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.
Giving Thanks for Family at Our Place -- Local dignitaries help serve over 1,000 Thanksgiving meals to region’s homeless and working poor.
Thanks to our fabulous sponsor, 2 Burley Men Moving, we have a new TV ad running on CTV that focuses on just some of the important work we are doing in Victoria.
As many food service providers are facing skyrocketing demand, it seems donations are tanking. And some are pointing a finger of blame at tent city. In each of the last three months, donations for Our Place Society have fallen by $50,000. Administrators say calls and emails indicate frustration with the courthouse encampment. “I think people were starting to feel that there was some entitlement, that there was some violence growing there, there were some issues with the neighbourhood and people were struggling to support it,” Evans told CTV News.
Hunger in Victoria has hit a new high. More people are turning to meal programs, but at the same time organizations say donations are drying up. In the 2015-2016 fiscal year, Our Place Society served 100,000 more meals than the year before. “We are seeing more seniors, people struggling with health care costs and housing costs. We’re seeing younger people that can’t find jobs and we’re seeing more people on the street,” said Don Evans, executive director of Our Place.
Choices open house and art show testament to once-homeless woman’s transformation Residents of the Choices transitional shelter threw open their doors Saturday, welcoming the public in for lunch, and an exhibit of their artwork. Our Place Society, which runs the 50-space facility, including indoor rooms and an outdoor tenting space, is looking to View Royal residents for support to extend operations through March 2017. But Sunday’s event was put on the people who have come to call it home, and one woman in particular who’s made a remarkable transformation.
In co-operation with the City of Victoria, Our Place is helping transform a small piece of Centennial Square into a therapeutic garden for those living in transitional housing.
Most vulnerable offered day of great food with dignity
Local businessman Scott Burley had so much fun serving up some of Victoria’s best food truck grub to the vulnerable population at Our Place last year, that he’s doing it again.
“I want everyone to be treated wi0h kindness and respect, regardless of their income or station in life,” says Burley who owns and operates 2 Burley Men moving company. “All the local food vendors I approached were eager to get onboard, and I know it will be both a fun and eye-opening event.”
Medicine Hat has committed to finding someone a place to live within 10 days of learning he/she is homeless. Eugene, Oregon has been exploring shelter alternatives, such as micro-housing in Opportunity Village. And Victoria is a strong supporter of a Regional Housing First Strategy. Together, these three cities have one common goal: to end homelessness.