I an not 100% sure that this would qualify as an awesome project. However, I am the Director/Coordinator of Meals for the Homeless and Needy in the Kingston Community. We serve a free hot meal every Sunday night from Sept to end of June at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church downtown at 130 Clergy Street E.
We have been advised by the KFLA Public Health Unit that we have to renovate our prep kitchen in Gill Hall to comply with health unit rules. We do not have a dishwasher, or a hand washing sink. Just the regular 2 sink method like you would have in your home. According to Health Unit rules we have to 4 sinks. 1. Hot water wash, 2. Hot water rinse, 3. Hot water & sanitizer, 4. Separate sink for hand washing. Better yet, we would like to install a dishwasher and a sink of sufficient depth for washing and sanitizing stock pots. This is a costly reno and we need all the help we can get, to prevent our program from being shut down. We are one of only 2 places that serve a meal on Sunday.
The church is also used by 2 other groups who provide for the community. One is "The Mess Studio", where folks are welcome to come in to be creative with painting on canvas, or learning pottery skills every week from Tuesday to Thursday. They are served a light lunch and the doors are open from 10 am to 2 p.m.
Then beginning Nov 1st, the Kingston Street Mission also shares the same space and they are open from 8 p.m. to 11:30 p.m., to allow a warm safe place for street people to come and get in out of the cold and they provide hot chocolate and snacks for everyone.
The church does not charge us rent fees to use the space .
We are working together to try to raise enough funds to do the necessary renovations and keep our programs active for those who need us.
If this is not allowed, I will understand, so please let me know if I should proceed. By the way, all of our helpers including myself and the leaders of The Mess Studio and the Kingston Street Mission are volunteers.
Funded by Kingston, ON (November 2018)