I always wondered about the sounds I could hear behind the wall in the shop. From the sounds of clinking cutlery, conversation and laughter, it was clear a large group of people were eating in this mysterious space.
I soon learnt this was the famous Sacred Heart Mission Dining Hall where 500 people come for a free breakfast and lunch each day.
These are people who are sleeping rough, living alone in private room houses, crisis accommodation or staying with friends. Ninety-four per cent are single and may have no or little contact with family or friends.
The Mission provides a range of services for these people, including a rooming house, food parcels counselling services, arts program, and sport and recreation activities.
If you ever wondered what happens to the money you spend at an op shop, then the Sacred Heart Mission is a good place to shop. Not only can you find leather Mollini and Olga Berg bags for $5 and leather boots for $10, you can see who and what your money supports. Everyone's a winner.
The Mission runs five op shops, all of which are open seven days a week. Check here for details.