There are many reasons why people become homeless, some homeless people are living with mental illness and/or addictions, while others are not. However, homelessness is frequently a result of being socially, emotionally and physically isolated from networks that many of us take for granted.
Tzu Chi New Zealand started their collaboration with the City Mission back in 2016 We provide hot cooked vegetarian food to the homeless every fortnight at the mission for 2 years. The food is cooked by Tzu Chi volunteers on Wednesday nights, and then served at the mission on Thursday nights.
This initiative came about when several volunteers that work from Monday to Friday, approached Tzu Chi for an opportunity to give back to the society and make a difference outside of office hours. Tzu Chi then rounded up some other volunteers who are also available after office hours. Together they came up with different menus every week and serve up hot meals to warm up people’s bodies and hearts.