Where the food goes:
Our Place is a community centre serving Greater Victoria’s working poor, the impoverished elderly, individuals with mental health and physical challenges as well as people who are homeless. Our Place provides 45 transitional housing units, serves more than 1,200 nutritious meals per day, offers hot showers, free clothing, care programs, counseling and outreach services. Most importantly, Our Place provides a sense of hope and belonging to our neighbours in need. For more information, please visit ourplacesociety.com.
The Y Pandora Youth Apartments offer safe and affordable transitional housing for youth aged 15 to 19 years. The Y Young Moms program offers supported, transitional housing for young moms age 16-29 who are parenting one child under 5 years of age. The goals of these programs include fostering skill development, providing support services for participants, and helping participants achieve independence as they transition into long-term independent housing. The initiatives offer workshops on food preparation, and the Grow A Row program provides youth and young moms with fresh, healthy, locally-gardened produce to build skills in cooking and eating well.
We provide family resource programs and services that respond to the needs of families in the area such as family outreach, parent & child programs, childcare, a youth centre and special events. Grow A Row donations contribute to the Centre’s drop-in lunch and learn program for seniors, community dinners, and community members in need.
The S.A.F.F.E. dinner group is a life-skills and recreation group for young people with disabilities. Our philosophy is in our name: S.A.F.F.E. We believe that success is dynamic and individual, and that it is best achieved when the environment is safe; the activities are focused on what each individual can do; when the program is fun; and when there are opportunities for learning and growth. S.A.F.F.E. Monday night dinners encourage healthy choices while building skills in meal preparation, sharing, and clean-up.
The Sooke Food Bank Society provides one hamper per month to those in need. Veggies from the Sunriver Community garden Grow A Row plots add healthy, fresh, locally-grown options into these hampers.