Carpenter's Shelter Meals
Some wandered in desert wastes, finding no way to an inhabited town; hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted within them. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress; he led them by straight way, until they reached an inhabited town. Let them thank the Lord for his steadfast love, for his wonderful works to humankind. For he satisfied the thirsty, and the hungry he fills with good things. -Psalm 107:4-9
Carpenter's Shelter Meals
Carpenter's Shelter meal volunteers help shop, prepare, and serve a hot dinner for the residents of Carpenter's Shelter. Christ Church volunteers are responsible for preparing meals on the first and third Friday of every month. This is a great opportunity to serve those in your community who are less fortunate, as well as to work beside other parishioners.
Why We Volunteer
Dorothy has been volunteering with the Christ Church Friday Night Carpenter’s Shelter Dinner Crew for about ten years now. Each time she volunteers, no matter how tired she is or how consumed she has been with work during the week, when she walks in all of that melts away as she meets people who are facing life-altering challenges. Since the recession hit, the shelter has been waiting-list full and it takes a full team effort to serve and feed the 80 residents a meal.
What Dorothy loves most about this ministry is that it's a roll-up your sleeves/hands-on opportunity to serve and each time she leaves feeling humbled and grateful for the time spent with these residents. There are many stories that come out of personal interactions with the residents, but one of her favorite stories happened just a few months ago. As volunteers were leaving for the evening, one of the residents came up to thank them for dinner and said, “Next time you are here, I won’t be! Next week I’m moving out of the shelter into my own place!” Her face was beaming, her spirit light. All the volunteers were grateful that for a brief moment they could share in her joy.
A Night Serving Dinner
On a recent Friday evening the Brothers of Saint Andrew prepared dinner at Carpenter's Shelter. This inter-generational group serves the evening meal once per quarter at the shelter. Volunteers gathered at 5:00 p.m., stocked with all the ingredients needed for cooking and serving dinner for the 80 residents of the shelter.
A new menu had been selected for the evening. Shopping for the ingredients had been completed by one member of the team. All the volunteers came prepared to cook and financially contribute to cover the cost of the evening meal. The team took great pride in preparation and presentation of a baked fish sandwich with lettuce and tomato on the side, coleslaw, tater tots, and ice cream sandwiches for dessert. Milk was available for the children, iced tea, and water for the adults.
Ingredients for this meal cost $180. Six volunteers split the tab for the meal, making the cost $30 per person. The volunteers were finished and on their way by 7:30 pm.
Who can I contact to find out more or to get involved?
Barbara Boehm: please click here to send Barbara an email.