Red Deer Soup Kitchen: Serving the Red Deer Community
“Where Faith Meets Works”
To meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs of the disadvantaged in the Red Deer area in a comfortable and spiritually nourishing environment.
How does the Red Deer Soup Kitchen meet these needs?
By serving supper every Thursday and Saturday evening and brunch every Sunday.
2021 in review:
It’s hard to believe it’s already 2022 since 2021 was a very busy year for the Red Deer Soup Kitchen. We were blessed to serve our homeless and vulnerable friends 23,864 meals this year thanks in part to the addition of extra Sunday brunches (we now serve a meal every Sunday). That’s an increase of 6,556 meals from 2020.
So many people to thank!
We had over 1,385 in-person volunteers from all over central Alberta. We had countless behind the scenes volunteers as well!
So many blessings this year!
So many expenses too!
Due to the ongoing pandemic, most of our hot meals continued to be served on a take-out basis with the exception of the month of December when we were able to offer a hybrid of in-person dining and take-out. Those supplies are very expensive! In preparation for in-person dining, improvements were made to our ventilation–many thanks to Johnson Controls and their capable technician who helped us with that! Additionally, we purchased new, smaller tables that have enabled us to create a healthier and safer environment. Finally, in an effort to create a safer environment for both clients and volunteers we purchased and installed security cameras.
It’s kind of a funny story:
One morning we arrived at the soup kitchen only to find the ceiling tile in the north west corner of the dining room had broken apart and was scattered everywhere. We were certain that we had had a security breach (copper pipe is valuable), but upon further inspection it was discovered that our very old hot water tank that sat above that area had finally succumbed. Thankfully, a very generous donor covered the entire replacement expense!
What else happens at the Red Deer Soup Kitchen?
Our outreach coordinator, Darby Nielsen, has been actively engaging with our street friends. Some of his activities include: liaising with other social agencies and advocating for those needing mental health and medical assistance. He also has been helping a few of our young men navigate the justice system. Additionally, he gives out weather appropriate clothing and snacks on a daily basis. December saw him re-uniting two families with their sons for Christmas. Darby also helped resolve the fears of another mother that the rumor of her son’s death were untrue after finding him very much alive a few days after the rumor had started.
Just in case:
Just in case you were not sure where 5014 49th street is located you might recognize our building as the old German/Canadian club.
Snapshots of our work:
We would like to take this opportunity to say THANK YOU! to all who have blessed us with their time and resources this past year.