We start with a drop-in centre located in an accessible part of the city for our typical guests. We open 3 nights a week typically. Volunteers are recruited and ongoing training and peer support is geared to keep us accountable to each other and our community.
We only invite adults as guests and volunteers to be as inclusive as possible to our guests. We intentionally work at maintaining a safe space to have a coffee and conversation or play a game.
Each centre in Kingston, Belleville and Cambridge is connected to each other with common goals and values. We find a great variety in the guests and volunteers which makes each centre unique. Even every drop-in night is different from the others.
We want our volunteers to feel they are a part of a team as well as a part of the community. That is, the volunteer is not on their own to sink or swim, but they are also a part of the lives of our guests.