Vulnerable people find safe sanctuary at the Saskatoon Friendship Inn, a community centre that evolved from a soup kitchen. The Inn has created a welcoming environment by committing to being responsive and compassionate, and to fostering a sense of belonging among children, youth and adults who experience poverty, with a no-questions-asked policy.
At the Inn, people access to breakfast, lunch, a family worker, as well as information on topics ranging from health to the law. They offer programs such as a weekly cribbage tournament, tutoring for kids, and parenting classes.
Without proper nutrition, people living in poverty experience high levels of illness and stress. Hunger negatively affects every aspect of daily life in ways that are difficult to understand by those who have not experienced this challenge. By responding with two nutritious meals, 365 days of the year, the Inn empowers youth and adults to bridge the gap between cheques and better manage other daily issues. Serving the needs of vulnerable, marginalized people strengthens our growing community. By eliminating the stress of securing two meals, individuals and families can focus on other relevant issues such as securing housing, finding employment, creating healthy relationships and education for themselves and their children.
Volunteers are a key part of the Friendship Inn’s ability to assist people every day. Individuals and groups share their time to help the Inn’s staff serve breakfast and lunch. Volunteering enables the wider Saskatoon community to connect with the Friendship Inn family. The Inn depends on volunteers to keep staffing costs low. The Rotary Club of Saskatoon volunteers two days a year to this hands-on opportunity. The Rotary Club of Saskatoon volunteers several days a year to this hands-on opportunity.
UPDATE: See our members in action on Dec 25, 2022 HERE