Monday, 10 August 2015

Visit from the Compassion Centre staff

Steve and Sister Josefa came to WBS to talk about the compassion centre/ soup kitchen in Wellington and the work they do there. They own a little breakfast/dinner place anyone can go there but mostly homeless people go. Homeless in New Zealand means people who live in uninhabitable dwellings with no power or water.   
The soup kitchen opens at 7.45am for breakfast. They serve soup in the morning. They also serve dinner. At dinner they serve meals and these can be anything from pasta to curry. They don't work on Sundays.
A lady called Suzanne Aubert helped loads of homeless people in NZ. She came here in 1901 from France. She might be New Zealand’s first saint. 
Here is a link to their website:
By Zoe, Manaia and Betty

We had a visit from Two staff from the compassion centre, They talked to us about what they do to help the community. They talked about what they serve at the compassion centre. (They serve soup for breakfast with tea, milk and coffee, They have meat and veggies for dinner). We also found out how long they are open for.        
                                 Here is the timetable:

In the morning they are open from 7:45 - 9:45 for breakfast.
Helping the people with their needs and problems with things.
At 6:00 - 8:00 They serve dinner. (For  2$ Just for the  dinner)

If people have any money can pay 2$ for dinner, but if they don't, they will still give you a meal. But  you need to save up to pay for it. They get around 40 people for breakfast and about 70 - 90 people at dinner. They get volunteers for handing out the breakfast and dinner so then the staff can make it. By Frankie, Emma and Meg

Suzane Aubert- Founder of the soup kitchen
Suzanne Aubert was a french woman who founded the soup kitchen. Who wanted to help people in need and who are living on the streets of Wellington. She travelled on a  boat from France to New Zealand for many months.
She traveled miles and miles, weeks and weeks to Jerusalem and many more places. She had almost no transport so she walked thru the mountains. She helped many people. 
By Felix and Ben     

We had a look at some people's stories on the Soup Kitchen website. Here is Rusty's story told by Liv...

Rusty visits the soup kitchen for dinner. He sometimes visits for breakfast. When he was a kid, he was fostered by his aunt. He has seven brothers and sisters. Rusty's sisters live in Australia and even though he longs to see her, he can't as he has a criminal record. He went to prison. He is artistic and active. He used to be an alcoholic and took drugs, but he gave them up after being in prison. He stole a car once. Now he doesn't have a car and he isn't allowed to drive. He gets bored when he isn't doing anything. He visits the soup kitchen because he doesn't have much money.

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