Our Place Society
Our Impact Why We Exist
Our Place offers our most vulnerable citizens a place to call their own, where we live, share and grow together.
Nourishment, hope and belonging for all in Greater Victoria.
Unconditional Love – We are an organization with Christian values and principles. We believe that everyone should experience unconditional love in a non-judgmental way.
Hope – We are founded on the belief each individual who comes through our doors will find inspiration, support and comfort. We believe in the potential of all and provide opportunities for positive change. We advocate for social justice.
Teamwork – We value the contributions of our staff and volunteers and ensure they are well trained and supported. We work together as one team committed to our mission, vision and values.
Belonging – We strive to create a nurturing atmosphere of home and family, where all are welcome and can experience a sense of hope and belonging. We are inclusive. Our doors are open to those of all cultures and beliefs.
Safety – We believe all who enter Our Place should feel secure and free from harassment or mistreatment of any kind. We endeavour to create a safe atmosphere where everyone can experience a sense of well-being.
Our Story What We Do
Our Place Society, located on Pandora Avenue, was purpose built in 2007. However, with the history of the two founding organizations dating back 40 years, Our Place Society is one of the most involved social organizations in Greater Victoria, providing hope and belonging to the vulnerable citizens of our community.
The Upper Room Society, founded in 1967, was started as a coffee house with the intention of providing space for anyone needing shelter from the rain. With growth in Victoria over the next 20 years, by the mid-eighties there was a need for expansion and the building at 919 Pandora Avenue was purchased. What had formerly been a halfway house for William Head Penitentiary, the building was able to house 23 people. By 1987 the Upper Room re-opened with enhanced food preparation capacity and transitional housing for men.
In 1986, in the annex of the Metropolitan United Church, The Open Door was founded. This inner city ministry of the United Church of Canada was intended to be the living room of downtown, a place where people could get out of the weather and receive unconditional love in a non-judgmental way. Struggling to find a permanent location, The Open Door moved to various locations around Victoria until 2002, when it occupied 935 Pandora Avenue, directly adjacent to the Upper Room.
Our Programs How We Do It
Our Place is a community service provider in Victoria, BC, providing many things to the people who visit our building. We offer transitional housing and a hand up to the men and women who inhabit our 45 residential rooms. Our dining room and nutrition bar serve over 1,200 nutritious meals free of charge five days a week while our drop-in centre offers a multitude of programs as well as being a place of welcome. Our hygiene area is a place where 60 people take a hot shower each day. The list of what we do is extensive.
More remarkable than our list of services, though, are the feel and atmosphere that exist at Our Place. Our Place is a place of hope and belonging, and the people who enter our doors, be they inner city family member, supporter, staff or volunteer, sense that.
We invite you to explore Our Place, either in person or through our website, so that you, too, can experience the hope and belonging that live here!
Our Place Society hours of operation are 7am-5pm, Monday-Friday and 11:30am-12:30pm on weekends for lunch.