Responding to Homelessness Pandemic Needs

Homelessness VictoriaUrgent Action needed: Spread compassion, Stop diseases. — You can help. Our homelessness service providers need more funding to respond to this crisis. Please donate generously to Avodah who will ensure all monies go directly to those organizations working on the front line.

On a typical night about 1,500 people in the CRD are homeless. These people face special challenges during this pandemic. Homeless people tend to be vulnerable to infections due to the combination of daily stress, chronic diseases, and poor nutrition. They often lack basic hygiene resources like sinks and clean toilets, and opportunities to bathe and wear clean clothes. They are often in crowded conditions and share food and cigarettes. Crowded shelters are particularly risky environments.

Public health officials advise people exposed to or infected by contagious diseases to stay home and minimize contact with other people. Quarantines are difficult enough for people with stable homes and reliable incomes; they are virtually impossible for people who are homeless or living in crowded or unhealthy homes. If they do become infected, they will need to stay in hospitals, using scarce beds, adding stresses and costs to overburdened public health services. Everybody benefits if we can reduce the risks of infectious diseases to homeless service providers’ clients, staff and volunteers.

Homeless service providers are acting to reduce infection risks, including more frequent cleaning of their facilities and equipment, and providing information and support to their clients. Some are closing service altogether. These efforts reduce risks to clients, staff and volunteers, but leave critical gaps and will be inadequate if COVID-19 becomes established in our community. On March 18, Our Place closed down its drop-in space, computer lab, courtyard, hygiene, and clothing area but plans to continue operating its washroom facilities, transitional housing, shelter spaces, and providing three daily meals. Cool Aid is closing its dental clinic and community centre. Our homelessness service providers need more funding to respond to this crisis.

You can help. Our homelessness service providers need more funding to respond to this crisis. Please donate generously to Avodah who will ensure all monies go directly to those organizations working on the front line. The synagogue office is closed but Zelda can access the shul’s telephone number and is working from home. Send her an email or call (250)-382-0615 and if necessary leave a phone message, letting her know that you wish to donate and she will get back to you.

Project Tikkun Olam Hillel

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Pick-up November 21 – 22, 2018 — Warm the winter for the homeless. UVic Students have launched a blanket drive with pick-up scheduled for November 21 – 22, 2018.  Please support this cause by donating a blanket for the homeless (new or gently used). The students will pick-up your donation from your home.  For information contact Ora Stefanic, UVic Director at 250-361-7661 or ora@hillelbc.com

Help the Homeless! Donate goods and/or funds!

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On Tuesday, October 9, 2018 at Central Baptist Church, 833 Pandora Avenue, the Downtown Service Providers, as part of Homeless Action Week, will host PROJECT CONNECT, a one-day service fair that assists those struggling with homelessness and poverty, and includes foot-care, professional photographs, haircuts, information booths, and a lunch. We will serve anywhere from 500-700 people.

Project Connect needs goods and funds. Please help!

Project Connect welcomes the following goods:
Socks, underwear, scarves, toques, rain jackets, backpacks, bus tickets, notebooks and paper, Tim Horton’s gift cards, bandaids, Polysporin, razors, handheld USB chargers.

Project Connect welcomes financial donations which will be spent for the day by purchasing the listed  items or for the lunch. All cheques should be made out to The Our Place Society with “Project Connect” in the memo line.

Donation Drop Off Times at Anawim House at 973 Caledonia Avenue:
• Friday, October 5, 9:30 am -7:00 pm
• Saturday, October 6, 9:30 am -2:30 pm

If you wish to volunteer, please contact Michelle Later at Cool Aid at:
https://coolaid.org/join-us/volunteer/

Our Place: Can you spare a bus ticket?

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Many of the Our Place family struggle to find transportation to appointments with the doctor, the dentist, the hospital, social services, the parole officer, job interviews and even to visit with family.

Dropping off a few Victoria transit bus tickets allows our Spiritual Care Team to say “yes” when asked for transportation to important destinations.

Please drop off your tickets at the Our Place Reception desk at 919 Pandora Ave. Please put them in an envelope marked “Spiritual Care” to ensure we received them in our office. Thank you for your continuing generosity to the Our Place family.

www.ourplacesociety.com

Spiritual Care Team 250-388-7112 ext 237

Purim Cookie Drive

March 2, 9 and 16, 10am–2pm

This year, for Purim, Avodah is holding a cookie drive for the Victoria Dandelion Society

Reverend Alan Tysick has requested community members to make home-baked cookies for him to give out to people on Victoria’s streets early in the morning. Every weekday, Rev. Al gives out about 200 cookies a day!  

Please bring your cookies (wrapped or packaged) to Congregation Emanu-El on the following three Thursdays:  March 2, 9 and 16, 10am–2pm.  Or, you can email Penny Tennenhouse to arrange bringing cookies to her home.This could be a fun family Purim project to give to those in need. Thank you so much. Watch the video.

Our Place seeks volunteers and donations

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Volunteer Opportunities

Art
Program Volunteers for the Choices site in View Royal Mondays & Thursdays
2:30 to 4:30 pm. 

Become
hosts for Saturday Night at the Movies – your group of 4
volunteers provides the pop & pizza for a special evening of fun for the
Our Place Family. 

Please
contact Julianne at 250-480-8927 or julianne@ourplacesociety.com.

Donations Needed

Our Spiritual Care Team needs mittens for our elderly family members with arthritic hands that don’t fit into gloves.

Our Spiritual Care Team is looking for gently used board games with all the pieces.

Our
mandate includes the provision of off-site health and educational opportunities
to our Transitional Housing residents. We are currently seeking new or gently
used umbrellas for the residents accessing these activities. 

Please bring donations to Our Place Society at 919 Pandora Ave and let the reception desk know these donations are for the Spiritual Care Department.

Our Place welcomes donations in kind

Our Place strives to meet the needs of its large extended family and welcomes donations in kind. Please consider
donating the following:*

  • Winter clothing
    Winter has come to Victoria and many of the
    Our Place family find themselves without adequate warm
    clothing and supplies for the cold days and frigid nights. Please check your closets for gently used extra coats, scarves, gloves, hats and sleeping bags that are in good condition and bring them to Our Place Recep tion.
  • Bus tickets
    Transportation to medical, dental and job interviews is often difficult for our family members. Our Spiritual
    Care
    office tries to keep a supply of
    Bus
    Tickets in our office to assist individuals who need them for these
    important appointments. Please consider
    making a donation of Bus
    Tickets to the Spiritual Care office at Our Place.
  • Nutritional supplements
    Many of our family often have issues
    with nutrition because of chronic health issues. Our Spiritual Care office tries to keep a supply of Boost & Ensure supplements in our office to help individuals we know are
    struggling with nutrition issues.

*Bring donations in kind to Our Place Society at 919 Pandora Ave, Victoria, BC
V8V 3N4, Canada