My Place Needs Towels & Pillow Cases

My place at our place 3Our Place is staffing and partially funding a transitional residence called My Place. This off-shoot presently houses 44 men and 4 women. The dormitory-style area is a large gym, divided into 48 small spaces, surrounded by fairly low curtains. In each cubby there is a bed and, fitting underneath, a large plastic bin to hold personal items. The residents may stay for an indefinite time, hopefully moving from here to housing. Continue reading My Place Needs Towels & Pillow Cases

Avodah’s Latke Lunch at Our Place

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A beautiful day as Avodah celebrated their sixth annual Ḥanukkah Big Latke Lunch with their friends at Our Place on Thursday, December 6, 2018. Avodah’s wonderful volunteers fried and fried and served and served hundreds of hot latkes, while they lit the candles on our fabulous ḥanukkiah, spilt dreidel and The Klezbians added to the joy with their freylekh klezmer music.

For more photos taken by Avodah member Penny Tennenhouse…

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Our Place seeks volunteers for new program

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Our Place is embarking on an exciting new program, the Faith Initiative Program and invites members of our congregation to be involved. This primarily involves listening — not giving advice on how to fix a person’s life — just listening with respect and dignity for all. Our Place is looking for individuals who are open, non-judgmental, compassionate; who can remain grounded in the mix of turmoil, pain and suffering; and who can remain positive, hopeful and able to celebrate the unique gifts of every individual member of the Our Place family. This new initiative intends to provide extra support to the Our Place family, develop stronger connections with faith communities in Victoria and add value to ourselves by hanging out, ready to listen and be a loving presence to Our Place family members.

General orientation, training and on-going support will be provided by the Spiritual Care program staff at Our Place. Volunteers will be required to undergo a Criminal Record Check.

This is an opportunity to deepen and expand the hand-on support Congregation Emanu-El has offered over the years. Our Place envisions various faith groups in Victoria each taking ownership for providing spiritual care volunteers on one day of the week.

If you are interested and would like more information, please contact Penny Tennenhouse.

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/

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.