Open House runs each Tuesday and Thursday evening
St Patrick’s Open House is a twice-weekly invitation to the homeless
and vulnerable to come and have a home-cooked meal.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat,
I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink,
I was a stranger and you invited me in.
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Open House started in 2003 feeding approximately 50 guests each week. Over the years Open House has grown and we now have a team of 160 wonderful cooks who prepare food on a rota basis. These delicious meals are brought into St Patrick’s every week where volunteers serve them. At the moment we are feeding between 60 and 70 guests each week, twice a week on a Tuesday and Thursday evening. The Groucho Club, Soho and Bistro One, Soho provide our puddings each week.
Our Open House guests include the homeless and those living in hostels or squats, some of whom we have known for some time, some of whom we have met on the street and invited in or who may have heard about us on the street.
We start and end our welcome with prayers. When we serve the poor, we have the opportunity to encounter Christ present with us. Many who come to volunteer at Open House discover that it is in giving ourself to the other, we come to know ourselves. Here at St Patrick’s, we desire to build up each person so that they may flourish and know that they are a beloved child of God.
When the guests join us at the table and enjoy a delicious, three-course meal in a peaceful atmosphere, they are reminded of how much they are valued and loved by God.
For the last 13 years, Open House has tried to answer the Lord’s call to recognise Him in those who suffer most in our society. There are many feeding plans in London but with Open House the homeless become part of our spiritual community where a sense of family is fostered. Why not come and join us?
If you are interested in volunteering please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be in touch.
Open House relies on donations and the generosity of our cooks and volunteers. To help raise funds for Open House the volunteers organise a Bazaar in Soho Square each year. Please keep an eye on our website for updates.