Our Place

Our Place made the decision to transform a small recreational space with 35 mats in the basement of their location at 919 Pandora Ave. after the search for another winter shelter in Greater Victoria was unsuccessful. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)

Nightly waiting list sparks opening of new 35-bed shelter in Victoria

Our Place will transform small recreational space to make room ahead of winter

Our Place made the decision to transform a small recreational space with 35 mats in the basement of their location at 919 Pandora Ave. after the search for another winter shelter in Greater Victoria was unsuccessful. (Kendra Crighton/News Staff)
Every month for 10 years, volunteers with Vets for Pets have treated animals of low income, transient and homeless people at Our Place. (File submitted/ Richard Leon Gauthier Photography)

Vet services for Victoria’s pets of the homeless cancelled for first time in a decade

Vets for Pets faces a volunteer shortage that’s forced the group to cancel its recent service

Every month for 10 years, volunteers with Vets for Pets have treated animals of low income, transient and homeless people at Our Place. (File submitted/ Richard Leon Gauthier Photography)
Staff from Kid Sister participated in the Hungry Hearts fundraiser for Our Place (File contributed)

Our Place fundraiser gathers a record-breaking $150,000

The sixth annual Hungry Hearts event let foodies pick the best dishes in town

Staff from Kid Sister participated in the Hungry Hearts fundraiser for Our Place (File contributed)
Beauty Day spreads ‘brightness’ at Our Place

Beauty Day spreads ‘brightness’ at Our Place

Volunteer hairdressers, estheticians, even a tarot card reader took part in the Victoria event

Beauty Day spreads ‘brightness’ at Our Place
Grant McKenzie, director of communications at Our Place, pulls out one of the plastic totes in the new storage facility. The facility allows people to keep up to 50 pounds worth of possessions in a safe, dry space. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

WATCH: New storage facility opens at Victoria’s Our Place

The new building allows people without homes to store their possessions in a safe and dry place

Grant McKenzie, director of communications at Our Place, pulls out one of the plastic totes in the new storage facility. The facility allows people to keep up to 50 pounds worth of possessions in a safe, dry space. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Ninety-year-old Ruth Tuffin volunteers three days a week and has done so for the past six years. She says it is the best three days of her week. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)

1,000 free Christmas meals served at Our Place

Community donations fuel support for those in need

Ninety-year-old Ruth Tuffin volunteers three days a week and has done so for the past six years. She says it is the best three days of her week. (Arnold Lim/Black Press)
Our Place is hosting its annual Christmas lunch on Tuesday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Our Place to serve 1,000 plates of Christmas lunch

Volunteers and staff have been working for days to prepare turkey, stuffing and fixings

Our Place is hosting its annual Christmas lunch on Tuesday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Garth Tufford said he’s going to wait until Christmas to open his gift, which he received through the Angel Gifts Program at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

WATCH: Hundreds of gifts go out to Victoria’s Our Place patrons

The Angel Gifts Program saw 700 Christmas presents go out to the community

Garth Tufford said he’s going to wait until Christmas to open his gift, which he received through the Angel Gifts Program at Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Victoria’s first Coldest Night of the Year is on Feb. 24. (Photo courtesy Our Place Society)

Our Place hosts Coldest Night information session Friday

Fundraising walk supports organization that dishes up 1,200 meals a day

  • Dec 7, 2018
Victoria’s first Coldest Night of the Year is on Feb. 24. (Photo courtesy Our Place Society)
Our Place is calling for more blanket donations as temperatures drop (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria’s Our Place is calling for more blanket donations

As temperatures drop more donations for coats and blankets are needed

Our Place is calling for more blanket donations as temperatures drop (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Todd Litman is one of the volunteers at Our Place who helped serve a latke lunch in celebration of Hanukkah. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria volunteers serve up latke lunch at Our Place

In honour of Hanukkah Our Place patrons participated in celebratory games and songs

