One of the most debilitating effects of domestic violence is it strips a person of their self worth. In September 2016, Table started a pilot cooking program at a domestic violence safe house. Aiming simply to demonstrate worth, fill their fridge with good food, and the safe house with comforting, homely smells.
With extra food made, the women were able to deliver breakfast to the local disadvantaged school. Suddenly the women who believed they had nothing to offer were providing good food to young people who otherwise went without.
Empowering and successful, funds are now needed to offer the program in 3 other refuges.
“The workshops have been a wonderful space for residents to come together and spend time relaxing, learning and having a laugh. Most of the resident’s day to day lives are highly stressful as they deal with the emotional and practical issues faced while homeless – it is rare and meaningful to engage in an activity that isn’t directly related to being a ‘client’ and where they can build a friendly relationship with someone who isn’t ‘staff.’”
Fiona Murray, Practice Manager, Women’s Services, WAGEC
A Gift of just…
$30 will pay for one woman to a class
$450 provides a class for 15 women
$3,000 sponsors an entire refuge for 6 classes, plus aprons and cooking equipment