Aden started volunteering at the Friendship Inn about a year ago. She discovered the Friendship Inn when she came for a program. When she learned that the Inn served meals, her experience volunteering at soup kitchens over the past 18 years encouraged her to volunteer.
Volunteering has had a great impact on Aden. “Volunteering helps me get outside myself,” she says. “I’m gaining more than I’m giving.” While her passion is for kids, she loves helping out in the kitchen at the Inn. Aden’s goal is to become financially stable enough to create supports for kids and family – a safe place for kids to be, affordable rental units – whatever she can do to help the kids that make her smile. I’m torn when I see kids at the Friendship Inn, they make me smile, but I’m sad that they are here because they are hungry.
Limited by her health, Aden has not been volunteering as often lately, but today she dropped by for breakfast and decided to volunteer for a few hours, too. I’m glad she stopped in, it was a great chance to chat with a volunteer who has experienced what the Friendship Inn can offer beyond a meal.
Harold has been volunteering at the Friendship Inn for years with his wife, Chris. When available, they come in weekly and spend a morning in the dry storage room. They tidy the storage room and sort the donations on to the shelves. Their work means that when the cooks are deciding what to make for lunch they can see immediately how much of the same item is available, and then the cooks also grab the oldest donations to use first.
Harold was working in the storage room when Shaw Cable came to volunteer and feature the Friendship Inn on Go! Saskatoon. Check out his interview!
Thank you to all the Fill the Plate Donors! We cannot do the work we do without such great supporters. We had daily sponsors for every day in December 2014 as well as many more donors in the Fill the Plate Campaign. We are grateful for every gift, large or small! We also had many volunteers come to support us throughout December, including some fantastic volunteers on Christmas Day. Many of the daily sponsors supported the Friendship Inn with volunteers in addition to sponsorship.
Thank you for taking a moment to hear a few of the Stories from the Inn. Executive Director Sandra Stack asked a few guests and staff to shared their stories on camera, so others could understand why she’s inspired by the transformations experienced. We hope the resulting video provide you with a glimpse of the people whose daily lives are influenced by the services provided.
Jayne is returning to her home in Northern Ireland, and we are grateful for the hours of work she has given to the Friendship Inn. For the last five weeks she has been coming in at 7:00am from Monday to Friday and working in the kitchen.
Jayne arrived in Saskatoon several months ago, but during her time here she struggled and had to stop what she was doing and focus on getting healthy. When she was starting to feel better she heard about the Friendship Inn and thought it would be a good place to give her time.
On her first day, Tyler, the kitchen manager, had her fry eggs for breakfast; not just a few eggs, but a hundred eggs. For someone who was not comfortable in a kitchen, this was a good challenge. Over her five week stay Jayne has enjoyed the teamwork that takes place in the kitchen to make meals happen.
Jayne enjoyed the atmosphere in the kitchen among the staff and volunteers. She saw how the staff give jobs to the volunteers, they give a task and see if you can handle it. If you can, they give you more like that. If they see you can’t do that, they give you something else to do. The trust of the kitchen manager has been great. She observed how good the staff are with people, making the team work smoothly together.
She has been encouraged in her confidence and in her sense of usefulness by volunteering her time. Having a place to go at 7:00 each morning with a purpose was good for her. She was impressed by watching how the meals come together using the donated food. She saw how they balance the fresh food that comes in, with other donations to create a simple, healthy meal that pleases the Friendship Inn guests. Jayne is taking away with her some creative ideas for meals.
This week Jayne is going home to Ireland and is planning to look for work or volunteer opportunities in a kitchen. Thank you Jayne for your hard work. We are glad to send you home with confidence and a smile on your face.