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Working with Hands



‘Serving the poor’ can sound somewhat romantic and to some people a great opportunity for a selfie (photograph) of themselves actually handing over plates of food to a ‘poor’ person. But that is only a small part of serving the poor. Before that plate can be shared a lot of other things have to happen. Floors, walls, tables, dishes have to be cleaned. Tables have to be set in an attractive manner. Cooks have to produce a menu from what we have been given. Vegetables have to be prepared, meals cooked. At the end of a meal the whole process starts all over again.

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The whole building has to be kept clean and tidy all the time. Every summer we close for a while for a major cleanup to refresh the building and carry out essential repairs.

When you have guests, you make a special effort to have your home clean and welcoming. At the Mission this is a daily task, which would not be possible without a lot of hard manual work by both staff and volunteers.
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