Cof­fee cart to sup­port home­less

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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.

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