QC resto turns into a temporary shelter for the homeless With the enhanced community quarantine closing most businesses and establishments, a coffee shop in Quezon City found a deeper purpose than just ringing the cash register.
Camille Dowling Ibañes has turned her Popburri coffee shop in East Kamias as a temporary home for street families.
“Although Popburri is still operating, the lockdown limits our patrons to just take out orders. With that in mind, we decided to let the homeless stay in our resto-garage compound. We also give them food just to let them know that in these difficult times, we understand and feel their pains,” Ibañes explains.
The homeless families are given sleeping mats and access to clean bathrooms while they are inside Popburri. Aside from the restaurant, neighboring families and other good Samaritans also do their share in providing help to the homeless with various donations.
Last week, President Duterte announced the executive order concerning the code red, sub-level 2 for COVID-19 pandemic. The situation triggered the enhanced community quarantine in the National Capital Region (NCR) and the entire Luzon island.