In a year, High Street’s Currency Lass has transformed from a dilapidated former pub to accommodation for the Hunter’s homeless. Next month one of the final pieces of the puzzle will fall into place, a pay-it-forward cafe styled after a Maitland legend.
Founder Liz Berger said patrons of the cafe can donate extra money which will be used to provide a coffee or meal to families and individuals struggling to make ends meet.
The cafe will integrate with other homelessness support services in the region through a voucher scheme. Support services will be able to give out meal vouchers, which can be redeemed at the cafe without stigma or judgement.
The cafe will be styled in honour of Maitland boxing legend Les Darcy, who held many of his fights in the pub’s back yard.
“[Darcy] started from poor beginnings,” she said. “He teaches perseverance, we need to encourage that.” “We hope people will draw inspiration from his life.”
The cafe will open at 205 High Street in November.