Street Hope Victoria
Street Hope Victoria is a volunteer-driven Christian organization that builds personal relationships with people who face multiple barriers and marginalization and encourages them to seek wholeness in all aspects of their lives. These people may be facing poverty, a lack of supportive community, homelessness, addictions or mental health issues.
Street Hope operates out of a motor home, which is parked in downtown Victoria on a couple of weekday evenings. Volunteers welcome people into the motor home and serve them homemade soup, sandwiches, hot chocolate, juice, cookies and fruit.
We feed hungry people, provide essentials such as warm clothing and toiletries, establish and nurture meaningful connections with folks, and encourage them towards healing in their lives.
Who We Are
Street Hope has been working in Victoria for the past 30 years. Street Hope Victoria began in 1986, with a particular focus on youth who were experiencing homelessness. Over the past number of years, we have shifted our venue to a motor home (since 2010) and broadened our focus to include people of all ages.
Street Hope Victoria is entirely volunteer driven. The committed group of volunteers at Street Hope Victoria operate under the umbrella of Threshold Ministries. This is a national organization and the national office is located in New Brunswick.
Each Tuesday and Thursday evening a group of four to six volunteers spends time with visitors in the motor home between 7:30 and 9:30 pm.
- 50-100 people visit the Street Hope motor home per night.
- 100-200 sandwiches are made each evening, 50-100 cups of soup are handed out; as well as other food and clothing items.
- 4-6 volunteers help out per evening.
- Multiple conversations occur, people are encouraged and leave with full stomachs.
What the visitors to the Street Hope motor home said in response to the question “What does Street Hope mean to you?”
"It means a lot to me. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings when I am hungry I come here and get a better night sleep because I have something in my belly." ~ David
"A place that I look forward to each time. I feel enriched with the spirit of hope, love and belonging and I am grateful for your care and attention. Thanks, and bless you." ~ Don
"It restores my hope. Being in a situation where you are surrounded by a lot of negativity when you are homeless it's easy to forget nice people and good things in life. Street Hope has me looking forward to something for the first time in a long time. It reminds me of my old life. It's important to have light at the end of the tunnel. Street Hope encourages me to get back on track and make goals. Street Hope allows for intimacy through one on one connections." ~ Nina