Hope Is Freedom An income A Second Chance Belonging
Sometimes all it takes is one person recognizing your potential to inspire a new path and vision for your life. We create that support system. Our community acts as an extended family. Staff and volunteers serve as passionate leaders, listeners and encouragers. When a young person needs help with schoolwork, writing a resume or getting their driver’s license, we’re there.
The Mackie’s Place Story
Mackie’s Place was born out of two women’s lives that had been transformed by the radical love of God. That love compelled this story.
In 2014, Bobbi-Rhea and Favian were sitting together in Favian’s home dreaming of how they could support young people in our city. They chatted about injustice and the tragedies that so many young people are facing in our own backyard. This was the evening after Bobbi-Rhea had watched a 20/20 episode featuring Urban Promise, an organization in Camden, New Jersey which she had interned with as a young woman. Urban Promise is committed to loving and equipping kids, youth, and their families in the inner-city. For many years, Bobbi-Rhea would watch the annual feature on the organization and weep, knowing that one day she wanted to be back on the ground seeking change for the at-risk community. Likewise, Favian had a vision for at-risk youth in our city and had begun drafting a plan. Her vision was a youth hub that would be a platform for an idea that she had long been brewing in her heart.
This idea would bridge families from diverse communities to walk together, encouraging both parties to grow, be challenged, and ultimately transformed. From that day forward, the heart of Mackie’s Place began.
When it came time for choosing a name, they started by considering, “If I was a youth, where would I want to tell people I was headed?” There’s a youth hub in Los Angeles called “My Friend’s Place”; they loved the idea of kids being able to say something casual about where they were headed. They started by throwing around last names and found that Mackie just happened to have a great sound to it. It also just happens to be Bobbi-Rhea’s last name; so, it seemed that it just kind of a fit. Little did they know when they named it, that God was about to really make the Mackie’s home the beginning of it all. Over the next 2 years, God brought a single mom in dire straits and an infant baby girl to the Mackie family. This became the training ground for everyone, as they had the privilege of watching God transform two families as they walked side by side.
To be a movement motivated by radical love where youth at risk have the opportunity to become healthy people with connected families in hope-filled communities.
Bridge diverse communities
Break down barriers
Bridge diverse communities
Break down barriers
We seek to provide youth with life skills and encouraging relationships so that they can flourish.
We involve individuals in our community to build lasting relationships with youth at risk.
We believe that an effective program is built on confident and committed leadership.
We bring people together to share a homemade meal and support one another.
“There is something fundamental about sharing a meal. It’s more than food. It’s people coming together in the most basic human experience, to share a space where divisions can drop away, and the light of our common humanity can shine through.”Bruce Reith, DIRECTOR OF Hope Mission
WE’RE THE SUM OF AMAZING PARTS
Appropriately nicknamed “Hummingbird,” Bobbi-Rhea is a go-getter. You will find her smiling when she’s cooking in her kitchen, feasting with family and friends, hosting a gathering for someone she loves, or reaching out to support children and families.
Read Bobbi-Rhea’s Story
Bobbi-Rhea’s heart for the inner-city began when she was 19 and visited Camden, New Jersey, where she worked with Urban Promise to support children and youth at-risk.
Upon returning home, she entered the Early Childhood Education Program at the University of Fraser Valley. Through continued education, she became a Certified Education Assistant and began her career in supporting children and youth on the autism spectrum.
Bobbi-Rhea has since worked as a behavior interventionist, a supervisor for the Infant Development Program at NONA Child Development Center, and as an applied behavioral analysis support worker with the Surrey School Board.
In 2012, Bobbi-Rhea left the school board to homeschool her son. It was then that she felt a renewed calling to once again work with children and youth in the inner-city.
Director of Care
In every circumstance, Favian is both bold and compassionate. She exudes an exceptional love for her people, her church, and her city.
Read Favian’s Story
Favian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, a Certificate in Law and Justice from Laurentian University, and a Family Counselling Certificate from the Justice Institute.
She spent 12 years working closely with youth and families in Surrey in Social Services. She has also volunteered in several places locally, including an adult learning centre and the RCMP’s Restorative Justice Program.
Favian is passionate about seeing people transformed, and she is committed to building and supporting the community. She feels compelled to love those who are in need of a friend and is always the first person to welcome a stranger. She has an incredible ability to build relationships with anyone, especially those on the margins, and she offers genuine encouragement to everyone she encounters.
Sylvia is one of the three founding members of Mackie’s Place – often referred to as the Three Musketeers. Sylvia has been a member of the Mackie’s Place board since inception and Bobbi-Rhea’s partner in fundraising.
Read Sylvia’s Story
Sylvia is known as our ‘work-unteer’ because the term volunteer could never begin to encapsulate the hours, expertise, and service she offers to Mackie’s Place for FREE! Not only is Sylvia an integral member of the executive team, her everyday life also reflects the very heart of Mackie’s Place. Sylvia naturally and intentionally walks with and loves young people in her own life. Her gifts are too many to mention but everything she does, she does with excellence. If you have attended one of our annual Garden Parties, you have seen Sylvia’s creativity and attention to detail in action.
She is an invaluable and beloved member of our team at Mackie’s Place.
Raisa Monteiro Wilson
culinary operations supervisor
community coffee lead