A note from Sister Margaret Anne Mills.
1901 - 1911
The start of the Compassion Soup Kitchen story.
1912 - 1921
In the early years of the twentieth century, the Sisters had more than enough work ahead of them.
1922 - 1931
The demand of the Soup Kitchen and the Sisters of Compassion's care rises after the 1931 Napier Earthquake.
1932 - 1961
Amongst the job losses and wage drops of the Great Depression, the Soup Kitchen was in more desperate need than ever.
1962 - 1971
A partnership with the St Vincent de Paul Society meant that the daily evening soup was replaced with a hot meal.
1972 – 1981
The numbers of Wellingtonians relying on a hot meal from the Soup Kitchen was ever increasing.
1982 – 1991
A younger demographic is introduced to the Soup Kitchen, and despite the trouble they were causing, the Sisters never refused them a meal.
1992 – 2001
Partnerships with other organisations are developed, and the Soup Kitchen is able to help in more ways than providing a hot meal.
2002 - 2011
The team effort continues, with staff and volunteer numbers increasing to meet the demand.