In NSW alone, there are 37,750 people who are homeless on any given night. That’s a lot of children, youth, women and men who will be out in the cold, in overcrowded dwellings or sleeping on someone else’s couch in the middle of winter.

Whilst Coast Shelter provides ten accommodation programs across the Central Coast, we unfortunately cannot house all people who approach our Service. What we can do though, is make sure that those who are experiencing homelessness and hardship, get a good nutritious meal at Laurie’s Table to stay warm and healthy this winter.

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Jack and Brett are mates. They met at Coast Shelter’s Community Centre and often enjoy a meal and a chat at Laurie’s Table. Both Brett and Jack live alone and the social aspect of the restaurant is just as, if not more, important to them than the hot meals they receive. Talking to people, watching the television with others and being surrounded by activity helps stave off loneliness.

They are unanimous about the food served in the restaurant. “The food is always good quality,” says Brett. “Everyone is welcome,” Jack nods in agreement.

Brett and Jack agree that there should be more places like Laurie’s Table to help out the ever-increasing number of people unable to keep pace with the rapidly rising costs in our current housing affordability crisis.

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