Volunteer Event - Cook for and Dine with Families at Local Homeless Shelter

The Minnesota Atheists will have another powerful and unique volunteer opportunity at the Family Place homeless shelter in downtown St. Paul. Although it is right next to the First Baptist Church, and that church provides help to the shelter, the Family Place is a completely secular 501 (c)(3).


We will be preparing dinner for as many as 40 people (we'll know the exact number the day before we will serve) at the Family Place. We will then dine with the families and then clean up afterward. We will have full access to their kitchen to make the preparations. The food we serve is up to us.This month Erin will serve as our kitchen leader and come up with our meal plan.*Look in the comments section for ingredient suggestions to bring with you!*

We should plan on arriving shortly after 3 PM for orientation, set up, and meal preparation. The orientation lasts approximately 30 min. which would give us at least 45 minutes to prepare the meal since dinner is served at 4:30 PM.

For parking:

The Family Place rents parking space from First Baptist Church so you can park for free in their lot (do not Park on the street since it is a ticket and tow area); the entrance to the parking lot is a few feet East of the corner of 9th and Wacouta. Drive to the far end of the lot, park, and walk across the street which will place you on the corner of 10th and Wacouta a few feet from of our entrance at[masked]th St. E. You will need to be buzzed into the building and the call button is located at the right side of the double doors which are not marked. Please use our 10th St. entrance and not the church entrance on Wacouta. Most GPS systems cannot find our location and they tend to get people using them VERY lost, but MapQuest seems to work okay.

The Minnesota Atheists is a partner organization of the Volunteers Beyond Belief

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  • Mahad

    Cilantro, Shredded carrots and the slivered almonds are all that are left, if my math is right. If no one else claims them by tomorrow, I will be bringing them too.

    March 29, 2013

  • Erin

    Hi All, I'm your kitchen leader this month, and I'm so excited. We are doing chicken stir fry, and it's going to be a very vegelicious meal. It was noted that our guest would appreciate a healthy meal that and I think we will have that at least. I'll have the shopping list up in one moment. I've est. for 50 people. Please let me know what you can bring, so we cover it all. I've already tagged the items I'll bring as (Erin) in the list. Feel free to let me know if any of the amounts are unclear, or you have other questions. Also, Should we do cookies for dessert again? Seems like a fan favorite as I recall.

    March 10, 2013

    • Sammy

      In addition to cookie dough I Can bring green beans, baby corn and garlic.

      March 28, 2013

    • Sammy

      Since Mary is bringing garlic, I believe cilantro is unclaimed so I will bring that instead.

      March 30, 2013

  • Yeun

    I am adding the following items that I will bring:
    ginger
    shredded carrots (one 10 oz bag)
    baby corns/3 cans (15.5 oz each)
    slivered almonds (one 5.5 oz bag)

    1 · March 28, 2013

    • Yeun

      I only bring 3 cans of 15.5oz each. I think we need more than what I bring.

      March 29, 2013

    • Sammy

      I will bring the rest of the corn.

      March 30, 2013

  • Eric

    The volunteer coordinator at the Family Place said that many of the current guests are transitioning into some recently opened supportive housing units. That is a very good thing, but they will likely not be part of the Saturday dinner, and the shelter spots that they vacated won't be filled until after the weekend. This means that there many not be very many guests tomorrow. Fortunately, left over food can be saved in the shelter's refrigerator as long as it does not leave the kitchen.

    March 29, 2013

  • Erin

    Hey all tried out the main stir fry recipe last night - and it tasted great! Really looking forward to working with all of you.

    1 · March 29, 2013

  • Erin

    Ok gang, here's all that's left, I can get the corn starch. Can anyone bring cookie batter? -9 - 10 oz Shredded Carrots
    -1 jar baby corns
    -Corn Starch (Erin)
    -Cilantro
    -3 - 16 oz bags Slivered Almonds

    1 · March 28, 2013

    • Sammy

      I can bring cookie batter.

      1 · March 28, 2013

  • Eric

    Something came up so I won't be able to make it. Maybe I can hook up with the group at the Bulldog afterward.

    1 · March 24, 2013

  • Phil C.

    Bernadette and I will bring 3 bottles of soy sauce, cider vinegar and oil.

    March 14, 2013

  • Jack S.

    Hello, and thank you for all the informative answers about the power chair and handicapped access. While I was waiting for an answer, the spaces filled up, and indeed, there are people wait-listed. So i have found other opportunities for that day.

    Thanks to everyone for their help, and have a great time.

    jack.

    March 14, 2013

  • Jack S.

    Is the kitchen ADA accessible for a power wheelchair user?

    March 9, 2013

    • Linda N.

      I can bring the peanut butter, 7 cans of mandarin origins, 7 packages of chicken flavored Ramen, 3 hearts of Romaine.

      March 11, 2013

    • Eric

      From the volunteer coordinator at the shelter: "We definitely have the ramp so that the kitchen can be accessed but it is a little narrow. It met code requirements when it was built but the code has been expanded since then. We had a handicapped volunteer with us for a few years and she used it on a daily basis but did need staff help getting up and down.

      Once on the gym floor the kitchen is accessible but it definitely does not meet ADA requirements for working height, etc. for an individual that is working from a wheelchair. If the individual can sit on a stool at the prep table it's okay."

      March 14, 2013

  • Sarah B.

    Pete & Sarah

    March 12, 2013

  • Erin

    For use in multiple items:
    -4 Jars Soy Sauce
    -roughly 2 cups Sugar total (Erin)
    -5 Knuckles Ginger
    -10 - 10 oz Shredded Carrots
    -Cider Vinegar
    -Oil

    Stir Fry
    -15 cups uncooked white Rice
    -15 lbs Chicken
    -7 cans Pineapple Chunks
    -7 Red Bell Peppers
    -7 bunch broccoli
    -7 lbs French Cut Green Beans
    -3 medium Onion
    -7 jars baby corns
    -Corn Starch
    -Fresh Garlic Cloves
    -Hoisin Sauce - (Erin)
    -32 oz Chicken Broth

    Spring Rolls
    -5 packs (10) Rice Paper - I'll bring
    -Rice Noodles - (Erin)
    -3 hearts of romaine
    -100 Medium sized Cooked Shrimp
    -Cilantro

    Mandarin Salad
    -7 heads Cabbage (4 green 2 red if possible)
    -7 cans mandarin oranges
    -3 - 16 oz bags Slivered Almonds
    -7 packages of Chicken Flavored Ramen

    Peanut Sauce
    -Peanut Butter - 36 oz
    -Hot Pepper Sauce (Erin)

    Let me know in the comments what you are bringing and what amount. You do not need to bring 'all' of a thing... I'm good at math, so I can figure it out :)

    March 10, 2013

    • Mahad

      I'll bring the 15 lbs of chicken, 7 red bell peppers and 7 bunch broccoli.

      March 12, 2013

    • Yeun

      I'll let Mary bring onions, then I'll add 32 oz chicken broth on my list.

      March 12, 2013

  • Yeun

    What ingredients should I bring?

    March 9, 2013

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