Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Our Place to open for lunch on weekends #yyj @ourplacesociety



Christmas Comes Early at Our Place 

Our Place Society Will Open for Lunch on the Weekends to Serve the 
Homeless and Greater Victoria Citizens Living in Poverty

VICTORIA, B.C., Nov 29, 2012 – For members of Victoria's street community, Christmas will be coming early this year. Effective December 1st, Our Place will be open for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays for the first time as part of a six-month pilot project, thanks to a generous $49,608 grant through the Victoria Foundation.

“The Victoria Foundation has identified poverty and food security as major concerns in our community,” said Sandra Richardson, CEO of the Victoria Foundation. “We are so pleased to be able to assist Our Place Society with this important initiative.”

“Finding a place open for lunch on the weekends is extremely difficult when you’re living on the street,” said Janet, family member at Our Place. “It’s about time they were open on the weekends.”

At its location on Pandora Avenue, Our Place serves over 1200 meals per day Monday to Friday. "It has been our goal since we opened in 2008 to be open seven days a week," says Shannon Renault, Board Chair of Our Place. "This is a wonderful first step toward that goal."

The Victoria Foundation and donors will be publicly recognized for their generous contributions to the weekend lunch program on December 8th at 11:15am as lunch is being served. “Our Place is extremely grateful to the Victoria Foundation and the various funders for helping us address this gap in the community”, said Don Evans, Executive Director of Our Place. “We hope to build a strong business case for weekend openings through this pilot project and garner additional community support to expand the program.”

The funds were provided through the Victoria Foundation by the Alistair S. Thomson Fund, Nathan Geminiano Fund, Humby Frampton Fund and three Anonymous Donor Advised Funds.

Our Place Society (OPS) www.ourplacesociety.com brings hope and belonging through a community centre serving the poor, disabled, and homeless of Greater Victoria. In addition to meals, OPS provides a place for people to shower, get clean clothing, participate in community programming, as well as gather and share a story with friends in a place of hope and belonging. OPS also has forty-five transitional housing units for the hardest to house in our region.

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