First Light Dinners
"For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat..." Matthew 25:35 Would you like a relatively easy way to put your faith into action and share the love of Christ with neighbors in need? Would you like to find a way to serve that your children could be a part of as well? Would you like a service opportunity that would help your children understand more about the needs of some of our neighbors? Please keep reading and join together with other members of IPC to be the Body of Christ moving beyond the church into our community!
The First Light Shelter for Homeless Women and Children has been largely in quarantine since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. The good news is that they have not had a single positive case of the virus in the shelter! It has been a hard season, however, as fewer volunteers have been available to help provide the meals for the guests. There are fewer guests at the moment. At this time, there are 25 adults/children at the shelter. The Health Department is asking all shelters to only take in new guests who have first been through the quarantine shelter that has been set up to make sure new guests are negative for the virus.
IPC will be providing the evening meals each night the weeks of October 18-24 and December 6-12, 2020. This is a great time for new folks to experience serving at First Light as the lower numbers mean dinner preparation is easier! You can either prepare the meal outside of the shelter at home and deliver for the staff to serve, order a meal from a restaurant to pick up and deliver and serve or arrange for delivery for the First Light staff to serve, or you can safely prepare a meal in the shelter kitchen and stay as a group to serve, using your own face mask and the serving gloves provided by First Light. You can practice safe physical distancing from the guests by staying in the kitchen as you serve plates to the guests across the counter. If you choose to deliver the meal for First Light staff to serve, please call First Light the day of your meal to alert them that you will need their staff to serve so they can make sure they have enough staff present. If First Light staff will serve, please deliver the meal hot and ready to serve by 6:00 PM. The phone number at the shelter is 205-323-4277.
Each date below has four volunteer slots. Our hope is that four families will come together each night to prepare the meal, with each family responsible for one part of the meal: entree, two vegetables, bread and dessert. So, grab your church or neighborhood friends and claim a night to serve together! It is really a fun and meaningful form of service to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
If you have not served before, we can help by providing you with easy and cost-effective menus for the meal from experienced volunteers! We can also walk you through the process with an experienced dinner volunteer so you can learn the ropes!
If you have questions, please contact Susan Clayton at 205-908-6547 or [email protected] Once you sign up, we will reach out to see what support you may need. Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up. Thank you!
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