A warm welcome awaits anyone who walks through the doors of Chalmers Community Ministry in Guelph, Ontario.

Guests can look through the shelves of the food pantry and choose their own food, from canned goods to fresh vegetables to dairy products and eggs. The experience gives each person a sense of dignity. The clothing room follows the same principle, with guests choosing their own clothes in a bright room with racks of clothing carefully organized.

On Monday and Tuesday mornings the clothing room doubles as a café. Guests and volunteers gather over coffee and baked goods to complete the week’s jigsaw puzzle. There is a lot of laughter, says Administrator Diana Sterenberg. “Volunteers are even known to have a bit of fun by walking off with the last piece of the puzzle!”

The café started when the volunteers perceived a feeling of isolation in the guests, many of whom lived in nearby rooming houses. What guests needed as much as food and clothing was a sense of community. “Everyone loves to come to the café!” Diana exclaims.

We sing thanksgiving for Chalmers Community Ministry, which offers food and a place of welcome.

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