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.

August 1, 2017

Why I’m Proud of Pride

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One of my proudest moments of participating in the Victoria Pride Parade was when a young, pre-op transgender woman said that she never…
May 15, 2017

Miatreya’s Story

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“It is overwhelming what you see on the streets. The pain, the suffering, and the children. My God, the children who are out there…
May 15, 2017

Meet Aura

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Overdose Prevention Site at Our Place There are two startling statistics in the first three months of Our Place operating an Overdose…
January 10, 2017

Clifford’s Story

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At the end of a hard shift, most of us look forward to heading home, getting into something cozy, and relaxing. For Clifford, however,…
September 19, 2016

Lloyd’s Story

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Lloyd freely admits he has made his fair share of mistakes, but for the most part he was able to stand on his own two feet while supporting…
May 16, 2016

Jerry’s Story

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Wearing a Pink Floyd T-shirt, it’s evident that music has always played an important role in Jerry’s life. When asked when he got…
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…