“Our van volunteers - or ‘Vannies’ is as they're known - use their soup and their sandwiches to create an atmosphere in an environment of friendship and connection,” says Cassandra Hatton, General Manager, Human Resources for St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria. “We rely on them to do the work we do in our communities.”
Jason was surprised at how little he had to travel to meet people who relied on the St Vincent de Paul Society’s services.
“I had no idea these shelters existed and it's two blocks away from where I work,” he says. “The majority of people were people who’d had one bad turn in life. Mental health issues, domestic violence - all the things we hadn't really thought about.”
Watch the video above to find out more about Jason’s volunteer experience with the St Vincent de Paul Society.