The mission of Saskatoon Friendship Inn is:
As an organization, Saskatoon Friendship Inn is responsive, compassionate, and fosters a sense of belonging. It relies on community wide partnerships and support in fulfilling its commitment to regular meal service and friendship.
Within the resources available to it, Saskatoon Friendship Inn is also committed to individual and group services and programs for children, youth and adults who experience poverty in order to help them help themselves and each other. We believe in community development, public education, and advocacy to encourage compassionate solutions to poverty in our city.
In pursuing our mission the Inn should be sensitive to:
- The needs of the individual, including the mental, spiritual, physical and emotional aspects of the individual,
- The needs of the family, including the family’s physical environment, the emotional support of the family, and the development of family values, and
- The needs of the community, including the cultural needs, the economic needs, and the social needs of the community.
The community centre known as the Saskatoon Friendship Inn began when a small group of concerned residents provided six transient men with a bowl of soup on March 4, 1969. Their initial work with the Saskatoon Catholic Diocese has evolved into relationships with numerous community partners becoming non-denominational. The largest free meal service in Saskatoon, and a range of programs and services to meet the growing needs of individuals and families experiencing poverty.
The Inn, which has always been located on 20th Street in the heart of the inner city, often serves as many as 1000 meals per day. As the city continues to grow and prosper, the center is seeing an increase in the needs of people living in poverty. In response, the center’s role has expanded beyond food security to provide a safe, warm place to spend the day.
Vulnerable people find safe sanctuary at the Saskatoon Friendship Inn, a community center that evolved from a soup kitchen. The Inn 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 breakfast, lunch, a family worker, plus information on topics ranging from health to the law and such programs as cribbage and art classes.