Jill Cater Memorial Hope Fund
Falling through the cracks is something the people we care for are used to, and Our Place is one of the few places where they feel a sense of hope and belonging. But even with everything we do -- meals, programs, housing assistance, medical referrals, etc. -- there are some situations we aren't able to cover with our budget. And that's where the Jill Cater Memorial Hope Fund comes in. The fund was first established through the support of the Victoria Presbytery of the United Church and is available to family members in times of need for small items costing less than $100. For example, when Rosie was successfully hired as a cashier by Thrifty Foods she was worried because she didn't have money to purchase the store uniform. The Jill Cater Memorial Hope Fund made sure that Rosie arrived to her first day on the job in the proper attire, though it may have been hard to notice because of the size of her smile.
We have renamed the fund after a strong and courageous woman who touched the lives of so many of us at Our Place. Jill was an inspiration to everyone who met her. From living on the streets and becoming addicted to heroin, Jill never gave up. With the help of Our Place and through her own incredible determination, Jill became a community leader through her work at S.O.L.I.D. (Society of Living Illicit Drug Users), volunteering at Our Place, and even serving on the Our Place Board of Directors. Sadly, Jill passed away from cancer in July, 2017. Jill encapsulated everything we wish for our family members: strength, courage, humour and love. You can read more of Jill's Story here, and if you wish to donate to this special fund you'll find the donation form below.