We are so grateful to Our Place’s Donors and Supporters!

Each month, we will update this page to give special recognition to those who have made a major difference in the lives of those we serve.

Here are some wonderful year-end stories of giving:

We are grateful to Ben Salvatore.  He generously donated a vehicle to us through Donate A Car Canada (donatecar.ca/), a service that liquidates vehicles for charities.

Ben’s creative thinking and kindness has provided much-needed financial support to benefit our family members.  Thank you!


We are pleased to announce the completion of chapel renovations at the Drop-In Centre thanks to The United Church of Canada Foundation’s Living Spirit Fund. Their $8,000 Seeds of Hope grant for chapel renovations and volunteer support will enable us to enhance spiritual care for all at Our Place.

The Seeds of Hope granting program supports innovative, unique, and much-needed projects which enable congregations and other United Church-affiliated individuals and organizations to live out the New Creed’s call to seek justice, live with respect in creation and love and serve others. For more information, please visit the Foundation’s website: unitedchurchfoundation.ca the United Church of Canada Foundation Seeds of Hope


The work as therapy and educational upgrading programs will expand in 2022 for residents of the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community, thanks to significant

donations from the 100 Women who Care Saanich Peninsula and Joan Wiggins and the RBC Foundation (donation of computer lab equipment), and

Bernie and Cairine MacDonld, in honour of Marj Tory, who believed “work is love made visible.”


Our first Honorary Life Membership in the Our Place Society was awarded in 2021 to our top donor and long-time supporter John McEown by our OPS Board Chair

Allan Saunders and Treasurer Andrea Jakeman-Brown. Were also nominated John for an Honorary Citizen of the City of Victoria, which he was awarded in October this year.


Thank you to the Dodd Family for sponsoring our Christmas dinner. We still couldn’t invite them in to serve but they still stepped forward to make sure it happened again this year.


Thank you to a couple culinary community leaders. Tutti, a food ordering app partnered with our restaurants and did a Christmas giveaway, resulting in 250 orders, which

meant a donation of $500 to Our Place Society. As well, Virtuous Pie donated $1 from every holiday pie sold out of our Victoria location to Our Place Society.


We are so grateful to the cast of our Christmas Carol dramatic reading in December. Thank you to the team from CBC radio and Victoria Chamber CEO Bruce Williams for makin

g Charles Dickens’ classic tale come to life again this year.


Gratitude to the team at 100.3 The Q stepped up again this Christmas to raise over $3,000 in cash and gift cards during their Christmas fundraising drive


FLT tripled almost the fruits of its labours this year through one of the hottest summers and wettest falls in recent memory. Our Place Society “family members” benefitted f

rom FLT’s in-kind donation of 17,381 pounds (7,891 kg) of 11 different types of locally grown field-to-table ingredients for those meals. The valuation of $62,685 for that labour

, that several staff witnessed first-hand on a summer day tour of the Newman Farm site, is so appreciated.


Here are some wonderful stories of giving in November:

Thank you to those caring and compassionate people who have recently updated their will to include a gift to Our Place Society. Eileen Gormley is one such person who feels a bequest is a great way to extend her values and support beyond her lifetime.


Our Place Society honours the memory of the late Larry Wagner, the late Reverend Elizabeth Butler, and the late Mr. Arthur Whittingham. We have received bequests from each of these donors that will help us serve those experiencing homelessness, poverty, the opioid crisis, and mental health issues. Their kindness and caring for others will continue to be felt.


Major Gift donors Peter and Sandra Powell ensured that the Digital Job Seekers program continues at Our WorkPlace into 2022 and that Chromebooks stations will be installed in temporary housing locations for residents to connect to resources such as bc.211.ca. (pic on desktop).


Thank you to the McLean Foundation who are helping us to ensure that we are able to provide a small Christmas stocking to every resident of our housing and shelter sites.


We are grateful to CBC Victoria and the Canadian College of Performing Arts who are working together to create a wonderful virtual Christmas Carol Dickens reading.


Jordan from New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community received 2 spontaneous donations of guitars for Tom Lee Music! One for Art Therapy I and one for Music Therapy at TRC…


Thank you to everyone who is stepping up to sponsor a meal! As of December 1, we are able to invite groups back to serve meals to those in need. We are grateful Sparta Finance, Epicure, Carbon Cure, The Neal Estate Team, Dr. Jennifer Lee LIDA Homes, the Niven Family Khalsa Aid, and the Dodd Family!


In November Vic PD dropped off hundreds of pairs of socks in November to help those struggling with the inclement weather.


A huge thank you to Camosun College’s Criminal Justice program who gathered bags and bags and bags of clothing for the most vulnerable on our streets. We will get these donations sorted and ready to hand out.


We are grateful to the Coldest Night of the Year sponsors who have stepped up so far: Slegg Building Materials, The Times Colonist, Used Victoria, Paladin Security, DR. Fred Voon, WorkLink Employment Soc. Auxilium Mortgage and the Westshore Chamber of Commerce.


Here are some wonderful stories of giving in October.

This month we are sending thank you cards out to our Hungry Hearts donors and sponsors who maked this year’s signature fundraiser our most successful one yet. Scroll down or Click here for our Times Colonist 4 page wrap which includes a list of campaign contributors.

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TD Canada Trust has made significant contributions to Our Place Society in October, donating $10,000 as well as bags of clothing and supplies for those in need.

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In October we also received a City of Victoria Great Neighbourhood Grant for $5,000 toward the cost of cleaning supplies, janitorial contactors, a marquis tent and outdoor heaters.

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While the Dodd family were not able to join us in person this year, they sponsored the Thanksgiving dinner at Our Place and have committed to the same for Christmas!

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And a special thank you to everyone who contributed to our Thanksgiving campaign this year.

Your support meant that we could serve hundreds of delicious hot turkey meals with all the fixings to our family members this week. Lots of smiling faces, full bellies and warmed hearts were made possible because of your kindness and generosity.

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We thank the Victoria Foundation for their support through the Community Recovery Program, helping us upgrade our computers and remote connection so we can continue to provide best-practice services during the challenging conditions of COVID-19.  This grant was made possible thanks to the:Joan C. McCarter Foundation, Orion Fund, Humby / Frampton Fund, and Rapid Relief Fund.

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Thank you to the Sovereign Order of St. John of Jerusalem Knights Hospitaller ~ Victoria Commandery for coming down to Our Place in October to present their donation. https://youtu.be/bhjML7KSI_w towards medical supplies for paramedics and foot care clinics. It will make a big difference for our health and safety programs

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So grateful to the Times Colonist and their readers for the donation to our meals+ campaigns which helps to ensure anyone who needs a meal gets one as well as access to our wrap-around services.

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Thank you to all of our Hungry Hearts sponsors and auction donors.