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!
Resilience is the best quality a person can have and it comes through your choices as to how you deal with circumstances in your life. If you pick yourself up and keep going or fall to the ground and drag yourself indefinitely.
STREAT Trainee Channi tells us about a typical week at STREAT starting from when she wakes up in the morning to when she goes to sleep...
My morning begins by getting in my work clothes - jeans, red STREAT t-shirt, black hat and runners. Then I make sure that I have a healthy breakfast. I make my way to the Growier 527 bus stop, and take the bus to the Growier train station. I catch the train to Jewell station then I walk to the tram stop to get the 19 tram to Melbourne University where our STREAT cart is located.
Throughout the day I make coffee and sandwiches to sell to all of the students at Melbourne Uni. I’ve also had to learn our new seasonal menu and I make all of the sandwiches that we sell on the carts - Middle Eastern lemon marinated eggplant, with minted labneh and za'atar, Mexican style chicken mole with crema espesa and fresh coriander, Jamaican jerk pork with sweet pickled red cabbage and Malaysian beef rendang with crispy fried shallots.
At the end of the day when everything is done at the cart and its all packed away, I head home to my pet. When I get home I take my dog for a walk or just take them to a park and just play with them. Then I help my dad out with the dinner. After tea I watch some TV before going to bed. The next day I do it all over again, but I may not be at the cart, instead I may be at the STREAT Head Office, William Angliss or the Prep Kitchen.
So many houses. So many on the street. I have never slept on the streets, but from the age of 15 I have never had my own house. I can't imagine what it would be like to sleep on the streets for weeks, maybe only a day or two.
Last week our newest bunch of trainees cooked up a storm in the prep kitchen at Hanover House. Not only did they practice their knife skills by cutting up over 3kg of carrots but they also learned the valuable lessons of giving back and how to turn food that would otherwise be wasted into an amazing meal. Supervising Chef Dylan writes about this prep kitchen feast.
"Pretty much 99% of the ingredients came from Second Bite, we also used some of our trimmings from the last four weeks of food production that we have been freezing.
We used the trimmings from our production to make a hearty stock. We then used the stock to make a soup. Along with the stock the soup included around 3kg of carrots – we had lots of fun practicing our knife skills on those! 1 large sweet potato, 1/12 kent pumpkins and about 12 onions, and a bunch of parsley. This was pureed and seasoned.
We also made a salad with tomato, fennel, marinated spanish onions and capsicum with a slightly kicky lemon and horseradish dressing and manchego cheese.
Last but not least some orange cake made from whole boiled oranges and the blood sweat and tears of three trainees.
Awesome stuff, we just about filled the fridge at Hanover for the residents. The trainees got a wee kick out of making it and so did we, lots of fun!"
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!