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.
Thank You to all our Summer of Hope donors from Our Place Executive Director Don Evans on behalf of our incredible staff and all those we serve.
Saying goodbye to Our Place's lobby ambassador as Gordie moves into a new home to call his own.
Victoria students turn homeless shelter into a lesson in giving back
Global TV: Students at a Victoria middle school are volunteering at a controversial homeless shelter, turning a controversial decision into a life lesson. Neetu Garcha reports.
Community comes together to serve over 700 meals to the homeless and impoverished of Greater Victoria. Local politicians and dignitaries 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.
Transformation happens every day at Our Place. David and Ian explain what Our Place means to them and how it helped when they were both at their lowest point.
The Big Latke Lunch & Dreidel Spin-off - Bringing Hanukkah to Our Place
VICTORIA, B.C. – To celebrate Hanukkah – the Jewish Festival of Lights – eager and excited volunteers of the Congregation Emanu El took over the kitchen at Our Place on Wednesday, Dec. 28 for the third annual The Big Latke Lunch. The one common denominator that links all faiths during the holiday season is a special feast. Combine that with the spirit of sharing, family and friends, and suddenly the meal becomes an event.
When it comes to Christmas dinner, Our Place needs a lot of prep time. That’s because its kitchen staff and volunteers expect to feed over 750 hungry people.
As manager of food services at Our Place, Brian Cox is a pro at creating tasty meals for the masses on a limited budget. And thanks to the extra support of donors during the festive season, he’s able to get his hands on 450 kg of turkey, 225 kg of potatoes, 110 kg of stuffing, 100 kg of vegetables, 115 litres of gravy, 25 kg of cranberry sauce, 125 pies and over 1,500 cups of coffee.
Angel Gifts at Our Place - Over 750 presents will be delivered to people in need
VICTORIA, B.C. – For the last four years, Our Place volunteer Linda Ryder has dedicated her Christmas to collecting as many presents as possible. But before you get jealous, she then gives all of them away to vulnerable people who might otherwise go without.