The team at itravel (The Junction and Warners Bay) have nominated Soul Café to be the recipient of their May Winter Coat Appeal. For the second year running, members of the community can donate warm coats, which will be passed on for distribution to Soul Café guests, many of whom are extremely vulnerable and sleeping rough on the streets, or are dealing with issues of homelessness, drug or alcohol addiction, poverty, separation, mental health or illness concerns and accommodation needs.
Soul Café was established in August 2003 to serve hot meals, free of charge, to the highly disadvantaged of the Newcastle region. Today, Soul Café serves up hundreds of free sit-down and takeaway meals each week, providing a haven of hope and help to many. The meals provided are an avenue to link cafe guests with other necessary services including group-based alcohol and substance abuse programs, accommodation links, Centrelink referral, mental health counselling, refuge referral, haircuts, legal services and access to free doctors, podiatry and audiology clinics.
The ultimate mission of Soul Café is to see vulnerable cafe guests reconnected with the community and placed on a path towards increased safety, health and purpose.
Winter can be harsh, and the comfort of a warm coat or jacket can make a huge difference for not only the physical state but the mental state of a person experiencing homelessness. You can help make a significant difference in the life of those less fortunate by donating your pre-loved jackets to itravel the Junction or itravel Warners Bay during May. If you’re keen to help out even more then the annual fundraising event, Sleepout for Soul takes place on Friday, 15 June. For more information or to register, visit www.soulcafe.org.au