Saturday, July 16, 2016

A Picnic in the Park

Stella's Circle is a leading social services agency here in St. John's that offers programs for adults who have barriers to full participation in the community, including poverty, homelessness, and health issues. Stella's Circle offers help through counseling and support programs, emergency shelter and affordable housing, as well as education, training, and employment opportunities.

The Hungry Heart Café is an initiative of Stella's Circle that helps vulnerable adults access careers in the food service industry so that they can achieve independence and meaningful employment. All revenue generated by the Hungry Heart Café goes right back into the operation to fund employment training.

This Summer, the Hungry Heart Café is offering 'Loop Bag' picnic lunches (inspired by the new skating surface, 'The Loop'), and we were so excited to try them! Andrew and Brennen and I enjoyed a lovely picnic this afternoon in Bannerman Park, breathing in the sweet Summer air and just appreciating our gorgeous surroundings. Seriously, how beautiful is this park right now?

Andrew had the Ham, Gruyere & Avocado on Ciabatta with a chick pea salad, a brownie, and iced tea. I had the Vietnamese Rice Noodle Salad with Mint and Cilantro Dressing, topped with a Cinnamon Pork Paté and a cream cheese square. So delicious!!

I love that Stella's Circle helps individuals by combining education with natural supports, providing a fully inclusive experience aimed at preparing individuals for employment and independent living. They ask questions like, "What is it that you want to do?" and "How can we help you get there?"

I am so thankful for the questions that they are asking, and the great work they are doing to respond to the needs of our community.

People are capable of having a very full life, if you let them, and give them guidance. It starts with accepting others and ourselves as we are, and learning to thrive as unique individuals.

Stella's Circle and the Hungry Heart Café are opening hearts and minds, encouraging people to be tolerant, compassionate and empowered. They acknowledge the fact that everyone has the right to be who they are without judgement and without shame. Everyone matters. Everyone's uniqueness contributes to our community, and that's exactly the type of community I want to live in.

Click HERE to reserve your Loop Bag Picnic!


After our picnic, we took a walk around the grounds of nearby Government House, including a visit with the horses of the RNC Mounted Unit!

Such a fun day! Brennen was exhausted by the end of it, but we were so happy to be able to get out and enjoy the sunshine! 
The forecast is calling for continued warm temperatures, and we will be making the most of it. Happy Summer!

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