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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  • Jason

    Thanks and great job everyone! Good food and a fun day!

    3 · June 23

  • Benjamin

    I'm outside the church now.

    1 · June 21

    • Matthew H.

      Aren't we all Ben, aren't we all...;-)

      4 · June 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was fun and I'm really glad I went!

    2 · June 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you arrive late, ring the buzzer to the left of the door.

    June 21

    • Caroline

      Hi, that's actually mentioned above :)

      June 21

  • Caroline

    Thanks to everyone who made this such a successful event and for watching the rice cook "faster"!

    5 · June 21

  • Matthew H.

    Tacos were yummy, rice and beans were great, and of course our fellow cooks were fantastic! Thanks for all the fun.

    3 · June 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Birch and I are here but can't find an entrance. We're praying now.

    June 21

  • Eric

    Thank you everyone for your dedication and hard work. The meal sounds delicious! Here is a message from the shelter's coordinator: "As of this morning we had 33 guests with 14 of them being small kids under the age of 10. However, since the weather has warmed up we can never be sure how many will show up for a meal, so hopefully you can be flexible. When it rains – more guests, when it's sunny fewer for meals."

    3 · June 20

  • Caroline

    The 24 ounce sized ones should be fine.

    June 18

  • Benjamin

    What size jars of salsa should I be getting?

    June 18

  • Art K.

    Everything's covered. Thanks everyone!

    Tacos:
    8 pounds hamburger-----Art
    48 6"-8" soft shells-------Art
    48 hard shells-------------Art
    8 cups cheese-------------Caroline
    8 packets taco seasoning-Caroline
    24 oz sour cream----------Caroline
    4 tomatoes-----------------Anastasia
    2 heads of lettuce----------Anastasia
    3 jars salsa,hot,med,mild--Benjamin

    Black beans:
    6 cans black beans---------Caroline
    Assorted spices------------Alyssa

    Rice:
    10 cups rice-----------------Caroline
    3 medium onions------------Anastasia
    2 green peppers--------------Anastasia
    1 large can diced tomatoes--Anastasia
    1/2 cup canola oil-------------Caroline
    20 cups veggie broth---------Caroline
    Minced garlic------------------Caroline
    Assorted spices---------------Caroline

    Dessert:
    cookies for 50-----------------Jason

    Beverages:
    1 gallon of milk--------------------Mahad
    Fruit punch - lemonade 50-------Mahad

    2 · June 15

  • Anastasia G.

    I can bring the veggies (tomatoes canned and fresh, lettuce, onions and peppers), if no one else takes it on.

    3 · June 14

  • Benjamin

    I'll bring the salsa

    3 · June 9

  • Jason

    Ill bring the cookies!

    2 · June 9

  • Mahad

    I will bring:
    Milk
    Fruit punch or lemonade

    2 · June 9

  • Art K.

    I'll bring the Hamburger, soft shell, and Hard shells

    2 · June 9

  • Caroline

    Taco dinner this month! Can't wait to see everyone! Tacos:
    8 pounds hamburger
    48 6"-8" soft shells
    48 hard shells
    8 cups cheese-Caroline
    8 packets taco seasoning-Caroline
    24 oz sour cream-Caroline
    4 tomatoes
    2 heads of lettuce
    3 jars salsa (one each hot, medium, mild)

    Black beans:
    6 cans black beans-Caroline
    Assorted spices-Alyssa

    Rice:
    10 cups rice-Caroline
    3 medium onions
    2 green peppers
    1 large can diced tomatoes
    1/2 cup canola oil-Caroline
    20 cups veggie broth-Caroline
    Minced garlic-Caroline
    Assorted spices-Caroline

    Dessert:
    Ready to bake cookies for 50 (PB and chocolate chip are favorites)

    Beverages:
    1 gallon of milk
    Fruit punch and/or lemonade for 50

    4 · June 9

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