“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in….” Matthew 25:35
Assisting in the kitchen is one of our most requested volunteer jobs and a favorite of both long-term and one-time volunteers. Kitchen volunteers do everything from assist with food preparation and set-up to serving the meals and clean-up. There are always plenty of other jobs that need volunteer attention, such as keeping the pantry, coolers and freezers organized.
Last Saturday, Chevron’s Black Employee Network kicked off their partnership with Star of Hope by assisting with lunch at our Women & Family Emergency Shelter. Volunteers were busy peeling potatoes and cutting up fries, assembling veggie stacks for the burgers and cooking a very special treat – homemade fudge. A few volunteers even brought their heavy jackets and gloves to help get the freezer ready for the large grocery order that would arrive Monday morning. At lunchtime, these volunteers waited tables and served the shelter’s guests restaurant-style. What a blessing it was for moms and dads with little ones not to worry about balancing serving trays!
Thursday, the University of Houston’s Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Susan Bush, was behind the serving line at our Transitional Living Center to assist with dinner. Susan brought Assistant Coach Eric Quill, her dad and sister along to help. A group of our teens got very excited when they realized they were talking with coaches from a collegiate athletic program. Not only was dinner served with welcoming smiles and encouraging words, Coach Bush and Coach Quill were excellent role models and made college seem a little more real for our teens.
Volunteers who assist in the kitchens each week are a special blessing, like students from Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart. For about the last 10 years, high school seniors from Duchesne have faithfully served lunch each week, September through May, at both our Men’s Development Center and our Women & Family Emergency Shelter. These young women are a breath of fresh air with their high energy and enthusiasm for helping those who struggling through difficult times.
We serve 3 meals a day, 365 days a year, at all three facilities, and are always grateful for volunteers with a heart for our mission! Check out this and other exciting Star of Hope volunteer opportunities at Community Volunteer Opportunities Houston.