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

Our heartfelt thanks goes out to all the kind and compassionate donors and supporters that have helped give hope and belonging to those in need. Below are just a few examples that warmed our hearts. 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.

We are also grateful to the organizations that provide us funding through grants. These generous supporters nourish many lives and making a true difference in our community. Please see the list of 2021 Great Grantors here.

April

The following are some wonderful stories of April giving:

This month we recognize Second Harvest’ Emergency Food Security Fund. We are grateful for their support that enable us to serve 1,000 emergency meals each day. Thank you!


We were recently presented with a $5,000 donation from the UVic Commerce Student Society from their Five Days campaign. 5 Days is a national campaign that takes place across 20 participating universities.  The mission of the campaign is to raise awareness about homelessness and collect monetary donations for a local charity.  Thank you to Christina, Grace and their team!


We have just created a page to recognize our Great Grantors. Have a look

Watch for a profile of one of our grantors, the Big Wheel Burger Foundation in the upcoming Our Place Newsletter


We remember and thank Jessie Mantle, whose faith and sense of social justice underscored her long-time support of Our Place.  Jessie lived her values, volunteering as a way

 of expressing her caring and compassion for those experiencing poverty and homelessness—she used to volunteer at the Upper Room many years ago, and that spirit of dedication never left her.  Like many who feel strongly enough about a charity to volunteer, Jessie also financially supported our work.  What’s more, she took the natural next step

of naming Our Place Society as a beneficiary in her will.  As a result, her values will continue to touch others’ lives.  We are grateful for the meaningful legacy she has left.


We would like to the thank everyone from Khalsa Aid who have restarted their dinner campaigns at Our Place, cooking and serving a fantastic meal once a month for our family members. On top of that, they have just purchased and donated one of the two fridges needed at the New Roads Therapeutic Recovery Community!


The Numbers are in! For the second straight year, we have raised over $100,000 from the Coldest Night of the Year walk with all money going to our extended hours campaigns to keep our doors open until 9pm whenever possible.


As we wrap our 2021-22 fiscal year, we send a huge virtual hug to the Circle of Love members: the 1300 monthly donors who supplied Our Place with a steady source of

reliable funds for daily food, paramedic care, paying utility and water bills for needed showers and supplies and coordinating the volunteer programs and hiring of needed staff.

Monthly donors each contribute from $5 to $1000 a month, that grew to a heart-rending total of $472,000 from last April 2021 to March 31, 2022!


March

Here are some March stories of caring and compassion:

Thank you to Sobeys and Thrifty Foods for providing us thousands of dollars in

gift cards. This will be used to purchase much needed ingredients for our meals programs. Our Place serves over 1,000 meals each and every day.


We are humbled and inspired by the recent estate gifts we have received from John Carr, Ridley Carver, Richard Chalk, Jocelyne Manning, William Meier, and Judith Turner.  Each of these community-minded people chose to extend their values beyond their lifetime by leaving a gift to Our Place Society in their will in order to give a hand up to others.  Their kindness and compassion lives on and continues to touch our family members.  What a legacy to have!


BC Nurses make such a positive impact on our lives every day. Recently they gave even more. Thank you to the BCNU for inviting representatives of Our Place to speak to their members about our vital role in the community. Nurses also were a big part of the success of Coldest Night of the Year as they volunteered at our toque toss events and hosted a rest-stop during the walkathon.


Hungry Hearts 2022 has been confirmed for September! It will feature the return of the popular culinary competition and soiree as well as a broadcast on CHEK Television. Thank you to the sponsors who have stepped forward so far: PwC, Odlum Brown, Coast Capital, CHEK Television, PARC Retirement Living, Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation, Canadian Tire. Knappett Projects, Max Express and the Times Colonist! Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Contact stevens@ourplacesociety


February

Please join us in thanking the following February heroes in our community:

On Saturday, February 26, we saw our community come out in full support of the Coldest Night Night of the Year walkathon – both downtown and in the WestShore. Thank you to everyone who made the event such a heartwarming success. The national Coldest Night  campaign raises money and awareness for issues of poverty and homelessness. Over 165 cities and charities participated and only one other location had more participants then the Pandora-WestShore walks!

Pls watch video to find out why this campaign is so important: https://youtu.be/OSI_GWVCIhw

We would like to thank the following event sponsors:

Downtown: Big Wheel Burger, the BCNU, Cornerstone Properties, Paladin Security, Proline Mgt, Dr. Fred Voon, Brown Henderson Melbye, Times Colonist, Used Victoria

WestShore: Slegg Building Materials, Island Corridor Foundation, Worklink Employment Soc., F45 Training, Auxilium Mortgage, the WestShore Chamber of Commerce, Philip Bisset-Covaneiro, IG Wealth Mgt, Langford City Centre. And of course, a big thank you to our WestShore partner Pacific Centre Family Services Association.


Barbara Bos has financially supported our work every year for many years now and has named Our Place Society as a beneficiary in her will so others can be helped in the future.  She also shares her time and talent by knitting toques and sweaters for our family members to help get them through the cold winter months.  We are extremely grateful for how she lives her values.  The world needs more people like this. Thank you, Barb!


We are very thankful to WIL Digital and ICTC for the funding to hire a UVic Co-op student for our Fund Development Team. Dane has just been hired and will be a great addition. His focus will be building towards our first in-person Hungry Hearts gala in three years!


January

Here are some wonderful stories of giving to launch 2022:

A new handwashing station was installed in the dining hall at 919 Pandora, thanks to a generous grant from the Shaw Family Foundation, for this upgrade. The grant also helped to pay for the tents in the courtyard, to keep folks dry as they queue up for three meals a day and shifts for paramedic outreach workers to distribute masks and information.


In January, we raised over $30,000 for the Coldest Night of the Year walkathon. Of the 167 charities participating this year, this puts us in the top 20. Thank you to everyone who have sponsored, signed up and helped us to promote this vital campaign. There is still time to step up, form a team, sign up to walk, fundraise and walk in support of those struggling with poverty and homelessness in our region.


Thank you to the Delta Ocean Pointe Resort, Odlum Brown, Coast Capital Savings, PARC Retirement Living, Canadian Tire, Knappett Projects, CHEK Television and the Leon Judah Blackmore Foundation who in January have confirmed their sponsorship and support of our Hungry Hearts 2022 campaign. Still some great sponsorships available.


Shout out to The Oak Bay Rotary, having just announced it raised over $12,000 with their recent raffle campaign. 1/3 Of the proceeds will be donated to Our Place. The Rotaract Club of Victoria have also just launched their raffle campaign in support of Our Place. Tickets can be purchased at rotaractvictoria@gmail.com


Pacific Design Academy will be donating its time and resources to creating a video for Our Place. Our Place was chosen from 50 local charities who applied. The decision was based on a presentation in January by two members of the Fund Development team.


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 MacDonald, 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.