One City Peterborough helped Faelan Dobbin through some tough times in his life, and now they want to pay him back.
“If it wasn’t for them, I don’t think I would be here right now,” Dobbin said. “They are dedicated to improving the lives of the marginalized in the community.”
On Thursday, June 16, at Millennium Park, the Silver Bean Café is hosting a silent auction, hosted by Dobbin with items donated by local businesses. There will also be artwork by Dobbin and others who have benefited from One City as well as live music and speakers.
The auction takes place from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
One City is a non-profit organization created in 2020 after the merger of the Warming Room Community Ministries and the Peterborough Reintegration Service.
He leads the One City Clean Team, which employs 24 homeless or marginalized people in the summer to help clean up downtown areas. It also runs housing and other employment programs.
Dobbin, who uses the pronouns they/them, says they volunteered to do the silent auction to give back to the organization that supported them.
One City provided space for them during the COVID-19 pandemic to make art, which helped them explore their pottery skills.
“I donated one of my oil paintings (to the auction),” Dobbin adds.
Other staff and volunteers also donated their art, and Dobbin says they will also be sharing their music alongside other artists during the silent auction.
Other items up for auction include a gift certificate and apparel from Riverside Tattoo and Skate Shop, a Toronto FC hoodie from The Capitol PTBO, and coffee and chocolates from Dreams Café and NaKeD Chocolate, and more.
It was hard to get donations, but there was a lot of support from downtown businesses, Dobbin adds, and they want to show their appreciation for giving what they can even after two tough years with COVID-19.
They also say One City will continue to help people, putting them on a better path.
“We are all people, no matter which side of the track we come from. We have talents, skills and knowledge,” Dobbin said.
“It doesn’t matter if you are rich or poor, we all have the same experiences and you have to look beyond the cover to read the story inside to understand the life led.”