Building bridges between neighbours and facilitating access to services, support, and opportunities for social inclusion through personal interaction.
How do we do this?
By acknowledging that life is better in community!
So many messages around us today tell us that life is a DIY project. Often our only contact with other people is through screens. But there’s so much we are missing out on when we live life that way. Our circles of interaction become smaller – we only talk to people who agree with us. It’s important to re-introduce the plaza – the public space where people of all backgrounds can get to know one another.
Have you discovered the Lotus Community Corner? Maybe you haven’t yet because we’ve only been open Saturdays. But now we’re opening up from Saturday through Thursday 10am-3pm. Join us on July 22 to celebrate our new opening hours! Join us to read a book from our libary, relax in our peace garden, and sip some amazing Moka Harar coffee!
Sunday – Friday
& counseling appointments
Saturday Lotus Breakfasts
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
What’s happening at the Lotus?
'I have to do this': 'Bannock Lady' marks 5 years serving meals to Winnipeg's homeless
It's been five years since Winnipeg's "Bannock Lady" earned her nickname. She's fed thousands of homeless people since then and shows no signs of stopping anytime soon.Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/1.4497738Posted by CBC Manitoba on Tuesday, January 23, 2018
THE UPCOMING SYRIAN BRUNCH WILL SUPPORT FAMILY STILL IN REFUGEE CAMPS
Please support this effort. It's not just about great food. It's about alleviating suffering. A portion of proceeds from this Sunday's event will go to the family of the son of one of the women cooks. He lives in the Za'atari refugee camp with his wife and baby. He can't afford diapers, and healthcare for his child who is sick, is hard to come by.
Your choice to purchase a ticket will make a big difference in someone's life.
WHAT'S BEHIND THE SYRIAN BRUNCHES?
As the Lotus Community coordinator who works with the Syrian ladies who offer the Monthly Syrian Brunches, I wanted to share with you why the ladies have decided to donate a portion of the proceeds from now on to family members left in refugee camps.
I want to tell you about the situation of one of the ladies. Every night, she has trouble sleeping because she is consumed by worry about her son, who lives in the Za'atari refugee camp in Jordan. He had just gotten married when the rest of his family got the go-ahead to be able to come to Canada. Because he was now married, he was considered a separate family unit, so he and his wife had to stay back in the camp. They now have a little baby, who has some health issues. There are no medical services; he cannot even afford diapers for his little girl.
Part of the money raised from this upcoming brunch will be sent to this family in the Za'atari camp, and his mother will be able to rest a little better, assured that her grandchild is doing okay.
Do you see how much these brunches mean to some people, how much good they can do?
Please support this effort. It's not just about great food. It's about alleviating suffering.
Thank you for reading this. Dare to know more about what others are living through - I invite you to watch the video as well.
Hoping you will lend your support to this initiative,