News from The Soup Kitchen
Numbers have Increased: From serving around 70 guests just one year ago, The Soup Kitchen regularly serves 90 guests during the week and 100+ on Saturdays.
Extra Day: To meet this extra need, The Soup Kitchen has expanded to six days a week (from the previous five) by adding a Wednesday morning shift.
Mental Health Professional: One of The Soup Kitchen’s aims is to offer a safe and welcoming community that combats loneliness and isolation. Many who are homeless have a barrier to finding this sense of community due to some sort of mental illness, so The Soup Kitchen recently hired a part-time mental health professional, creating London’s first soup kitchen with a mental health drop-in!
Consulting Room: In order to provide space for the mental health professional to work discretely with guests as well as for other potential future services, a small consulting room is going to be built underneath the staircase leading down to the south courtyard.
Donations: Giving has greatly increased over the last year, especially from local businesses and institutions. This has included the campaign to raise £35,000 to provide for the mental health worker and consulting room as well as donations of brand new, quality clothing for the Clothes Closet.
Christmas Lunch: Run over two one-hour shifts, The Soup Kitchen’s annual Christmas meal fed over 200 guests with help from members of AIC, local businesses, the Scouts and many more volunteers.