How did the cafe start?
In December 2006, I was invited by a friend to volunteer at Crisis and for the first time I saw the multitude of people that are classed as Homeless. Yes, I had seen a few homeless people here and there but never thought that they were that many when they come together for such an activity as Crisis at Christmas.
As a volunteer, we were encouraged to talk to and interact with the users and from the various discussions; I realise and was able to surmise that it is very easy to become homeless.
After that, I really wanted to help but did not know what to do or how to go about any help I might even wish to offer so I started praying. About the same time, the 5 C’s started in my church: Commission, Conform, Community, Connect and Communicate. This is to train us in our walk with God and how to impact our Community
I then thought about all the supermarkets and wondered what happens to their food at the end of the day. After so many letters and rejections, I got a call from a Mr Edward Metcalf of Prêt a Mange who more or less adopted us, and taught us what to do. Under Mr Metcalf’s tutelage, Carpenters opened her doors to the public on Tuesday 5th June 2007.