If the last year is any indication, 2016 is going to be a busy time of change and transformation.
There has been a lot of attention in the public consciousness this winter about the need for affordable housing. At Our Place, we are responding by opening our facility at 6:30 a.m., allowing access to hot food, dry clothing and clean, warm showers. This winter, however, we felt it was important to do even more.
Jackie is wrapped in a warm blanket when Karen gently clasps her hands around Jackie’s feet. "I can feel energy traveling up my entire body," Jackie says. "Like a weight being lifted."
The confession brings a smile to Karen’s face. She has heard it before — many times — but each experience means something different to every person she treats.
We took a video camera out to our courtyard and asked several Our Place Family Members if they wished to say anything about the support of our donors throughout the year.
Standing on the precipice of the Johnson Street bridge, David was ready to jump. Despair had brought him to the brink.
There are many roads that lead to Our Place, whether you arrive as a volunteer, staff member or someone in need. Quite often, those paths are multi-forked and complex, but the end result is always that you’ve found a place of healing, hope and belonging.
At Our Place, we are always working at creating the best opportunities to help the most vulnerable take those first steps toward a life changed. One of those recent opportunities has been in transforming 15 of our transitional housing units into a new recovery floor.
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