Tonight I had the opportunity to volunteer at Souls Harbour Rescue Mission here in Regina. The mission statement of Souls is “to Rescue people from poverty and addiction by offering emergency help, such as food, clothing and shelter, Life Changing Recovery Programs, and the Gospel Message.” Having the chance to serve a meal to members of the community was truly rewarding and very eye opening. I have known about the poverty and homelessness issues in Regina for quite a few years and I came to know even more about it last year during a class I took with Dr. Marc Spooner, but knowing and seeing are two very different things. We served over 200 meals to all types of people: adults, children, couples, singles, and families, all living in poverty right here in Regina. Only blocks away at the “city center” people were carrying on with their days, living a generally worry free life yet here is a building full of people struggling to meet their most basic needs. Something seems wrong with this picture… My time at Souls reminded me of a presentation I attended last year called Poverty as a Learning Challenge, you can find my post about that experience here.
I really enjoyed my time at Souls and I am grateful to have had this experience. My Dad always says “To know is to go!” but here is a quick look at what typical night looks like for volunteers at Souls Harbour