You web browser may not be properly supported. To use this site and all its features we recommend using the latest versions of Chrome, Safari or Firefox

Hamodava

Through our support of the Collingwood Football Club Foundation, Slater and Gordon staff have been offered the opportunity to help out at a café in Melbourne which assists the homeless and disadvantaged.

A joint initiative of the Magpie Nest Housing Project and the Salvation Army, the Hamodava café provides around 2000 free meals each week and uses volunteers to help wait tables, serve customers and clean. I am very pleased to say that many of our local S+G staff have signed up to assist in this worthy endeavour.

Recently I was pleased to be able to set aside my normal work day to don an apron and volunteer myself with a number of my colleagues down at the cafe. I can honestly say that the experience was truly eye opening and inspirational, and one of the best things I have done.

It was an honour and a privilege to make a difference in a very small way for those who have come from an environment of homelessness – something that many of our clients have struggled with.

The whole concept, of not being a traditional soup kitchen, and serving people at their table, gives dignity and respect to those off the street.

Unfortunately, there is a now an alarming rise in rough sleepers in Melbourne with double the number of people experiencing homelessness in the past two years. This issue was brought home to our HR team who recently volunteered at Hamodava on a day that news reports identified the escalating crisis. It shows again how important it is to provide a range of services, such as that offered by Hamodava, not just a hot meal but access to a range of support services, and I urge everyone to consider how they can make a difference.

We had a mix of lawyers and support staff volunteering and it was a great experience to work together to get a job done. Other colleagues also found that it was a rewarding opportunity to take time out to consider the social issues around homelessness and assist in a hands on way:

Yesterday was such a good experience. You really don’t know how many people who are actually in need. It was a hard day – not just physically, but emotionally. The Salvation Army and the people who work there do a great job serving everyone that comes in.'

Sally Allport

Junior Legal Assistant

'Participating in the volunteering project yesterday was a great experience. I think it’s important for all staff in our line of work to take time out of our day to welcome and learn about people from all different walks of life and see how they live. I highly recommend that my colleagues get involved in this initiative. It is rewarding knowing that we are supporting organisations like The Salvation Army who do so much – with so little – for our community.'

Truejoy Pesaleli

Junior Legal Assistant

'Honestly, the experience was very eye opening and really emotional for me. I was almost in tears when I saw the line of people waiting to come in for their 9am breakfast. As the day went on, it was very easy to just get on with the job, as we were really busy serving the food, clearing tables and taking orders. When we counted the lunch meals that were served and realised there was 200 lunches served, it really shows the impact of homelessness in Melbourne. That is 200 people who need the help of The Salvation Army every day just to get a meal for lunch.'

Sacha Quick

Junior Legal Assistant

‘Volunteering at Hamodava was such an incredibly humbling experience. Taking six hours out of our week to help those in need was a small gesture, but I feel it touched many people and they were very appreciative of our help. It was definitely challenging, both physically and mentally; combining hospitality with social work is no easy feat. But the day was a complete success in my eyes. At the end of the day, nobody chooses to be homeless and after serving a staggering 300 people yesterday, the extent of homelessness in Melbourne was made a reality, rather than just another news report.'

Rikki Stanley

Trainee Legal Assistant

Thank you for your feedback.

Related blog posts

In the Community
Asbestos Awareness Month Morning Tea

Our NSW Asbestos lawyers, Joanne Wade and Jessica Mackenzie hosted an open day and morning tea at the Asbestos Research Institute (ADRI) on November 2, 2017, to mark the beginning of Asbestos Awareness Month. Our team was joined by carers and sufferers of asbestos diseases. Professor Takahasahi joined ADRI as the Director earlier this year. His goal is to make the world a safer place and to establish the institute as a global centre of excellence for asbestos-related diseases. He brings his expertise as a renowned epidemiologist. He spoke to the group about his vision and direction for ADRI including the establishment of a Fibre Bank. The group then enjoyed a tour of the world-class...

Adri Morning Tea
In the Community
Slaters team knocks on equality’s doors

In true Slaters style, a team of lawyers and support staff stood up for equality over the weekend by door knocking in support of the “yes” campaign for marriage equality. With the marriage equality postal survey already shaping up to be a hot topic, the team decided to take to the streets and help people to update their electoral enrolment and explain the importance of voting for marriage equality. “As a lawyer, every day people put their rights in my hands and yet the Liberal government wants to put my right to marry the person I love to an optional postal survey,” said Hannah Lewis of the Commercial and Project Litigation team. “But, just like I fight for my client’s rights...

Slaters Team Door Knocking Blog
In the Community
Communities are at the centre of our social responsibility

We’re a law firm built on social justice values, so it’s no surprise that giving back to the community is part of our business. We support our clients and local communities through these initiatives. This free social work service has been assisting clients since 2009 and we are the first and only law firm in Australia to offer this service to clients. We have long recognised the value of social work in addressing emotional and social issues which may arise if a person is affected by injury or illness. Following the overwhelming success in Victoria, the firm extended the service to clients in New South Wales, the ACT and, recently, to Queensland. The Slater and Gordon Health Projects and...

Shutterstock 174808073Blog

We're here to help

Start your online claim check now. Or, if you have a question, get in touch with our team.