August 7

On July 29, we held our "Volunteer Appreciation" gathering. The Vogeley's were kind enough to allow me to host a picnic on the grounds of their lovely home. Despite the temperature, we had a great time. There was lots of laughter, good conversations and refreshments. I hired the Trolly Stop hot dog truck and it proved to be very popular; everyone liked trying all the variations on the menu (with ‘Chicago style’ being my personal favorite). With being open four days a week, we have different teams that work together each day. Gatherings like this are a chance to get all the day's teams together to socialize with friends and make new acquaintances. Father T was unable to join us but he asked me to relay his message to the group:

“Please relay my thanks to the people who do such a

wonderful job and help us all to hold our heads high

because we are caring for the poor through them.”

Looking forward to welcoming back my volunteers and bringing on new ones when we fully open in September. (If you are wondering, yes, the church staff has moved ‘home’ to their offices upstairs and we will be getting our space ready to take in our guests for the first time in 2.5 years!).

Special Need: Please hold your donations of material goods until September. If you have items you are unable to hold but would like to donate, consider bringing them to the Rescue Mission at 5th and Castle, any Salvation Army or Habitat Restore location, Vintage Values, Nifty Thrifty, the Bargain Box …. or any other charitable organization. They are all organizations that serve those in need either distributing goods or using proceeds from sales to do good.