Our Place expands winter hours

The extended hours is a pilot project for the winter from Oct. 1 to the end of March.

After seven years of providing services and a place to go for Victoria’s homeless community as well as the working poor and mentally and physically challenged people, Our Place Society is finally able to extend its hours from 55 hours to 92 hours per week for the winter season.

“For the first five years it was all about getting the place up and running and bringing in enough donations,” said Grant McKenzie, director of communications at Our Place. “In the last two years, Don Evans (executive director of Our Place) put in place the right team that has been able to raise awareness and raise funds.”

The extended hours is a pilot project for the winter from Oct. 1 to the end of March.

“We really wanted to make sure that people had a warm, dry place to be,” said McKenzie.

The goal is to be able to raise enough funds to be able to continue the extended hours into the summer.

“We’re quite optimistic that the community will come forward,” said McKenzie.

The extended hours adds an extra $1 million to Our Place’s annual budget. Extra hours also increases Our Place’s need for volunteers.

The new winter hours are Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and statutory holidays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Just Posted

Raccoons making themselves at home on Saanich property

Resident blames neighbour for attracting pests to area

Peace Walk fundraiser for hospice runs on Sunday

Take a walk, have a snack, and help donate to a local charity

City of Victoria joins national food waste reduction program

The City is partnering in the Love Food, Hate Waste Program

Thousands attend 31st TD Art Gallery Paint-In

Artists display their work along 20 blocks of Moss Street

Details scarce as union confirms probe underway involving Victoria care homes

Island Health, VicPD offer no comment on report of investigation into alleged sexual assaults

BC Games: Day 2 comes to an end

Hundreds of medals have been handed out at the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Brush fire breaks out west of Port Alberni

Fire forces partial closure of Highway 4 heading to Ucluelet and Tofino

Accident on Vancouver Island after artillery gun rolls down hill and damages taxi

Witness says accident happend about 1 p.m. Saturday; RCMP investigating

B.C. mining company, involved in 2014 spill, ordered to pay lost wages

Mount Polley Mining Company must pay wages to 26 employees who were laid off without proper notice

Two significant wildfires burning in southeastern B.C.

More than 20 fires were burning in the Southeast Fire Centre as of Saturday afternoon

Volunteers provide the glue that keeps BC Games moving

The 2018 Cowichan Summer Games had more than 2,300 volunteers on hand across Vancouver Island

No Name brand chicken nuggets recalled due to possible salmonella

Canadian Food Inspection Agency says multiple illnesses reported in B.C., Alberta and Ontario

Lodeiro scores twice to help Sounders beat Whitecaps 2-0

Seattle’s Nicolas Lodeiro opened the scoring in the fifth minute when he converted a penalty kick

Race walker breaks 18-year-old BC Games record

Zone 6 athlete Olivia Lundman crossed finish line with ease, to loud cheers in Cowichan

Most Read