The art exhibition Home STREAT Home, explores the theme of ‘home’ and what this means to each of the artists. The artists have all laid out their thoughts, experiences and feelings visually on an A1 poster and hope you are all as chuffed with the results as we are!
Happy birthday to you, you’re one hundred and two… Well not quite. The Donkey Wheel House where STREAT is based is turning the grand old age of 120 years and the good folks of Donkey Wheel are putting on a bit of a do!
The night will kick off with an open house where you can check out what goes on behind those great wooden doors each day. Then head down to the basement where the drinks will be flowing for the launch of the National Trust Appeal.
Join Donkey Wheel House and celebrate the last 120 years of this amazing space on Saturday 23rd July from 5pm – 8pm. Full event and ticket information can be found at Donkey Wheel House.
STREAT graduate and freelance pun slinger Serenity Silvertree has joined STREAT as our story teller in residence. Wren graduated from STREAT’s second trainee intake just a couple of months ago and now puts pencil to paper to capture the essence of STREAT through fine line illustrations, and other creative media.
Playful and witty Wren has a talent for injecting a good dose of humour and whimsy into everyday experiences.
Wren’s visual story telling genius will be on display during our State of Design event Home STREAT Home with punchy visuals being projected onto a rather kick arse 12 story wall… Pretty damn cool!
Today we surprised Vicky at Melbourne Central with the big news that she was our 50,000th customer served at STREAT! After ordering her favourite brew, we piled her arms full of freebies including a signed STOP homelessness sign, free STREAT t-shirt and a spanking new loyalty card. After all of the excitement we decided to continue sharing the love by surprising our 50,100th customer and this happened to be Rachel at Melbourne University! We take 5 with Vicky & Rachel here…
So big congratulations on your win! How does it feel to be STREAT’s 50,000th customer?
V: Ooh I’m so special! I’m going to proudly display this stop sign in my house. I’m very proud!
R: Pretty fantastic!
What makes you come to STREAT for your coffee?
V: I think it’s a great cause, particularly with theloyalty cards, you know the more coffee I drink the more a homeless person will get. I think it’s a great idea, a lot of people drink coffee and the coffee is great as well, so you might as well put it towards a good cause you know.
R: Well it’s good coffee, and its for a good purpose, so you can feel all warm and fuzzy about buying a coffee everyday.
Do you patron STREAT regularly?
V: Yes, pretty much since this cart opened in Melbourne Central I’ve bought my coffee here.
R: Yeah I do, everyday. I’ve been coming to Melburne Uni since I started working here but also Melbourne Central.
This week we also welcomed our fourth intake of trainees to STREAT. Do you have any words of wisdom for them as they start on their journey with us, something that you would have wanted to know when you were 16?
V: Ooh when I was 16… That anything is possible really. The world is their oyster and they’ve got a bright future ahead of them.
R: If hospitality is an industry you like, then really embrace it because it can be really good to you.
Why do you want homelessness to STOP?
V: It’s just heartbreaking when you see the guys out on the street, you hear their stories about how they got there and things like that, and it doesn’t need to be that way. We are all one community and we need to support everyone in that community.
R: Because its cold and its horrible. It’s just horrible and I don’t think its really necessary in a country like ours, people don’t need to be without homes. Whatever we can do to help people, we should be doing it.
Could you finish the following sentences -
Home to me is…
V: Where my loved ones are.
R: Home is safe and warm and cosy.
Something you may not know about me…
V: I’m a triathlete!
R: I volunteer a lot in the homeless societies.
A moment that changed your life…
V: Probably when I moved to Europe for my first job overseas.
R: The homeless word cup a couple of years ago in Melbourne. I volunteered on that and it was absolutely fantastic. It just opened my eyes and changed my life.
The strangest thing you’ve ever eaten…
V: Ooh I have eaten some strange things! I don’t even know what it was but it was in Thailand, it looked like an insect or something!
R: Um probably bugs. Deep fried bugs in Thailand! You’ve got to try these things!
