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).

*Look in the comments section for ingredients and reply with what items you intend to bring with you!*

We will be preparing dinner for as many as 50 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.

We should plan on arriving by 3 PM for orientation, set up, and meal preparation. The orientation for new participants lasts approximately 30 min., dinner is served at 4:30 PM. Clean up the dining area and kitchen after the meal. We will be going to the Bulldog after for drinks and conversation please join us.

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. The exact address is 499 North Wacouta Street, St. Paul, MN 55101. 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.

If you're using GPS to find the shelter, use the 499 North Wacouta Street address (which is where we park) since most GPS systems cannot find the appropriate location when using the[masked]th St. E. location.

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

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  • Steve P.

    It was hard to see how many young children were homeless for the evening and in need of a warm meal for the day, but it was great we were there to help for one day.

    2 · November 18, 2013

  • Brenda C.

    Thanks everyone!

    3 · November 18, 2013

    • Eric

      Thank you Brenda! You and Joe ran a very fun and efficient kitchen. And the chili was delicious :)

      2 · November 18, 2013

  • Birch H.

    I will bring "8 15 oz cans kidney beans", mayo and onions. Birch

    November 11, 2013

    • Brenda C.

      Hi Birch, someone is already bringing the kidney beans, but it looks like we still need the coleslaw/cabbage mix, would you like to bring that?

      November 12, 2013

    • Birch H.

      Confirmed. Will bring the coleslaw/cabbage mix instead. Birch

      November 13, 2013

  • Steve P.

    Shirley and me can also bring 5lbs of burger.

    November 13, 2013

  • Eric

    It's been too long since I've participated in this event! I'm looking forward to it. Are we planning on meeting up at the Bulldog afterward?

    November 13, 2013

  • Brenda C.

    Yes, everyone, please plan on joining us at the Bulldog afterward!

    November 13, 2013

  • Brenda C.

    We just need 5 lbs hamburger as long as Birch is willing to switch the kidney beans for coleslaw. Birch, I sent you a message yesterday. Then we will be all set! Looking forward to Saturday!

    November 13, 2013

    • Eric

      I can bring the 5 lbs of hamburger.

      November 13, 2013

  • Steve P.

    What items are left to bring?

    November 13, 2013

  • Sheila Path M.

    I'm sorry to cancel but a dear friend is very ill and they are holding a fundraising dinner at the same time.

    November 10, 2013

    • Brenda C.

      I'm so sorry to hear about your friend Sheila, looks like we have a lot of help, so no worries!

      November 11, 2013

  • Nancy S.

    I will bring
    150oz diced tomatoes
    48oz tomatoe paste

    November 11, 2013

  • Sheila Path M.

    My friend Dana will join too :)

    November 10, 2013

  • Mike A

    I will bring the dessert ingredients:
    4 20 oz cans chunk pineapple
    4 15 oz cans fruit cocktail
    6 apples
    3 large (5 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
    24 oz coolwhip

    November 8, 2013

  • Sheila Path M.

    My friend Dana will join too :)

    November 4, 2013

  • Rhonda

    Joe & Brenda (fresh meat ;)), I wish I could join you but I'll be at a Girl Scout event until 5pm. I know your chili will ROCK!

    1 · November 3, 2013

  • Phil C.

    Brenda and Joe will be hosting this month:

    Please post in the comments what ingredients you will bring.

    Chili 8 15 oz cans kidney beans
    4 15 oz cans chili beans
    10 lbs ground beef
    1 lb onions
    1 head garlic
    4 green peppers
    150 oz diced tomatoes (cans come in 15 oz)
    48 oz tomato paste (cans come in 6 or 12 oz)
    1 c chili powder - Brenda
    Cumin - Brenda
    Oregano - Brenda Cornbread
    8 pkgs corn bread mix (Jiffy) -- Phil and Bernadette
    1 dozen med eggs -- Phil and Bernadette
    ½ gallon milk -- Phil and Bernadette Coleslaw
    5 pkgs 16 oz coleslaw mix
    1 jar mayo (30-32 oz)
    Cider vinegar - Brenda
    Sugar - Brenda Fruit fluff salad desert
    4 20 oz cans chunk pineapple
    4 15 oz cans fruit cocktail
    6 apples
    3 large (5 oz) instant vanilla pudding mix
    24 oz coolwhip Lemonaid
    Lemonaid drink mix - Brenda

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Mahad

      I will be bringing:
      8 15 oz cans of kidney beans
      4 15 oz cans of chili beans
      1 head garlic
      4 green peppers

      October 29, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can I still go?

    October 21, 2013

    • Bernadette

      yes we will be opening up the RSVP's soon

      October 21, 2013

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