Todd Litman is one of the volunteers at Our Place who helped serve a latke lunch in celebration of Hanukkah. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The new Therapeutic Recovery Community will be housed in the former Choices Transitional Housing site in View Royal. (Grant McKenzie/Our Place)

Our Place’s addiction recovery community opening Friday in View Royal

The Therapeutic Recovery Community aims to break the cycle of homelessness

  • Oct 25, 2018
The new Therapeutic Recovery Community will be housed in the former Choices Transitional Housing site in View Royal. (Grant McKenzie/Our Place)
Our Place Society is holding a blanket and sleeping bag drive as winter approaches. (Pixabay)

Homeless Action Week: Our Place Society asking for blankets, sleeping bags

The fundraiser is off to a slow start as the days get colder

Our Place Society is holding a blanket and sleeping bag drive as winter approaches. (Pixabay)
Elfrida Schragen stands in front of some of the portraits she painted of frequent visitors to Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

VIDEO: Victoria artist paints portraits of the homeless

Elfrida Schragen says spending time with patrons of Our Place has changed her view on homelessness

Elfrida Schragen stands in front of some of the portraits she painted of frequent visitors to Our Place. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Community members incuding police officers and elected officials from across the region volunteered at a Thanksgiving lunch at Our Place Wednesday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Our Place in Victoria serves Thanksgiving lunch to those in need

Community members volunteer to serve up 1,000 plates of a traditional turkey dinner

Community members incuding police officers and elected officials from across the region volunteered at a Thanksgiving lunch at Our Place Wednesday. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Renee Johnny gets the chocolate topping on her ice cream sundae from Ron Neal at the Christmas in July barbecue at Our Place on Tuesday. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS

Our Place celebrates Christmas in July

Afternoon barbecue serves up turkey burgers and Santa hats under the hot sun

Renee Johnny gets the chocolate topping on her ice cream sundae from Ron Neal at the Christmas in July barbecue at Our Place on Tuesday. Kristyn Anthony/VICTORIA NEWS
Josh Blair, executive vice-president for Telus Health, and registered nurse and program co-ordinator Maude Blanchette Lamothe stand outside the new Victoria mobile health clinic, a joint program between Doctors of the World and Telus Health. The mobile clinic will work with members of the city’s street community to provide health care to those who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Photo courtesy Telus Health

Mobile health clinic treats underserved patients where they are in Victoria

Telus Health and Doctors for the World team up to expand idea

Josh Blair, executive vice-president for Telus Health, and registered nurse and program co-ordinator Maude Blanchette Lamothe stand outside the new Victoria mobile health clinic, a joint program between Doctors of the World and Telus Health. The mobile clinic will work with members of the city’s street community to provide health care to those who might otherwise fall through the cracks. Photo courtesy Telus Health
Our Place has traditionally stayed open only until 6 p.m. through the spring, summer and early fall. New funding will allow it to remain open until 9 p.m. daily. File photo

Our Place Society receives funding to extend summer hours

BC Housing, Island Health and the City of Victoria jointly pledge $125,000

Our Place has traditionally stayed open only until 6 p.m. through the spring, summer and early fall. New funding will allow it to remain open until 9 p.m. daily. File photo
After clearing its final hurdle earlier this week, Our Place Society will likely open its therapeutic recovery community at 94 Talcott Rd. in View Royal in the fall. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)

Therapeutic recovery centre likely to open in the fall

Former Choices facility in View Royal to be transformed

After clearing its final hurdle earlier this week, Our Place Society will likely open its therapeutic recovery community at 94 Talcott Rd. in View Royal in the fall. (Kendra Wong/News Gazette staff)
Rick Murray has been taking courses with “Next Steps” to help learn employment skills after a series of motorcycle accidents changed his physical working abilities. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS

Our Place offers ‘next steps’ to employment

New skills-building program launches to help people facing barriers find work

Rick Murray has been taking courses with “Next Steps” to help learn employment skills after a series of motorcycle accidents changed his physical working abilities. Nicole Crescenzi/VICTORIA NEWS
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