SOUL FOOD SPOTLIGHT DAY 2: Nightlight

Nightlight is a drop-in center for adults in the Kingston community open three nights a week from 6PM – 9PM. It’s structured like a cafe, and it’s located near the top of Princess street right before the 663 apartment complex. All are welcome to stop in for however long they wish, and coming doesn’t mean you need to be a “volunteer”. Its vision is based on the humble and loving example that Jesus walked on Earth, reaching out to the marginalized within the community, meeting people where they are at, without the restriction of societal expectations and barriers. It’s completely free to all guests; we serve coffee/tea/juice and the occasional snack (often from donations), fostering a relaxed environment to chat, play board/card games, puzzles, jam out, or even colour. I started going to nightlight four years ago and have fallen in love with its vision and community ever since. This isn’t a place where you come with the intent to offer a service or charity to others; it’s a place where you walk in friendship with others as they walk with you. You learn and gain as much as you seek to provide support to others. It’s about removing an “us versus them” mentality. It’s a safe place to get to know people struggling with a range of things, people who may typically be judged for their addictions, disabilities or mental illnesses, and to care for them on a deeper level. These relationships are personal and this community is like family. It all depends on how much you’re willing to let down your own walls and be vulnerable. Feel free to come check it out if you’re ever passing by

Stephanie Liew

Nightlight

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