Bethany Hope Centre teams up with Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing

If you live here, you're already at school.

We know that taking the bus with young kids can be a challenge. We also know that some of our students have to ride the bus for an hour or more to get to Bethany Hope Centre (and that's when it doesn't snow). 

Well, we've decided to make things a little easier for our students. If you live in the east end of the city, you'll now have the convenience of meeting with the Learning Coach at Emily Murphy Non-Profit Housing Corporation on the last Friday of each month. Starting on Friday, April 27th, drop by 2676 Innes Road between 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. to hand in your completed lessons, ask questions about homework, or get help with that college application you've been meaning to finish.

There will be a Lunch & Learn at Emily Murphy on Thursday, April 20th from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.. We'll explain the program, answer your questions about getting connected with Bethany Hope Centre, and yes, lunch will be provided. Contact Phil if you have any questions: 613-799-2668.
  
Now is the time for sowing
It's still pretty early in the season, but it sure feels good to get started in the garden. Bethany Hope Centre now has two fun ways to interact with food on the grow - outside in our raised beds, and inside in our new garden tower.

 
This tower stands about 6 feet tall, and holds about two dozen plants.  

If you'd like to get involved in helping with the gardens, or would like to learn about how this food is getting used, contact Dennise at 613-725-1733 ext 202.


  
If you haven't done your taxes yet...


We've been helping students with their taxes for a few years now, and it's always been about the same level of fun - 'not very'. However, the number of students using BHC as their annual tax centre keeps rising. The result is competence, confidence, and collaboration.

I've recently been informed that taxes really aren't that complicated, and they can even be pretty fun. Believe it or not, Marcella and Allyssa (pictured below), were in the middle of a tax return when this photo was taken. 

Every Monday afternoon in April, Phil and Gaby will be hosting tax clinics for interested participants of Bethany Hope Centre. Call or text 613-799-2668 to sign up. Save your money. Learn how to do your own taxes for FREE!


  
Gardens are nice, but how about a snack?

It's easy to make almond milk at home. You can even use the leftover almond pulp in smoothies or treats like crackers or cookies.   
 
Here's what you need to make about 2 cups of almond milk:
1 cup natural almonds (not salted, not roasted)
2 cups water
Optional:  maple syrup, vanilla, agave nectar, honey
Cheese cloth or clean mesh cloth/bag
Blender
 
METHOD:
  1. Place almonds in a bowl and cover with water.  Let sit for one to two nights covered with a cloth in the fridge or on the counter.  You will notice the almond puff up and soften. Add water as needed.
  2. After your almonds have soaked, give them a really good rinse. 
  3. Place rinsed almonds and 2 cups of fresh water in a food processor.  Blend until desired consistency is reached. (Note: If you like thick, creamy 2% milk, use less water.) 
  4. Line a strainer with a cheese cloth.  Pour the mixture onto the cloth.  Using clean hands gather the cloth around the mixture, place over a bowl and squeeze all the almond milk out.  Continue to squeeze and press until all the liquid has been removed.  You will be left with bits of ground almonds in the cloth (almond pulp) that you will want to keep. 
  5. If you prefer, add a sweetener to your milk. Pour and enjoy! (You can store it in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.)
Check back next month for a delicious Almond Macaroon recipe. These cookies tastes great when you make them with almond pulp.

Click here to read an article about Nourish in the Ottawa Community News.
Transit fees got you down?


Eligible residents can now apply for OC Transpo's EquiPass, a new monthly transit pass that provides a lower-priced transit option for individuals or families who live on low incomes. The $57-per-month pass cuts the cost of a monthly adult transit pass in half, saving $56.75 each month, or $681 each year.    

Visit the OCTranspo website to find out how to apply.
  
Preparation for a job interview is very important

 
The job interview is very important. Treat it seriously.
 
You want to convince the interviewer that you are the right person for the job.
 
Practice answering common interview questions in front of someone (spouse, friend) and prepare questions of your own. Asking questions in an interview shows you have actually thought about the interview and have an interest in the position.
 
For more interview suggestions, speak to Phil for help and also consult the Learning Coach Database in the Owl's Perch for useful suggestions on preparing for your interview.
  
It's important to be careful when making purchases



Keeping up with the latest product recalls is both difficult and time consuming. This web site will help you cope with this ever changing information.

Consumers Union (CU) is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves.

To maintain its independence and impartiality, CU accepts no outside advertising and no free samples and employs several hundred mystery shoppers and technical experts to buy and test the products it evaluates.

The Canadian version of Consumer Reports contains information about products specifically available in this country.
  
Keep your family safe


Ontario's Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule informs parents what vaccines your baby or toddler needs. It also lets parents know when their child should get their vaccines. "Publicly funded" means that there is no cost for your child to get these vaccines. They are funded to help protect public safety.

Check here to see the full Publicly Funded Immunization Schedule.
  
Keep your family safe


What information can a landlord ask me for when I apply to rent a place?
Who is responsible for repairs and maintenance?
I can't afford to hire a lawyer. How can I get help with my tenancy issue?
How much can my rent go up?
My landlord is harassing me. What can I do?
 
Check the Learning Coach Database in the Owl's Perch for answers to these and other housing questions.

  
A service to keep you safe


Made up of professional mental health workers who provide: counselling to people in crisis and assessment and referral services to people who are victims of crime or involved in serious accidents and to persons with mental health problems who come into contact with the law. 

Victim Crisis Unit
245 Greenbank Road
Weekdays 7AM to 12AM
Weekends 8AM to 12AM
613-236-1222 x 2223
  
Please keep us informed

If you've moved recently and haven't given us your new address, please do so because without this information, we start to lose easy contact with you and since we have to report to your LEAP worker each month, need to keep our records up-to-date. 

To give us your new address, or to check to make sure we have the correct one, just give us a call or text us at 613-799-2668 or  send us an email message.
  

The Learning Coach - (613) 799-2668 (voice or text)

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