Ozanam House’s café – O Café — is a vital resource for VincentCare Victoria’s clients and people experiencing homelessness in the community.
Housed inside Ozanam House – accommodation and homelessness resource centre – O Café provides people experiencing homelessness with a space to remain connected with the community. The team of employees, volunteers and peer-support workers provide a safe and supportive environment for anyone to stir up a conversation over a hot cuppa.
The day begins with a self-serve breakfast from 8.00 am-10.00 am, as well as time to charge their phone, connect with others or speak with employees.
In February, the new ‘O Café Breakfast Coffee Service’ was initiated, which included a barista coffee service providing delicious coffee to Ozanam House residents. From 10.30 am-1.00 pm, residents can sit and order a free barista-made coffee made by client volunteers who are a part of the Client Volunteer Program (CVP).
The program provides an opportunity for VincentCare clients to participate positively in our community through volunteering. It is a platform for meaningful and purposeful participation within the organisation and in the wider community.
Today Ozanam House's barista service looks a little different due to lockdown, but it hasn’t stopped the service from supporting more than 50 people every day. This essential service, run by dedicated employees, allows vulnerable people access to lunch packs, coffee, tea, masks, hand sanitiser, and hygiene packs provided by friends at Pinchapoo – all through a window!