Coffee 2 Connect is a cafe located at The Salvation Army in Unley. It’s for people who wouldn’t normally go to a café and Salvation Army officer Major Reno Elms says there are many reasons for this.
“If you’re socially isolated, haven’t got many friends, or have low self-esteem, you’re unlikely to get out and about.”
Guests of the cafe come from all walks of life — from young homeless people to asylum seekers or people with disabilities. Each Monday more than 40 guests come to the cafe for morning coffee and cake, followed by a home-cooked lunch served by volunteers.
The cafe is an opportunity for Salvation Army staff to reach out to the community and help build the social skills of local people. Individuals can access other services on site such as social groups or emergency relief, and are given the opportunity to find spiritual support and participate in church activities.