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:


Avodah Walks the Walk!

EEL Avodah WalkersOn Saturday, February 24, Emanu-El’s excited Avodah Walkers Team joined Coldest Night of the Year Fundraiser Walk in support of  Our Place’s vital work serving the hungry, homeless and people experiencing poverty.

What a night!  A total of over $40,000 was raised for Our Place — and our little, enthusiastic Avodah team raised over $3,000 of that!  Thanks so much to our wonderful donors:  We are so grateful for your support — and thrilled with the results!
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Avodah Fundraiser for Our Place

Coldest Night Logo (Badge) Color Pantones - AICCWant to join the Avodah Emanu-El Walkers team on February 24 for a evening time walk in solidarity with Victoria’s Homeless community and as a fundraiser for Our Place Society? Sign up for an engaging evening of social action to help the people in our community who need it the most.

Coldest Night of the Year is a unique way for Congregation El and supporters to be part of a national event to raise awareness and funds for the homeless, and to support Our Place Society.

What’s happening?  Join us for a 2, 5 or 10 km walk through the streets of Victoria on February 24 starting and ending at Our Place Society on 919 Pandora Avenue. The evening will include music, food, entertainment and prizes as well as a chance to meet and connect with the homeless community you’ve come to support. This is a family friendly event, appropriate for all ages!

Contact Hannah Rabinovitch if you’d like to join the team, or you can sign up online with the Avodah team here. The walk takes place on Saturday, February 24  at 5 pm. If you keep shomer shabbos, feel free to join us for the walk and we’ll take care of registration in advance.

Avodah celebrates Ḥanukkah at Our Place

CBC’s Khalil Akhtar pursues the perfect latke!Avodah was thrilled to celebrate Ḥanukkah at Our Place by sponsoring our 5th annual Big Latkelicious Lunch at Our Place on the second day of Ḥanukkah, December 13, 2017. Our magnificent Avodah volunteers, led by Daryl Levine, fried, shvitzed and served more than 600 latkes, with The Klez playing their freilach klezmer music and Bev Merson conducting her popular dreidel competition.

It was a joyful way to share our Ḥanukkah spirit, light and latkes with our good friends at Our Place, who welcomed us (and our latkes) into their kitchen and dining room with so much warmth and excitement.

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CBC Radio and CHEK-TV covered the event. CHEK-TV’s coverage can be found at the 22:52 mark on the following link –




Our Place: Playing it SMART

Healing from addictions is an ongoing process, as anyone who has struggled knows. The SMART Recovery Program gives Our Place family members real-time tools to use as they move ahead with their recovery. Resilience, determination, support and hope do the rest. Your ongoing financial support makes our participation in this program possible. We couldn’t do it without you! Thank you!

Spiritual Care Team: Tel. 250-388-7112 ext.

To learn more about SMART, visit

Our Place: Can you spare a bus ticket?


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.

Spiritual Care Team 250-388-7112 ext 237

Our Place thanks Frances Aknai

In response to Our Place’s request for donations of mitts a few weeks ago, Frances Aknai knitted 3 pairs of mitts that she delivered earlier this week. This is the response she received:


“The mittens are perfect, thank you so much. Many of our older family members have terrible arthritis in their hands and cannot open their fingers to fit into gloves.

It breaks my heart to have no mittens to give them when they ask me. This winter has been very harsh for those family members. Thank you for your generosity. I wish you could see the smiles when I was able to give out mittens.
"Thank you so much again.”
– Oceanna Hall
Spiritual Care – Our Place