In 2002, a coalition of community partners, women of lived experience, donors and volunteers identified a gap in service for women facing homelessness in the City of London. Women attending daytime mixed gender drop-in centers were subjected to harassment and unsafe conditions. The alternative of staying on the streets during the day increased the risk of violence, abuse, self-neglect and isolation. Women needed a safe daytime space and community of support.
“My Sister’s Place” was created to fill that gap; currently seeing up to 140 women daily, actively involved with over 1,200 individual women.
Every year, the association organizes a barbecue for benefactors and volunteers alike to have a great time with good food, good music and great company.
On Friday 24th of June of this year, the Xtivity team with some of their friends from GoodLife joined forces to help organize this event. Xtivity and GoodLife Fitness also provided all the food and sponsored the musicians, Belong to Song, another mental health program. During this barbecue 72 sausages, 92 burgers and 12 veggie burgers were served along with veggie toppings and fresh fruits. Things you don’t often get from soup kitchens.
For two years now, Xtivity has been partnering with My Sister’s Place to do the cooking and service.
Don’t hesitate to have a look at their website and to stop by the Donate page.4