Coffee cart to support homeless
A MOBILE coffee cart with a difference has been boosted with a $36,600 grant.
UnitingCare West’s Care for a Cup program will be staffed by people experiencing homelessness, giving them skills and experience for employment in the hospitality industry.
A cheque was presented by Community Sector Banking at the Tranby Centre on Thursday, as part of their social investment grants.
UnitingCare West chief executive Amanda Hunt said in the first phase, eight people experiencing homelessness and two project supervisors would receive barista training to operate the cart.
“It will not only increase the employability of those involved, but also build greater connections to their community,” she said. “This initiative supports our renewed focus on giving people a hand up as opposed to simply a hand out, where they are connected with opportunities.”
Community Centre Banking chief executive Andrew Cairns said he supported the cause.
“UnitingCare West’s use of a social enterprise to help people experiencing homelessness find a sustainable path to employment is commendable,” he said.
The grant will help pay for the cart, machine and cups.
UnitingCare West received a $36,600 grant to kick start its Care for a Cup program.