March 31, 2023

Daily bread

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Sometimes, people have nowhere to go to sleep, to live and just to be. Being homeless is not just a physical state of being but a psychological one as well – we all need a place to call our own.


In seeking to offer temporary and safe housing for Hamilton singles with nowhere to go, the Hamilton Christian Nightshelter Trust (HCNT; Te Whare Korowai Taangata o Kirikiriroa) was set up to offer accommodation for both men and women in the Hamilton area. Their clients may have complex needs, whether that’s experiencing medical or mental health issues, some form of trauma, or having passed through the prison system. There is a need in the Hamilton area for this respite care, especially for men, so the Waikato Men’s Shelter plays  in offering a better future for homeless Hamilton males.


To help the Men’s Shelter take care of their clients, Zenders Café generously paid-it-forward $100 worth of their famous Dutch sandwiches, to fill bellies and uplift moods. 


Zenders is a Dutch-inspired café on the outskirts of Hamilton (find them on Hopkins Road in Newstead) that offers homestyle food and drinks as well as being an event venue. The Dutch have a love of sandwiches (broodjes or boterhams), filling thick slices of homemade bread with delicious fillings like meats and cheeses. Zenders continues this Dutch-inspired tradition of healthy and wholesome sandwiches, and this time, the guests at the Waikato Men’s Refuge were able to enjoy them.

Corporate partner Designwell, a team of interior, architectural and industrial designers, also based in Hamilton, were part of the pay-it-forward alongside Zenders. They generously topped up Zenders customer pay-it-forwards so they could provide more to the shelter than they could otherwise.

 If you, too, want to be a part of generously helping others in the community, you can add a little to your bill when next you venture to Zenders for some Dutch-inspired food and hospitality.

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