Street Hope has been working in Victoria for the past 30 years. Since 2010, a group of volunteers have gathered to serve soup, sandwiches, hot chocolate, cookies and juice from a 27’ motor home twice a week downtown. Erick Hinton, a Threshold Ministries Evangelist, heads up this project in Victoria. "Twice a week we take an old motorhome down to the streets and invite folk for soup and sandwiches. We share our lives with the people we meet there." says Hinton.
On Tuesday and Thursday nights between 7:30pm and 9:30pm, the Street Hope Victoria motor home parks outside Revenue Canada on Vancouver Street to feed and care for those on the fringes of society. “We are often greeted by a line up of people” comments long time Street Hope volunteer, Rob Hosie. “In a night, we see up to 45-50 people (to a surge of 100). Some live on the street others have a home. People come for food but many linger and enjoy conversation with their friends and the volunteers.”
We are often greeted by a line up of people
The menu is consistent and filling. “The soup is homemade and there is often a choice of 2-3 types. The sandwiches are made on site. The guests can choose from a combination of peanut butter, jam, Cheez-Whiz, humus, Nutella, and real cheese sandwiches on white or brown bread. In one night we can go through 16 loaves of bread, 2 litres of peanut butter, and 1.5 litres of Cheez whiz, 12-24 litres of soup, 2 jars of Nutella, 900 grams of humus and real cheese, 30 bananas, 90-100 packages of cookies and 10 litres of hot chocolate.”
In addition to the food, relationships are made and deepened. Street Hope first meets people’s physical needs and, by truth and freedom into the lives of people who are broken and hurting. Scripture and prayer are occasionally shared after a meal is served.
Through Spirit-led personal relationships and practical acts, Street Hope Victoria seeks to experience and share God’s healing love with the homeless and marginalized while working to protect, nurture, guide and assist them to fullness of life and faith in Christ.
Street Hope Victoria seeks to experience and share God’s healing love with the homeless and marginalized
Street Hope Victoria recently acquired a new-to-them RV and is in the process of renovating it to better suit their needs, and to be able to better serve their community.
Hinton states that “the prayer, financial support and food donations of our supporters and volunteers are what keeps this ministry going.” To find out how you can support Street Hope Victoria, visit their website www.streethope.ca or contact Erick Hinton. "Thanks be to God for the opportunities that we have to speak truth and hope into those who are in need and searching."
Thanks be to God for the opportunities that we have to speak truth and hope into those who are in need and searching.
Street Hope Victoria was founded in the 1980’s, by Captain Rick Sandberg, of Church Army. It is one of four Street Hope locations in Canada, and operates under its parent organization Threshold Ministries.