Why Give

At Our Place, a meal is often that first crucial step toward a healthier and happier life, one filled with connection, hope and belonging.

A nutritious meal is often what brings those we serve through our doors, but when they come to us for meals, we get the chance to spend time with them and offer them some support and care. We work to nourish the whole person – physically, socially, spiritually, and psychologically – and connect them to a path of positive change. When folk come to us for a meal, it’s more than just food on a plate – it’s compassion, community, acceptance – it’s a meal, plus so much more. 

Nourish Community

The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate action of its members. – Coretta Scott King

We are very excited because now that pandemic restrictions are easing, and vaccinations are in progress or complete for Our Place staff and those we serve, whom we call our ‘family members’, we are able to begin to come together in person once again.

With your help, we can begin to bring back the much-loved, much-needed programs and supports that you make possible, and that volunteers from around our community help deliver:

  • ID & tax clinics,
  • arts & crafts groups,
  • ‘50+ Club’ social outings,
  • haircuts,
  • footcare for ‘street feet’,
  • job and skills training,
  • and much more.

Programs like these are a direct result of your donations and are hugely impactful on those we serve. They help nourish community and togetherness in folk who are in need of connection and often overlooked and cast aside by many. When people attend these programs and services, it’s a chance for us to connect one-on-one, to begin to build trusting relationships that can lead to more positive journeys.

For many, the time spent with Our Place staff and volunteers could be the only few hours of friendship, peace, and comfort they receive in a week or even longer. You nourish a community of belonging. Our family members will be grateful.

It’s the care and compassion that only Our Place staff and volunteers can provide: calming voices, friendly smiles and laughter, and connection. Your kindness will help folk who are experiencing homelessness not only meet their basic needs, but also let them know that someone cares for them.

CLICK HERE to read why so many people in our community come together to support Our Place. Will you join our caring community of donors?  

Nourish Change, Nourish Dignity, Nourish Community, Nourish Hope.


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