Lately I've watched some pretty pointed and even rude videos telling people to quit giving cans of food and socks to food banks -the message is clearly, "JUST GIVE ...
I don’t have a phone, so this is the place I come to make my phone calls. An Oak Table volunteer taught me to use the computer. Now I can keep in contact with my brother who lives in Alberta. Before that, he had no way of getting in touch with me.
I’ve been coming to Oak Table since there were just a few people sitting around a table sharing a cup of coffee. It’s way bigger than that now, but it still has that same feeling. People are very nice here. Everyone is treated with respect.
I’m on disability. My rent takes up most of my cheque. If I didn’t have Oak Table to come to during the week, I would lose my apartment. Eating here let’s me get an apartment where I feel safe and have my privacy. I don’t think I could live in a hotel or a rooming house. The food is good and everyone is nice here.
Oak Table Art Volunteers showed me how I could express myself through art. I never saw myself as artist before coming here, but now I do. I couldn’t afford to buy the art supplies so it’s nice to have a place where I don’t have to worry about how I can afford it. The supplies are here for us to use.
My life fell apart because of depression. I lost my job, my home and my family. Oak Table gave me a place to come and connect with others. After coming here for awhile I feel like I can begin to give back. I have things to offer and this is a safe place to slowly gain my confidence again.
Oak Table is somewhere I come to get nourishment, and not just the kind you get from food. I get my nourishment from talking to all my friends, and by making new friends. This is a place where I feel safe and everyone is very well behaved.
Hours of Operation
Lunch Served Monday to Thursday
12:30 to 2:15 pm
2:15 to 3:00 pm
109 Pulford Street
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - LUMOSITY (a computer based program to increase memory, reaction time, decision making.
Wednesdays: ART DAY
Thursday - Cree Elder available
As an expression of God’s love and concern for all people, we provide hospitality, pastoral care, support, health promotion and social development activities, referral and advocacy within a safe, respectful environment.
• To welcome with respect all those who enter;
• To maintain a safe and welcoming place;
• To offer coffee, a snack and conversation, and;
• To provide information about agencies where further help is provided.
• To offer health and wellness promotion activities and information;
• To provide skills development opportunities for community members;
• To build community capacity for self-advocacy and development through activities which promote self-esteem and self-reliance;
• To provide culturally sensitive and appropriate support to persons with mental health and addictions concerns;
• To strengthen and build on relationships with community groups and local businesses, and develop partnerships to address common community goals and concerns;
• To break down barriers of race, class, and culture, which divide people and lead to prejudice and discrimination; and
• To be attentive to persons with mental or physical illness, mental or physical challenges and addictions.