Ricky’s Place opening times:
Monday - doors open 5pm, dinner served 5:30 pm - 6:30pm
Friday - doors open 11:30am, lunch served 12pm - 1pm
Ricky’s Place began In August 2009 and was the initiative of St. Johns Anglican Parish, Bega, with the support and encouragement of the wider Bega community. Exploration into a soup kitchen and related services were in some part driven by a vision of a fellow who used to sleep rough around the church yard. His name was Ricky. Ricky became part of the congregation at Bega and shared his vision with the minister at the time, Reverend Chris Short. Evidence at the time showed that Bega had a high proportion of homelessness.
Ricky’s Place was originally funded by a generous grant from Anglicare. The aim was to offer nutritious and free meals, in a restaurant-style where clients were waited upon by volunteers. In October 2009, a new shower and disabled toilet/bathroom was completed and was made available for use by those with no access to showering facilities. Also a commercial kitchen was kindly donated by Bega Cheese which was installed to make the dream complete.
Since its beginning, it has been a place to come and chat with friends or just a place to feel safe. It was particularly set up to assist those who are homeless, though many others benefit from Ricky’s Place including the unemployed, those on low incomes and the isolated. Ricky’s Place also serves as a safe pace for carers and Social Support workers to bring their clients with them who may benefit from the sociable atmosphere.
If You Want To Help
Ricky’s Place is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers from the local churches and the wider local community. We are always on the lookout for reliable volunteers who enjoy working in a kitchen environment and do not mind helping out those less fortunate than themselves. If you feel you would like to help out maybe once or twice a month or more, please either contact the church on 02 6492 5555 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The alternative is to call in around 11am on a Friday and have a chat with the supervisor, Steve. He can fill you in on all that it entails. Doing something for the community is a very rewarding experience and is well worth the effort.
At present a charity group called ‘Second Bite’ collect the discarded, but still reasonable food from the local supermarkets. We can always accept fresh vegetables, fruit and meat which our clever cooks can make use of. Those who do donate produce are very much appreciated for their kindness and generosity. Thank you. Also, Ricky’s Place does not have any supportive business partners to provide funds. At present St Johns Parish provides the funds for the weekly food bill and upkeep of the pantry, utensils, tea, coffee, milk and the upkeep of a commercial kitchen. Generous businesses out there who would like to be involved with helping out our community, we would love to hear from you. If you are interested, please contact Rev. Stuart Haynes on 0421 170 071 to have a chat.