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.

For more photos…

CBC Radio and CHEK-TV covered the event. CHEK-TV’s coverage can be found at the 22:52 mark on the following link – https://www.cheknews.ca/5pm-newscast-december-13-2017-397728/

 

 

 

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. 237www.ourplacesociety.com

To learn more about SMART, visit  http://www.smartrecovery.org/

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

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:

Frances 

“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

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

Big Latke Lunch at Our Place

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016

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Avodah put on its fourth annual Big Latke Lunch at Our Place over Hanukkah. This wonderful collaborative event brought much light, warmth as well as delicious latkes to Our Place. It is “our favourite here at Our Place”, says Our Place’s Tracy Campbell. 

Avodah’s enthusiastic volunteers, under the expert supervision of Daryl Levine, and supported by Our Place staff, took over the kitchen during Hanukkah to fry up and serve latkes for some 350 of Victoria’s most vulnerable citizens. The Klez performed its magic and Bev Merson brought her special dreidel board – adding much freilach spirit to the lunchtime celebration. Sheila Tennenhouse’s ḥanukkiah added a special joyful glow as did the miraculous travelling Hanukkah vest.

See photos in the online album of the event.

Our Place Also Needs Bus Tickets

Transportation
to medical, dental and job interviews is often difficult for our family members
here at Our Place. 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. Your donation of bus tickets can be dropped off at the Reception
Desk at Our Place 919 Pandora Ave, Victoria BC. 

Please let Reception know you
are dropping these off for the Spiritual Care office. Thanks for all your
support.

Our Place requests donations of Boost & Ensure

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 and Ensure
supplements in our office to help individuals we know are struggling with
nutrition issues. Please consider making a donation of Boost and Ensure to the
Spiritual Care office at Our Place.  Your donation of Boost and Ensure can
be dropped off at the Reception Desk at Our Place 919 Pandora Ave, Victoria BC.

Hygiene Items Needed for Our Place

Appeal fromOur Place

This summer has seen a dramatic increase in individuals accessing our
hygiene area for showers and summer clothing.

Through your generosity we can continue to provide the following
products to those in need:

• Shampoo and Conditioner
• Disposable razors
• Skin Cream
• Soaps/Body Wash
• Deodorants
• Toothpaste

• Tooth Brushes
• Medicated Foot Powders
• Plastic combs
• Men’s and Women’s summer clothing
• Men’s and Women’s shoes—especially runners
• Bath Towels & Face cloths
• Women’s Sanitary Products
• Bandaids

Any of the above items must be taken to Our Place Society, Main Reception
at 919 Pandora Avenue
. Please do NOT bring them to the synagogue.  Thank you for your continued support of Our
Place Society.