SOURCE: Our Place Society

Our Place Society

December 03, 2015 10:00 ET

Winter Demand Breaks Records at Our Place

Drop-In Centre Extends Hours Again to Help Homeless

VICTORIA, BC--(Marketwired - December 03, 2015) - This winter has placed an incredible strain on the impoverished of Victoria with increased demand setting new records as Our Place responds with more meals and longer operating hours.

"When people leave the overnight shelters in the morning, they're stuck shivering in the cold until we open our doors," says Don Evans, executive director at Our Place. "We couldn't stand by and watch that happen, so we are opening our Drop-In at 6:30 a.m."

Our Place is now open from 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week.

Filled to bursting on the coldest days, Our Place has also set a record for the number of meals served in a month with November hitting a new high of 63,000 meals.

"We're relying heavily on our partners and local grocery stores," says Evans. "But the truth is, this increased demand means we could use extra financial support this season."

Local businesses have stepped up to sponsor a number of meals for Christmas, and Our Place is encouraging its donors to become monthly supporters year-round to help sustain our growth and reach more people.

"We're committed to helping all those in need," adds Evans. "And during these cold, winter months that means keeping our facility open for as many hours as possible."

Our Place is also making sure that resources are in place to help people once they arrive in the facility's drop-in centre. Programs have been put in place to help find housing, medical care, job skills, education, plus support for mental health and addictions.

"We couldn't provide any of the supports that we do without our donors," says Laura Walsh, director of development. "And we are so thankful for everyone who is digging deep this year to help the most vulnerable."

Our Place is a unique inner-city community centre serving Greater Victoria's most vulnerable: working poor, impoverished elderly, mentally and physically challenged, addicted and the homeless. Individuals and businesses provide the majority of financial support for its programs and services. Our Place provides over 1,600 meals per day, hot showers, education, job skills, free clothing, counseling and outreach services, plus 45 transitional housing units. Most importantly, it provides a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need.

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:
    Grant McKenzie
    Director of Communications
    T: 250-388-7112 ext. 225
    Cell: 250-217-2406