About

About

Going Mobile KW is a volunteer community outreach group providing support to people experiencing homelessness in Kitchener-Waterloo (KW) and those in need who are battling hunger.

Our support may include the nightly delivery of a nutritional meal and items for warmth, community resource list, kindness, and a caring ear with dignity and without discrimination or judgement. We may serve people living on the streets, in government housing, and families in need.

Small items are also shared when possible, and we strive to help with special requests for necessities. Small items may include weather-appropriate clothing, sleeping bags, sleeping mats, blankets, hand warmers, tarps, over the counter medications, toiletries, etc., as inventory permits.

Food is individually packaged and served on a low key level in order to create a comfort zone without pressure. Many of our outreach group members are unsheltered or the loved one of those we serve.

This effort is funded solely by donations. The kindness and generosity of our community members is much appreciated. Monetary donations give us the most flexibility to purchase what we need. Donations of food, small items, facilities, and time from both individuals and businesses are always welcome. Going Mobile KW has established partnerships with local community resources and businesses, working together to help our most vulnerable.

Background

2012 - January 2020

Nadine Green’s downtown Kitchener convenience store became an unofficial shelter, where Nadine fed and housed several dozen people experiencing homelessness.

March 2021

Volunteers steadily increased and delivery grew to about 50 recipients. The group became 'Going Mobile KW'. Tiny Home Takeout provides a daily bite meal.


January 2020

Nadine was evicted from the store at the beginning of the pandemic for behaving like a residence. She prepared food at a friend's house, and delivered it the people who she formerly fed at her store.

January 2022

Going Mobile KW continues to grow and feeds 100+ people daily


February 2020

A friend prepared ten lunch bags 3-4 nights a week and placed them on her front porch for Nadine to also deliver when she checked on the unsheltered battling hunger in our community.

May 2022

Tiny Home Takeout and Going Mobile KW expand partnership to bring more food to those in need


March 2020

Others heard about the duo's efforts, and wanted to be a part of it, starting with helping with baking and supplies. A Facebook Group called 'Beautiful Souls Battling Hunger in KW' was formed.

November 2022

Tiny Home Takeout provides all prepared food

Purpose

Primary: To provide a daily meal to people experiencing homelessness.

Secondary: To provide life's basic necessities to the unsheltered and those in need such as food, clothing, and warmth.

Values

  • INTEGRITY - Know and do what is right

  • RESPECT - Treating others the way you want to be treated

  • RESPONSIBILITY - Embrace opportunities to contribute

  • SERVANT LEADERSHIP - Serve the common good

Goals

  • serve food to the unsheltered 7 days a week

  • accept donations which support our purpose

  • provide information about using existing community resources

  • follow legislative procedures (e.g. COVID, public health)