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Photo: Tiberiu Ana


Ingredients for 4-6 people

  • 2 large onions, finely chopped

  • 350g (12oz) smoked bacon chopped into pieces (leave out if your guests are vegetarian or don’t eat bacon)

  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped

  • 1.75kg (4lb) tomatoes, roughly chopped, or 4 x 400g (14oz) cans chopped tomatoes

  • 2 good squeezes of tomato sauce

  • Salt and pepper

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

  • bread


Sharing a meal

When Megan, a doctor, was driving home from a conference, she got stuck in one of those terrible traffic jams which take hours to clear. Tired and hungry she got off the motorway and drove to her mother-in-law’s house. Although she arrived unannounced, her mother-in-law welcomed her with delight, sat her down and immediately put a knife and fork in front of her while she made tea and rustled up a meal. Megan reflected later that knowing she couldn’t get home, she headed for the one place where she knew she would be welcomed and fed.

Ask many people who they think help homeless people and they will say straightaway ‘Salvation Army’. The SA are known for their tireless work to provide food and drink for people who sleep rough or have no other place to go.

In this space, we invite you to share a meal together. Who comes to your meal is up to you. Maybe you would like to invite your friends and relatives, opening your home in the spirit of Megan’s mother-in-law. Maybe you would like to hold an event at your church for disadvantaged people in your community, or volunteer for a soup kitchen or other food provision in your community such as a food bank. Maybe you would like to do this as a group, remembering those who struggle to find hot food and drink and those who work to reach them.

In the spirit of the traditional Salvation Army soup kitchen, we offer you a recipe for tomato soup. Enjoy.


Research: investigate home and homelessness
Resources: explore the Internet, find books
© CTBI and MTAG 2014

Navigating the pathways

From here, you can travel as a visitor through a number of pathways through the various cell-spaces finding out what it is like to be an inmate here.

You can mix and match your journey through the different spaces depending on what you would most like to explore, study or do.

Yellow Blue Green Pink


  • What is a home?
  • What do you feel about homeless people?

Scripture passages with questions

  • Garden of Eden
  • Babylonian Captivity
  • Jesus has no home
  • Jesus’ mother at the Cross
  • Prodigal Son

Art/images on the theme for reflection with questions and exploration

Gift-giving and baggage dumping

  • Appreciating your home
  • Understanding homeless people better


  • Brief thoughts from different people about home and homelessness.
  • Questions for discussion


For those who have lost their homes. With images for reflection


Websites to explore on the theme of home; homelessness; refugees and asylum seekers


  • What have you noted down for consideration?
  • Other bloggers; Comments from young people piloting the project


Theological reflection on home and heaven

Hymns and other music

Choose from Hymns; chants; psalms; classical music; contemporary music


Video clips, TV episodes, Films, Books, Contemporary music

Footsteps of Jesus

  • How did issues of home and homelessness affect Jesus?
  • Matthew 2. 13-15 The Escape into Egypt
  • Luke 4. 16-30 The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth


Reflective stories
  • Manda’s story
  • Tanya’s story
  • Rebekah’s story
With questions for discussion


Story telling
Real life stories
  • Dev’s story
  • Rahena’s story
  • Simon’s story
  • Ana’s story
  • Carl’s story

Recipe - suggestions for hospitality, trying new things

  • Megan’s story; the work of the Salvation Army
  • Making soup to share with others

Dispossession - how am I changing?

  • Going home....what will I leave behind?
  • What new things will I take home with me?
  • Info