Our Federal Member, Dave Sharma MP, visited Canice’s Kitchen this week. He was impressed by the Kitchen’s sustainability and ability not only survive but to grow through COVID.
The past months have provided many challenges due to COVID19. Our volunteers, staff and parishioners embraced the challenge provided and transformed the way we operated. This enabled the kitchen to stay open and continue to meet the growing needs of the street community and others impacted by COVID.
Alongside a daily meal service, (the coffee shop, Kettle & Cup, is open from 10am. Lunch is from 11am), the Kitchen now provides additional support to its guests. Orange Sky Laundry and Thread Together are regular visitors.
Guests can come and choose some brand new clothing, pop their current clothes in the wash, and enjoy a home-cooked meal!
In addition, we are providing weekly access to St Vincent’s Homeless Health, an employment and coaching service, as well as a community participation program which will offer guests the chance to work alongside qualified chefs to gain skills and confidence.
St Canice’s continues to represent a rich tapestry of community, ministries and accompaniment even in these challenging Covid-times.