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.

January 7, 2016

Karen’s Story

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Jackie is wrapped in a warm blanket when Karen gently clasps her hands around Jackie’s feet. "I can feel energy traveling up my entire…
January 7, 2016

Kari’s Story

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Many of us face obstacles in our daily lives that challenge even the toughest individuals, but for Kari that very first obstacle nearly…
September 21, 2015

Dave’s Story

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There are many roads that lead to Our Place, whether you arrive as a volunteer, staff member or someone in need. Quite often, those…
September 21, 2015

Mabel’s Story

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At the age of 60, Mabel accomplished one of her lifelong goals. She graduated high school. "I didn’t really do great in school…
May 25, 2015

John’s Story

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Healing can come from the most unexpected places: planting a tree or mopping a floor, but perhaps the strongest connection is when…
January 5, 2015

Mark’s Story

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When he was only seven years old, Mark suffered the first of two serious head injuries that forever changed his life. While riding…
December 3, 2014

Rose’s Story

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When Rose was studying to earn her Business Administration degree in Prince George, she never set her sights on future goals or dreams. But…
July 9, 2014

Al’s Story

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When you first meet Al, you are taken in by his eyes: clear, strong and focused. But those eyes also contain a vulnerability that tells…
July 9, 2014

Gordie’s Story

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“What I’m scared of, terrified of, is that I’m going to go back to it. But I don’t want to go back,” says family member Gordie…
July 9, 2014

Gordon’s Story

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If you walk into Our Place on a Wednesday afternoon, you’ll find a line of people waiting for Gordon. Every week this gentle man…
July 9, 2014

Don’s Story

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“It’s like a game of snakes and ladders,” says long-time Victoria resident, Don McLeod, about injuries due to a recent bicycle…
July 9, 2014

Shawn’s story

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“My dad was a long-standing member of the Victoria street community,” says Shawn, 29, as he sips a coffee at the end of his work…