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Dustin’s Story

When he was six years old, Dustin’s mom remarried and his new step-dad adopted him. It was a new beginning for his family, but unfortunately “my step-dad was not a very nice man,” says Dustin, 42. Violence at the hands of his step-father, (“There were weeks when I couldn’t attend school,” he says) led to […]

Portraits of Caring

Portraits of Caring IT’S YOUR TURN: For the past few years, renowned local artist Elfrida Schragen has painted portraits of community leaders. This year, you have the opportunity to have a personal portrait done by Mrs. Schragen. Consider a portrait of a spouse, your children, other family members, treasured pets, CEO, board member etc. Each […]

Mikala’s Story

After surviving on the streets of Victoria for 10 years, Mikala finally found the strength and determination to change her life. “I died three times,” she says of her former life where she was addicted to crack cocaine and alcohol. “All three times I was by myself, but divine intervention brought me back.” Her third […]

Dandelion Street Outreach program launches

Dandelion Street Outreach program launches at Our Place Our Place is known for its community drop-in centre on Pandora Avenue. It is one of the few places where anybody who is struggling with homelessness can find the help they need. But there is another portion of the street community who are hunkered down in isolated […]

Christmas Meal

Christmas at Our Place in time of pandemic  VICTORIA, B.C. – Despite COVID throwing another wrinkle in the works, Our Place wants to make sure that everyone can still enjoy a festive Christmas meal. “Our chefs are busy cooking turkey, smashing potatoes, mixing stuffing and peeling vegetables,” says Julian Daly, Chief Executive Officer of Our […]

Jordan’s Story

The perfect gift is unique to each individual, but the greatest gift of all can be the strength to save your own life. “I am the only surviving member of my family,” says Jordan, a recovering addict and team lead at New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community operated by Our Place. “My parents struggled with addiction […]

Coldest Night

Coldest Night You Can Take a Big Step for our Neighbours in Need. Save the date: We are excited to announce that Our Place will be participating in the 2023 Coldest Night walkathon on Saturday, February 25. We are also excited to announce that the partnership with pacific Centre Family Services Assn. in the WestShore will […]

Max’s Story

If there is one thing Max has learned in his young life, it’s that recovery takes time. It is not as simple as flicking a switch and being ‘cured’. It takes hard work, self-determination, and a support network of family and professionals championing you along the way. Max was only 13 when a drug dealer […]

Mitchell’s Story

As a young boy growing up in Shawnigan Lake, Mitchell loved sports. In fact, after first donning skates at the age of two, he became so accomplished that he, along with his skating partner, earned bronze medals in figure skating pairs at the 2007 Canada Winter Games. “I had such an amazing childhood,” he says. […]