From September through May teams of volunteers from St. Paul's provide an evening meal on Thursdays for residents of the Salvation Army, as well as for anyone outside the facility in need of a meal. Preparations begin at 4:00 p.m. and dinner is served from 5:45 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Team members may arrive at designated times during this period as schedules permit, and new volunteers are welcome at any time.
Our participation in this program is essential. We continue to serve between 60 to 80 people at a meal. Those served include both young and old – adults, many of whom come right from work, young children and their families, expectant mothers, etc.
St. Paul’s efforts at the Salvation Army Shelter have been a model for other churches within the community. Most evening meals at the Shelter are now being prepared by local churches. The Salvation Army has limited resources, and the Salvation Army kitchen provides an excellent opportunity for parishioners to practice direct outreach to members of our immediate community who are in need.
35 parishioners currently participate on one of the Thursday night teams. The meal we prepare includes meatloaf, potatoes, salad or green beans and applesauce, bread and dessert. Three teams serve meatloaf etc. and one team serves pasta. We often get compliments from those enjoying the meal, as well as the satisfaction of getting requests for seconds!
With enthusiastic congregational support, generous funding from the Outreach and Service Commission, and the many wonderful parishioners who donate their time and efforts on a monthly basis, this important area of outreach will continue to thrive.
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