Late last week, the BNI Business Works - Chapter in Barrie & Innisfil came together to prepare and serve dinner for people who rely on the Salvation Army Barrie Bayside Mission Centre in Barrie. The group dedicated their afternoon and early evening to serve about 200 meals to the men and women who came though the door. The kitchen is a critical component for the downtown community and without the dedication of staff, volunteers and donors who keep it humming, daily meals for so many people would be non-existent or not affordable.
By the end of 2019, the kitchen expects to have served over 100,000 meals for the first time in their history. .
If there was one particular aspect of the evening that I think stuck out for the volunteers was the gratitude expressed by those who use the kitchen for their daily meals. Despite the lack of housing and employment, life with an addiction or a debilitating mental health issue, so many of those who ate would offer thanks to the volunteers and kitchen staff.
Thank you to Randy Spenceley, Kristian Robillard. Cindy Pollard and her daughter, Darren Murphy, Susan Elliott, Jim and Theresa Schefter and Jacqueline Ferguson for coming out. Both your personal and business support for the street community of Barrie is always appreciated and valued. It was a please spending the time together, looking forward for the next two volunteer dates.