“It was through Lentils that I gained family, community, enough experience to get my first jobs in hospitality, so in a way Lentils saved my life.”
“My first move out from home was into crisis housing accommodation with the Gender Centre. I was just starting my transition from being perceived as a female in the world to being perceived as a male. I had no idea what I was doing in life. All I knew was that I just had to get out of home. So in December of 2014 I moved out into a crisis share housing in Marrickville. I was on Centrelink so I had very little money and I had no knowledge of how to feed myself well. I made friends with some of my housemates in the share house and one of them one day was like “Do you want to go out for a dinner?” and I said “sure but I have no money?” and she said “that’s okey, we are going to Lentils!’. So we walked from our place in Marrickville to Newtown. That was my first experience with Lentil as Anything.
Lentils was great because it got me out of the house and I was fed well and I was surrounded by a community. I didn’t really know anyone before I began going there regularly and started seeing people and saying hello. It wasn’t until February that I started volunteering there because I hadn’t been able to pay for my food for a while but I felt I wanted to give something back. Through volunteering I gained so much confidence and I also gained a community base because I volunteered anywhere between a couple of days a week to almost every day sometimes. Yeah, it was through Lentils that I gained family, community, enough experience to get my first jobs in hospitality, so in a way Lentils saved my life.” – with Isaac Green
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