Canice’s Kitchen serves hope and a helping hand

Maria Arema provides life coaching at Canice’s Kitchen, Darlinghurst (The Catholic Weekly/Alphonsus Fok)

Giving hope and a helping hand is all in a day’s work for Maria Arema, a life coach based at Canice’s Kitchen who serves people who experience homelessness or isolation in Darlinghurst, in Sydney’s inner-east. Source: The Catholic Weekly.

Despite coming into the new role during the pandemic, Ms Arema has already helped people living on the streets find permanent employment and helped one young homeless man to reunite with his estranged family overseas.

And she’s helped countless others with smaller but no less important goals, through small group classes and one-to-one meetings.

“Life coaching here, and I don’t really like that term, is just about meeting people where they are at, who are prepared to co-operate to work at some positive change that they want in their life whether it’s to lose three kilos or get a job or anything that is important for them to try to achieve,” Ms Arema said.

The life coaching service is just one of a raft of expanded community support offerings at the vibrant drop-in space that operates on a shoestring budget thanks to teams of dedicated volunteers from across Sydney, including from Catholic parishes and schools, other community partners, and grant funding.


Life coach brings a whole new dimension to those lives on the margins (By Marilyn Rodrigues, The Catholic Weekly

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