On May 18, participants from St Luke’s Table took part in a community clean-up. Taking to the streets of the neighbourhood, they took advantage of the sunshine to get some fresh air and do a good deed.
In total, 15 people participated and 12 bags of garbage were collected. What was their motivation? Why did they choose to spend their time with garbage bags and brooms in hand?
Overwhelmingly, participants agreed that it felt good to give back to their neighbourhood.
Being a good neighbour was a common theme throughout the day. Participants indicated that it is important to have clean and clear sidewalks so that everyone can enjoy the space. There was an understanding that sidewalks are a place where people gather, from children to seniors and everyone in between. And when people come together, communities become stronger. Centretown is a stronger neighbourhood when neighbours spend time together.
St Luke’s Table is a place where people come together. By providing a safe, welcoming environment where participants have a space to gather, it helps to create and maintain social bonds, which are at the foundation of a strong community. When times are hard, community is crucial as are the spaces where communities can gather.
St Luke’s Table has been a part of the Centretown community since 1983. It provides a breakfast and lunch program Monday to Friday, as well as a variety of programs which assist in “Nourishing Hope.”
For more information,see their website at www.stlukestable.com, call 613-238-4193, or drop by the centre, located at 760 Somerset Street West (corner of Bell and Somerset).