Now in its fourth year of weekly services to Ipswich, the Claver Cares Van continues to deliver vital support services to the local community.
The van is part of a street outreach program run by the students, staff and community of St Peter Claver College to support members of the community who may be homeless, poor, lonely and in need.
The weekly service, which started out of a street outreach program back in 2006, is testament to the dedication of the school community. Despite the challenges of fundraising since the 2011 floods, the school continues to keep its commitment to the program. As well as offering food, drink and warm clothing, it teaches its students valuable life skills by aiming to build meaningful and respectful relationships that cross stereotypical social norms.
The ethos of the Claver Cares program encourages volunteers to work from a ‘theology of presence’, rather than a ‘theology of charity’. It is this mentality that begins to break down ‘us-and-them’ barriers by grounding every action in respect. Everyone who participates is a volunteer, giving up their time and effort to keep the Claver Cares Van in operation.
Initiatives such as Puckles Bakers Four Club can play a practical role in supporting their amazing work through fundraising. By joining the Club, your purchases can raise donation points for the Claver Cares Van as one of our Springfield 2012 charity partners.
The Claver Cares Van team meets near the kiosk (off Merle Finimore Ave) in Queen’s Park, Ipswich, at 6pm every Monday night of the year.