Last week a volunteer showed our guests how to make personalized cards. Self-doubt was rampant. Many guests felt they didn't have the skills, weren't creative ...
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.
I depend on Oak Table to get my hair cut and for shampoo and razors, toothpaste and toothbrushes. I know I can get a clean pair of socks here when I need one, and even some underwear. These are things I can’t afford to buy and if I had to, I would need to do without food.
I come to Oak Table because people know my name. I can talk to them,
and I feel safe here. The food is good and the volunteers are kind and
smile and make me feel welcome.
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 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.
I don’t have many people in my life who I can talk to. At Oak Table I can get into a conversation about current events, sports, politics if I want to. If I don’t want to talk, I can be left alone. I like the volunteers at Oak Table. They listen and don’t judge. That’s important to me.
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.