Spring 2019 Project:

Our Place's Therapeutic Recovery Community

Join the HeroWork community and help renovate an old youth detention facility into a place of healing and transformation.

May 13 - June 23, 2019

The Issue

Homelessness, addiction, incarceration and marginalization: these problems represent a repeating complex and interconnected pattern that causes too much suffering in our community. A long term, innovative, and multi-faceted solution is needed.

Our Place has come up with a solution.

They have developed a Therapeutic Recovery Community. It’s been modelled from an Italian community called San Patrignano that reports a 72% full-recovery rate for thousands residents who complete their program.

Using a “Community as Model” approach, this program will house men for up to two years, engendering healing and self-empowerment so that they can return to society and lead productive lives.

The Project

Our Place’s Therapeutic Recovery Community has already opened at an old youth detention facility on Talcott Road in View Royal. They are currently ramping up to 50% capacity, which is the limit the facility can handle in its current state.

HeroWork wants to help get them to 100%!

This means transforming areas of this former jail into an environment of healing, community, and transformation.


94 Talcott Road in View Royal.


The project starts mid May and goes til mid June. In the meantime, HeroWork is looking for inspired people and companies to get involved.


We'll completed $600K+ reno and this jail into a home!

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Community Collaboration is Key

Phase 1

The TRC represents a collaboration of many different groups. Our Place has the vision and expertise. Private partners and several government agencies have provided support, including $4.7 million by Ministry of Mental Health and Addictions for operations and $310K from BC Housing for Phase 1 renovations as well as a $1/year lease.

These resources have Phase 1 of the TRC operational (Building B, A, and parts of F, below). 

Phase 2 - HeroWork

This phase represents another BIG collaboration. A private donor will revamp the courtyard into a beautiful healing landscape. At the same time, HeroWork will mobilize our community (up to 100 companies and hundreds of volunteers) to renew the detention  facility into a home for 50 men. This means that in Building C we will redo 25 two-person suites, as well as upgrade the flooring, electrical, plumbing, storage rooms; build a library; redo the common areas and much more.  We will also double the size of the dining room, relocate the art area, build an outdoor pavilion and infrastructure required for food production. The list goes on.

Basic Renovation Elements Map - Phase 2

HeroWork Testimonials

Great crew, organization, and atmosphere.

Past HeroWork Volunteer

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Past HeroWork Volunteer

Great to see all the amazing effort that's gone into this transformation and kudos to everyone who stepped in to help others.

Past HeroWork Volunteer

I am very moved by the whole experience & being part of an enthusiastic community effort.

Past HeroWork Volunteer