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Freedom and Acceptance at New Roads

Self-described “functional addict” Dean was never homeless, didn’t face poverty or lose his job. But, like so many of those we serve at Our Place, the trauma in his past, including coming from a broken home and a stint in foster care, played a big part in how his life unfolded as an adult. “I […]

Meet the Chefs of Our Place

Food has the amazing gift of bringing us together. Gathering for a meal and sharing with others around us is a universally joyful experience. Here at Our Place it’s no different. Serving over 1,400 meals a day, 365 days a year, is no easy feat – but we love doing it because we know that […]

Hope Lives Here, at New Roads

Hope is a word we often toss around casually as if it has no weight. But it does. We feel it is light because we so desperately need it in our lives, but to give someone hope is often a difficult and trying task. Hope can also mean the difference between not caring if you […]

Community and the Path to Recovery

Nestled in a quiet, unassuming neighbourhood in Saanich, Jaymac Place houses a unique “family” that’s built on shared community, lived experience, and now, brotherhood. “I have been clean and sober for one and a half years now and I have come a long way, with the help of the staff at Our Place,” says Patrick, […]

Volunteering at Our Place Strengthens Community for All

Some people may turn their heads to avoid interacting with those experiencing homelessness and poverty in our community, unsure, and even afraid, of what they might see or experience if they do. Grayg Mitrou, an Application architect and small business owner, and now a member of Our Place’s dedicated team of 300+ volunteers, shares that […]

Planting Seeds of Hope through Work

Many people might be surprised to learn that a big part of what we do at Our Place is nourishing change by supporting the people we serve – whom we call our family members – to find purpose and ways to contribute through teamwork, skills training, and employment. Our WorkPlace Breaking barriers, building skills and […]

Walking through the Minefield of Addiction towards Hope

The perfect gift is unique to each individual, but the greatest gift of all can be the strength to save your own life. “People tell me I have a really impactful story,” says Jordan, Team Lead at New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community, and a recovering addict. “In a nutshell, I am the only surviving member […]

Thomas’s Story

Thomas has never had trouble excelling at anything he puts his mind to, but he has struggled in the past to find true purpose. That all changed, however, when he first walked through the doors of Our Place some 15 years ago. The building was still under construction, the very first housing residents were just […]

Maree’s Story

While Maree is a beacon of sunshine as a volunteer in Our Place’s computer lab, it’s her grit and determination that make her story resonate with those she helps. Born in Melbourne, Australia, as the eldest of five siblings, Maree first noticed something wasn’t quite right after going through puberty. “I suffered from depression, but […]