Durham Outlook operates the only 365-days-a-year soup kitchen, serving the most vulnerable members of Durham Region. Folks can drop by to get out of the cold, enjoy a warm meal and also connect with some friendly faces and share in some wonderful conversation. The Canadian Centre for Addiction (CCFA), as a part of it’s Community Outreach Program, visited Durham Outlooks’ St Vincent’s Kitchen in Oshawa, Ontario. CCFA was there to help serve and prepare meals but also to meet many of the thousands that utilize this vital service. While issues of addiction affect all populations, there are some specific challenges for those living in vulnerable circumstances.
CCFA Addictions Professionals Seth Fletcher and Justin Lebofsky were excited at the opportunity to connect with people, hear their stories and to provide professional guidance, education and strategies regarding accessible resources and action plans that can help improve areas of life.
Justin Lebofsky on the importance of Community Outreach:
“Connecting with the people here, served to remind me that addiction truly does not discriminate. Many of the people I met are going through circumstances or life-transitions simply out of their control, and to be honest, they’re doing the very best that they can.”
Seth Fletcher added
“For me, discussing accessible support connections and hearing the optimistic feedback was inspiring”