Busy season gearing up at House of Shalom Youth Centre


STEP3By Ron Giofu


The House of Shalom Youth Centre and its members will be very busy in the coming weeks.

Activities director Rebecca Deline said that the House of Shalom will be involved in eight events in nine weeks starting with the annual House of Shalom Charity Golf Tournament at Sutton Creek Golf Club in McGregor.

“That sets off our fundraising,” Deline said of the golf tournament. “It’s grown a lot.”

Deline said the golf tournament usually attracts upwards of 70-80 participants but they are hoping it grows even larger. She noted that sponsorships are up this year.

“We’ve got a lot of new sponsors in the community this year,” said Deline.

Those sponsors include businesses joining in for the first time or others increasing the level of their sponsorships. Cost to enter the golf tournament is $135 per golfer and includes 18 holes and cart, a steak dinner, and door prizes. More information can be found at www.houseofshalom.ca.

Following the golf tournament, the House of Shalom will be hosting “Ladies Afternoon Out” inside the youth centre May 25 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

“It’s a brand new fundraiser for us,” said Deline.“We’re very excited.”

Local people in the beauty industry will pamper women in the woman’s choice of three areas – whether it be hair, nails, massages, facials or others – during the day at a cost of $25. There will also be numerous other vendors on site as well as “mocktails” and finger foods being served. Deline said those in the beauty service industry are donating their time to the event.

“It’s a relaxing afternoon for women who need a break,” said Deline.

The House of Shalom’s benefit dinner will be June 6 at the Verdi Club. Last year’s dinner had a prom theme but Deline noted they went in a different direction for this year’s dinner as it will have a Hawaiian luau theme.

“We wanted to go to something a little more laid back this year,” said Deline.

The dinner is often a fun night for volunteers with the House of Shalom but members of the public often come out to support it as well. Ticket prices have not been set for that as of yet but Deline said tickets will be available in the next few weeks at the House of Shalom.

The House of Shalom also works in conjunction with five other youth centres in Windsor-Essex County as part of the United Way’s “We Rock” collaboration. Members will be participating in a yard sale at the Rose City Islamic Centre at 5420 Empress St. East in Windsor June 7 while on June 17, there will be an event at the pool in Essex from 5-6 p.m.

The House of Shalom will also be assisting Bright Child Montessori with a children’s festival June 21. More information will be published in the near future on that but Deline stated the House of Shalom is excited by the fact their volunteers are getting to be known and valued in the community.

There will be a “summer kickoff” event for youth and leaders at the House of Shalom June 26 to celebrate the end of the program year while volunteers from the House will also be part of Canada Day festivities July 1.

“We had a blast last year even though we were rained out,” said Deline. “(The volunteers) are very excited to be part of it. Hopefully we have better weather this year.”

There is a new fundraising committee that Deline said is willing to come up with new ideas and then carry them out. She added the community takes a lot of pressure off of them by supporting the events.

“(The committee) is very enthusiastic and have a lot of fresh ideas,” she said.

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