Doorways to job market

The recently launched Doorways to Recovery initiative aims to provide homeless people and those suffering from mental illness with hospitality skills to help them into the job market.

The Innaloo resident, who has an intellectual disability, said he looked forward to applying for paid work using the knowledge he had gained as a cleaner in the cafe five days a week.

�I�ve been here for four weeks to get experience and get ready for employment,� Mr Shannon said.

�I enjoy cleaning because it is a physical job but I also enjoy having a coffee and a chat with staff.�

Run in conjunction with Partners In Recovery, the program involves four people a month receiving quality barista and hospitality training.

The cafe gives people using Salvation Army�s support services free coffee. It also acts as a social inclusion tool, offering people a place to relax.

However, with increasing financial pressure and less government support, Doorways Perth Community Programs co-ordinator Kris Halliday said donations were integral to keep the program running.

�Funds from the Red Shield Appeal will help to provide the extra support required for participants in such programs and of course will allow us to continue to provide relief to all of those who come to us � over 8000 people per year access our Northbridge centre,� he said.

The appeal will run on May 30 and 31. To donate, visit http://salvos.org.|au/get-involved/help-us-fundraise/red-shield-appeal.