How You Can Help From Home
Alex used to come to Our Place three times a day for meals. The Drop-in Centre on Pandora was the only home Alex trusted. There, he got mail, had access to computers, had a hot shower, a cup of coffee, snacks, and was able to get his tired feet taken care of. But now, Alex and hundreds of people like him can’t come through our doors to relax and feel safe.
Like others experiencing life on the street or living in poverty, Alex is focused on day-to-day survival. He doesn’t really understand the current pandemic rules.
Stay home. Wash your hands. Observe social distancing.
Following these rules is not easy. For those without a home, it’s almost impossible.
Our Place is doing everything within its power to help. We know you want to help, too, but we also want you to stay safe. That's why we've created a Help From Home campaign to make it easy.
To maintain required social distancing, we are working with those we serve in the courtyard and sidewalk. However, our paramedic-outreach workers are busier than ever conducting wellness checks, administering first aid, and saving lives when overdoses happen. Our spiritual care team is providing calming messages of hope, belonging, comfort and care. And, we’re distributing mail and relaying messages from parents and friends worried about what’s happening to their loved ones.
From your home to Our Place, you can help support our most vulnerable citizens – those experiencing mental health issues and addictions – with a donation to provide for their basic needs.
Our Place is the largest emergency meal provider in our community and has increased capacity from 1,100 sit down meals to 1,400 take out meals every day. All served with dignity and respect from our front door.
He used to enjoy talking with our staff and a few special volunteers daily. Unfortunately, we’ve had to say goodbye to over 800 loyal volunteers—for their own protection from COVID 19. This has put extra strain on our dedicated staff and increased the costs of our food bill.
We’re currently providing shelter for 176 hungry, hurting and homeless people in four locations.
And for those unable to find indoor shelter, we’re also distributing tents, sleeping bags, tarps and toiletries.
You can care for Alex and hundreds more by making a donation today. Four generous donors will match up to $375,000 to ensure essential services for people in need are provided over the first critical 90 days of this pandemic.
From your home to ours, your gift of care and concern will generate hope and belonging for those without a home or struggling to manage with so much at once, and for maintaining services from our tireless staff working on the frontlines.
Holt SivakDirector of Programs and Services