Advent Givings of Love

Today, we light the candle of Love.

Love is in the air in our neighbourhood. Big things are happening in a small kitchen in a rented house on Shelbourne Street. The small, three bedroom house has become a hub for cooking meals, growing food and developing relationships in a safe and welcoming environment. This ”little house that could” is the Shelbourne Community Kitchen at 3541 Shelbourne.

Community Kitchen Christmas

Many people who live on a low-income experience isolation and loneliness. The Shelbourne Community Kitchen, in partnership with St. Aidan’s United Church, St. Luke’s Anglican Church, The Lutheran Church of the Cross, Mt. Tolmie Community Association and Camosun Community Association, has opened up a space in our neighbourhood where Love can grow. It is best said in the words of Athena, a participant in the kitchen and garden programs. Athena says, “What I get here is something I don’t get anywhere else; love, respect and friendship. I’m learning ‘how to cook it’, ‘how to grow it’ and how to keep myself healthy on a small income.”

We can continue to make a difference in the lives of Athena and the other participants with our donations. We can donate healthy food, money and most importantly our talents and volunteer time. Volunteers play a vital role in every aspect of the Shelbourne Community Kitchen and there are a number of ways to get involved. We currently need volunteers who can help with cooking, occasional day-care, gardening, administration, and minor house maintenance.

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