Vive Café is more than your traditional soup kitchen. Every Thursday volunteers serve a nutritious, three-course meal to disadvantaged and socially isolated people in Melbourne.
It is a place of hope and dignity for people experiencing hardship. Support and practical help is provided to anyone in need.
Each year Vive Café provides 7,000 free meals through its community meals program and 3,500 food hampers to families in need. The hundreds of people that connect with the team each year are supported by caring individuals and
referred to other services as needed. Further, family nutrition has been improved through the information and training the café has provided.
For Vive Café guests, Christmas season is often a time of sadness where their loss is amplified. But by decorating the hall, providing a Christmas dinner, organising gifts for the children and Christmas hampers for each person to take home, a festive spirit is created.
Ian*, one of our older guests, wrote a Christmas card that spoke of his loss some 10 years ago. But the people he has met from Vive Cafe have “changed his life from sadness to happiness” and now he has “started to go back to walk… on Jesus’ road”.
Another man wrote that “before I met you I was nobody, now I am somebody”.