Daily Community Meals and Activities
Each week, CHDC brings tenants together in the community. Cultivate HK creates a range of rich, diverse, and consistent programming for our residents in our five supportive housing buildings. During daily, two-hour Cafes, tenants gather for coffee, breakfast snacks, and conversation. CHDC Community Cultivation staff also facilitates building-specific activities, such as zine-making and book club, to engage tenants in creative pursuits.
And because some tenants are food insecure, CHDC partners with Rescuing Leftover Cuisine (RLC) to provide pre-packaged meals and sandwiches for tenants to take home and eat throughout the week. RLC is a national nonprofit food rescue organization that prevents food waste by redistributing excess wholesome food to local organizations, like CHDC. They seek to make food rescue sustainable and universal while eliminating hunger.
Additionally, CHDC hosts a daily Game Night, where tenants play bingo and board games in a team-building effort, while also providing the opportunity for players to win useful prizes, like humidifiers, hand-warmers, home goods, and hygiene products. Twice monthly, Community Cultivation staff also provides dinner following Game Night so that residents always have a good, healthy meal to depend on. This also allows our older residents, many of whom do not have nearby family and friends, an opportunity to eat meals in the community.
As a community, CHDC residents celebrate special holidays by hosting festive dinners and activities in our five supportive housing buildings. The Community Cultivation Department, in partnership with the Horticulture Department, transforms community rooms with beautiful holiday decor. Staff and volunteers serve hearty, seasonal meals, knowing that sometimes this is a tenant’s only opportunity for a home-cooked, community-centered gathering. Our Harvest Dinners, held in November, and Holiday Dinners, held in December, are large-scale events that residents look forward to every year. Cultivate HK also hosts a variety of programming during other seasons. In October, tenants carve pumpkins; in February, tenants make cards for kids at our local children’s hospital.