Stories

Transforming lives begins with something as simple as a friendly smile and a non-judgmental ear.

That’s why Our Place believes in offering a hand up rather than a hand out. The lives that have been transformed because of the love, support and friendship that radiates within our building is incredible. See a few of our stories below, plus more stories can be found on our Donor Impact and Gratitude pages.

June 20, 2022

Dustin’s Story

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…
February 15, 2022

Mikala’s Story

Story
/
After surviving on the streets of Victoria for 10 years, Mikala finally found the strength and determination to change her life. “I…
December 9, 2021

Jordan’s Story

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…
October 18, 2021

Max’s Story

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…
July 8, 2021

Mitchell’s Story

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…
May 21, 2021

Beverly & Andrew’s Volunteer Story

Story
/
What do you do at the end of a long, hard week of running your own home-based business? If you are Beverly and Andrew, you spend every…
May 21, 2021

Janet’s Volunteer Story

Story
/
“I’ve been a volunteer with Our Place for four years,” says Janet who enjoys helping out at reception and in both kitchens. “Four…
May 5, 2021

Tim’s Story

Story
/
Tim Dafoe never thought he could have a new start, nor if he was even worth it. Between the ages of 10 and 21, Tim spent 9 years…
March 23, 2021

Leslie’s Story

Story
/
From Victoria to Paris and back again, Leslie has lived a whirlwind life that saw her climb the peaks of happiness to the valleys of…
February 16, 2021

Tony’s Story

Story
/
The one word that has followed Tony around for his entire life is ‘Trouble’. He doesn’t know if his birth parents loved him…
January 21, 2021

Dakota’s story

Story
/
When the coronavirus pandemic first hit, Dakota Johnny thought about going back to his old life of using crystal meth. When he was…
October 14, 2020

Forest’s Story

Story
/
Without a lone moment of kindness, Forest may have fallen deeper into the depths of addiction. After moving to Vancouver…