Our lives are all moderated to some degree by the seasons. Freezing cold creates a special kind of misery for those who sleep rough. Unrelenting heat also brings a challenging season familiar to those of our staff who have worked among the homeless for a long time. As temperatures and humidity rise, so does the tempo of those who live rough. We’ve seen anger flair and voices raised this week and yet our team of workers have offered our visitors nothing but love and care.
One of the proudest moments of my life was when I was asked to speak at a graduation ceremony from a Youth Work course. One of the graduates was a fellow I knew well and who I had invested much love, much time and more than a few tears on. He was raised by a single Dad who lived close by and who often asked us to babysit whenever he was offered some paid overtime. We loved this young kid but witnessed a breakdown in his teenage years when he faced serious charges and significant time locked up. As his criminal behaviour reached its peak, he became a father himself, and around the same time he ended up in the courtroom.
Shortly we are opening the doors of our new Heart Café in Bondi Beach for the first time. We aim to do there what we saw active in the story I’ve just shared. We will not only provide young people with paid traineeships in hospitality but with all the support they need to break the vicious cycle of defeat and unemployment.
From tomorrow, we will be offering you, as part of our Inner Circle, the exclusive opportunity to preview the café and food with 50% off your bill. It’s a momentous occasion as our team have been working tirelessly for the last few months to get ready for service, and the café and menu are looking great. We even had a write up in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Good Food this week. We invite you to be one of the first to try our dishes knowing you are supporting Wayside Chapel and helping to bridge the gap from unemployment to mainstream employment for some of Sydney’s most disadvantaged young people.
We will open on Wednesday 14 November at 95 Roscoe St. Check out our sample menu here. We can’t wait to see you there.
Thanks for being part of the Inner Circle.
Pastor & CEO