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More than just food: annual appeal for soup kitchen on Friday

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On Friday over 200 volunteers will collect at 20 sites around the Wellington region, fundraising for the Compassion Soup Kitchen’s Annual Street Day Appeal.

The Street Appeal plays a vital role in raising both funds and awareness to assist the community in the challenges they are facing, such as housing deprivation, addiction, poor mental health, food insecurity, and social isolation.

“Without a sense of purpose and belonging, it is hard to call somewhere home” – says a Soup Kitchen guest. The Compassion Soup Kitchen provides a safe place where people are known, welcome and wanted.

The Soup Kitchen offers kai (around 30 breakfasts and 60 dinners six days a week, from Monday to Saturday), social service support, access to technology, meaningful activities, and a sense of community to our capital’s most marginalised and vulnerable. Two social workers walk with guests by supporting them to have their mental and physical health needs met: in arranging accommodation, access to financial entitlement, and finding employment opportunities.

Meaningful activities are arranged for guests, such as fishing, sewing, developing computer skills, and our newest venture our garden, Tupaia. Tupaia provides us with fresh produce for the Soup Kitchen, as well as an ongoing connection, community and a place for people to stand – somewhere they belong and are treated with respect. These meaningful activities are important as they give a sense of community and purpose.

The Compassion Soup Kitchen has been looking after the marginalised in Wellington since 1901. Everyone is welcome in the community and no one is turned away, regardless of their circumstance.

Please give generously this Friday to ensure this important service and continue its mahi supporting vulnerable Wellingtonians.