OCP Mission Statement

To build a safe, loving community of restoration and hope for all, especially those facing homelessness and other adverse experiences.

OCP Vision Statement

OCP’s vision is to be a community of hope that breaks down barriers and creates a safe, empowering environment where people can achieve their life goals, including joy, positive relationships, affordable housing, and sustainable work.

About Our Community Place

Our Community Place is located in Harrisonburg’s Northeast Neighborhood, and has been building community and serving those in need for 10 years. We serve over 8,300 hot meals a year to homeless and marginalized persons, and provide laundry and shower services, storage lockers, case management services, volunteer and job training opportunities, empowerment and learning opportunities, help finding employment and housing, and referrals for dental and health services. We host the mobile Suitcase Clinic, partner with Strength in Peers to provide a mental health and substance use support group, and provide a listening ear through volunteer counselors. We also host  learning opportunities for local university nursing, psychology, public health policy, social work, and other students. 85% of our food is donated at an annual value of $52,000.

OCP is about loving people, welcoming anyone who walks through our doors, and providing a sense of belonging and hope to people struggling with life’s daily challenges. To that end, OCP is learning to become a trauma-informed care organization in order to provide a safe and supportive community where people can find healing, build resilience, and be successful at working towards their life goals. Come hang with us and see what OCP is all about!

Hours of Operation


  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 9a-2p
  • Thurs 9a-11:30a


  • Normal hours (dates vary, but generally December through March)
    • Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri 7:30a-2p
    • Thurs 7:30a-11:30a

Volunteers are frequent at OCP and do all kinds of tasks, including washing dishes, cleaning, engaging our community members in conversation and games, leading art and writing groups, playing music during dinner and lunch fundraisers, working with us on Tuesday “work days” to repair and reorganize things, graphic design, social media, helping with fundraising events, mowing and gardening the property, case management volunteering, and much more! People also serve as providers of food staples that we are otherwise unable to get donated. Groups of volunteers are accepted only on Tuesdays between 9:30am-1pm and should not be larger than 5 people. Other times for groups of volunteers must be approved by the executive director.

Contact Information
General Volunteering: Symone@OurCommunityPlace.org
Volunteering to help with case management: Info@OurCommunityPlace.org
Financial donations, donating or repairing equipment or offering to help with repairs, and vehicle donations:
Kitchen donations or offering your skills as a chef: Margot@OurCommunityPlace.org
To contact the executive director, Sam Nickels: Sam@OurCommunityPlace.org