Congratulations again Vicky & Rachel, thank you for stopping homelessness one meal at a time with STREAT!
This week we welcome our 50,000 customer to STREAT. We are also welcoming James, Hayley, Louise, Markita, Phoebe, Tanya, Jamila, Brodie, Aaron, Jessica, Aaron, Tayla & Brendan – our fourth class of homeless & disadvantaged youth to STREAT.
Over the coming seven months they’ll receive training and employment on our food and coffee carts along with life skills and a bunch of personal support. They’ll each receive a minimum of 26 hours of paid employment each week which includes them serving customers like yourself, working in our production kitchen, or studying for their Certificate II in hospitality.
All of this is possible because you – and many others like you – who buy your coffees and meals from us with 100% of profit going towards making homelessness stop for a young person.
Could you be our 50,000th customer?
This week aim to hit our 50,000th customer and it could be you!Our 50,000th customer will receive a free STREAT t-shirt , signed STOP homelessness STREAT sign, and a buy one get one loyalty card, plus we’ll feature you on our website. So come & share a meal or coffee with us at Melbourne Central or Melbourne University for your chance to be our 50,000th customer.
Other stuff you can do
We frequently get customers asking what else they can do to help. Here’s a few ways:
Share STREAT with others – the more customers we get, the more youth we help
IF connects local innovators and experts to discuss far reaching themes like ethonomics, online, design, technology and more. In this IF talk the panel will discuss the future of technology and the impacts on our immediate future.
The expert panel curated by uncluttered white spaces will address the simple questions: What has changed, what is changing, and what should we be doing to address these changes?
The event is taking place in just three days on Thursday 9 June from 6.30 – 8.30pm in Sydney CBD. All profits raised from the IF Talk will go to STREAT.
Walking through Melbourne University for the first time feels a bit like going on a wild goose chase, and it’s not because of the layout, but because all of the buildings look the same – blonde brick, concrete and blue steel – and not of the Zoolander variety!
As you make your way through to the Melbourne Uni Student Union North Court, a brilliant pop of red greets you, followed by the warmth of our resident pot plants, the sound of funky beats pumping from the cart and the smell of fresh coffee, pungent herbs and sizzling garlic – say hello to STREAT’s latest cafe.
STREAT worked with the talented Ammon Beyerle and Pete Spence from Herestudio Architects to design and craft our new café. The innovative design features walls made from iconic red recycled milk crates that lovingly wrap around our food and coffee carts. The result is visually spectacular!
This is the first time that we have had a sizable piece of real estate that has allowed us to pull off a double site, but does this compromise the STREAT experience? Definitely not!
I’m proud to say that our latest street cafe is a smooth operator that is quickly earning a reputation for the ‘best coffee on campus.’ And coffee that is ‘AMAZING and quick!’ and ‘some seriously good coffee karma for your morning caffeine kick!’ Our gourmet sandwiches are also earning a decent foodie following among students and faculty – we had our very first onsite catering gig just the other day and two loyalty cards have been completed since we opened up just three weeks ago.
Our CEO Rebecca Scott also had a thing or two to say about working on our latest venture. "I’m looking forward to working with Melbourne University Student Union Ltd and I’m proud that this year we’ll give customers over 45 reasons to share a meal or buy a coffee with STREAT at our latest street cafe. They are... Jamie, Bahareh, Andrew, Rayne, Imogen, Jen, Damien, Wren, Maddie, Con, John, Medina, Nathan, Chloe, Susie, Chantelle, Jake... the list goes on!”
Throughout 2011 STREAT will work with 40 homeless youth. Through the support of you – our loyal customers, we will provide 20,000 hours of paid employment to our trainees.
By the end of 2011 STREAT will be serving up to 1,000 customers daily across both of our street cafe sites with a target of hitting the 100,000 coffee served mark by Christmas.
So come on down to see our latest food and coffee cart for yourselves, and help us stop homelessness the delicious way by sharing a meal with us.