Solving Homelessness with the region’s Mayoral Candidates
Our Place hosts panel to engage future mayors in solutions
VICTORIA, B.C. – Over 30 Mayoral candidates throughout Greater Victoria were invited to attend a special evening of engagement surrounding our region’s homelessness crisis.
Local dignitaries, media and volunteers joined Our Place staff to make everyone feel like family this Thanksgiving. Around 600 of Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens joined Our Place’s family table for a special Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, Oct. 3 through the generous support of donors, community groups and volunteers. “Thanksgiving is a special time to be with loved ones. For many people who are struggling, we’re the closest family they have,” says Don Evans, executive director of Our Place.
CHEK Around at Our Place - CHEK TV popped by for a special visit to see everything that has been happening at Our Place lately.
HarbourCats join Our Place for summer fun
Victoria’s favourite baseball team to make summer extra special for community’s most vulnerable
VICTORIA, B.C. – Each summer, Our Place hosts a series of baseball games in Beacon Hill park to give Victoria’s most vulnerable a true summer experience. The Our Place kitchen staff brush off the barbeque, and Outreach Workers make everyone feel like family as we take a few hours to help people escape the challenges of living in poverty.
Easter is traditionally a time of renewed hope, and that couldn’t be more evident than at Our Place. Local politicians, dignitaries and media personalities joined Our Place volunteers and staff to make everyone feel like family this Easter by not only serving a special meal, but taking the time to listen to those whose voices are often the last to be heard.
"After 30 years together, we were living apart, and not by choice." When you’ve been married for 32 years, the idea of living apart seems unfathomable. And when those decades have been as turbulent as Greg and Tracy’s life has been, your partner becomes your rock, your only anchor in the storm. Greg and Tracy met when they were both in their early 20s. They were both “hard partiers” with a dark undertone that would shape their lives ahead.
Grant McKenzie from Our Place speaks about giving a hand up, not just a handout. From meals & clothes to health & emotional care, Our Place provides big help in a small downtown footprint.
What a wonderful Christmas Meal at Our Place. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our amazing kitchen crew, all the volunteers, dignitaries, community leaders, wondrous staff, and our donors who make it possible. To show our appreciation of your continued support, we put together this wee video with festive music from local singing sensation Lola.
Around 1,000 plates of home-cooked turkey and all the trimmings was served to Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens at Our Place’s family table for a special Thanksgiving meal on Wednesday, Oct. 4. Through the generous support of donors, community groups and volunteers, local politicians and media representatives from TV, radio and print rolled up their sleeves to dish out a full meal of turkey, potatoes, garden veg and yummy dessert.
A Pathway out of Poverty
When I look out of the windows from Our Place on Pandora, I see a veritable flock of large metallic cranes constructing new buildings in our downtown core. While part of me relishes the thought of more and much needed housing, another part of me wants to turn this economic boom into a positive for the most vulnerable citizens in our community.