday Festivities
December 2, 2014         Holiday Coffee House
December 2, 2014         Paying It Forward
November 28, 2014         Auction Success
November 14, 2014         Holidays of Hope
October 1, 2014         Successful Zombie Run
September 8, 2014         Zombie Trail Run
September 8, 2014         The Countdown is on!
August 28, 2014         Young Entrepreneurs
August 21, 2014         Creativity is Contagious!
July 31, 2014         Youth Farmers Market
July 10, 2014         The Orange Door Project
June 19, 2014         Inspired by the Youth
June 4, 2014         LIFT - Learning Important Future Tools
June 3, 2014         AGM & Expressions Celebration
May 28, 2014         "ReMoved" An Incredible film by Nathanael Matanick
May 26, 2014         Orange Door Project
April 28, 2014         Another Successful Ha Ha's
February 12, 2014         Food Fridays
February 11, 2014         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge Returns!
January 13, 2014         Holidays of Hope
December 5, 2013         Holiday Coffee House
December 5, 2013         Auction Raises over $7,500
December 5, 2013         Exciting New Additions
December 5, 2013         Mental Health First Aid Training
November 6, 2013         Youth Community Clean-Up
October 24, 2013         Case Management Coordinator Honoured
October 23, 2013         Hawthorne House Open House and Celebration
September 5, 2013         Holidays of Hope
September 3, 2013         Fundraising Auction Coming Soon!
September 3, 2013         The Expressions Program of the Arts
September 3, 2013         Hawthorne House Open House and Celebration
June 24, 2013         The Youth Stole the Show
May 16, 2013         It`s Show Time!
May 10, 2013         RBC Makes Dinner
April 26, 2013         Hawthorne House Complete!
April 26, 2013         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge
April 5, 2013         Hawthorne House in the News
March 11, 2013         HomeBridge Employees Train in the Art of Tai Chi
March 11, 2013         HomeBridge and IWK/CHOICES Program
March 11, 2013         The Hawthorne House Renovation Project Nears the Finish Line!
February 20, 2013         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge Returns!
January 24, 2013         Bowling for Hawthorne House
January 4, 2013         Hawthorne House Campaign in the News
January 3, 2013         Holidays of Hope
November 29, 2012         HomeBridge Online Auction Raises over $4,500!
November 29, 2012         Atlantic Business Ethics Awards Raise over $4,300!
November 29, 2012         We're 75% of the Way to our Goal!
October 30, 2012         Past Chair Receives Award of Merit
October 23, 2012         Hawthorne House PSA
October 17, 2012         Holidays of Hope
September 19, 2012         Breaking Ground at Hawthorne House
August 30, 2012         The Buskers Come to HomeBridge!
July 20, 2012         Swimming Home for HomeBridge Raises over $9,000
June 20, 2012         The Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth Honours Linda Wilson with Their Service Recognition Award
June 18, 2012         Belief and Blessings 1982-2012
June 12, 2012         Hawthorne House needs your support
June 6, 2012         Bridges for Learning Teacher wins Faculty of Arts Excellence in Teaching Award!
May 24, 2012         Linda Wilson Featured in Bluteau DeVenney & Company's E-zine
May 23, 2012         Everyone Has a Talent to Share!
April 30, 2012         Ha Ha's for HomeBridge Raises over $5,000 for Hawthorne House!
March 12, 2012         The Gordon Foundation for Children and Youth fund
March 5, 2012         HomeBridge Partners with IWK/Choices
March 5, 2012         HomeBridge continues to improve the educational experience of youth-in-care
January 10, 2012         Holidays of Hope
December 6, 2011         Coffee House
November 28, 2011         2011 Business Ethics Awards
September 6, 2011         Back to Class
September 6, 2011         What I Did on my Summer Vacation
September 6, 2011         Free To Be Me
September 6, 2011         Back to Class
June 14, 2011         Adopt-A-Library Program
June 7, 2011         Youth Community Clean Up
June 6, 2011         It's Showtime!
June 6, 2011         HomeBridge Congratulates the Halifax-Cornwallis Progress Club
November 29, 2010         HomeBridge Honoured
October 12, 2010         HomeBridge Chosen as National Site for Youth Stop Smoking Project
October 12, 2010         Telus and the Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage Support the Expressions Program of the Arts
September 14, 2010         HomeBridge Accepted into Imagine Canada's Ethical Code Program
September 7, 2010         Youth Stop Smoking Project
May 4, 2010         Exploring Possibilities
April 6, 2010         Dalhousie Medical Student Society Supports Hawthorne House
February 2, 2010         Discovering Food


















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