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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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  • Art K.

    Well done everyone! More people there than we anticipated but we were successful. Great menu, well planned and executed. Thanks Phil.

    1 · September 21, 2014

    • Mahad

      Thank you Art & Eric for the round of beers! And Chris, best of luck in your new adventures, you will be missed (Keep the YouTube vids coming).

      1 · September 21, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks everyone for checking off most of the menu list.

    The last items from the original list are the small jar of minced garlic and 24 – 32 oz sugar snap peas or snow pea pods.

    I do see that drinks have been overlooked again (sorry). So we need:

    1 gal milk
    powdered drink mix

    1 · September 19, 2014

    • Mahad

      Ok, I will get the minced garlic, milk and the mixed drunk then.

      2 · September 20, 2014

    • Caroline

      "Mixed drunk"? That's no way to talk about Alyssa!

      2 · September 20, 2014

  • Andrew C.

    Hey all, sorry I won't be there. I have a sort of last minute family gathering thing. I hope y'all have a great time!

    1 · September 20, 2014

  • Eric

    I'll bring the cookie dough for dessert.

    September 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the delay getting the menu posted


    1 packages of 2 lbs spring mix lettuce
    2 large cucumbers
    10 fresh tomatoes or cherry tomatoes (4-5 packages)
    4 packages of croutons
    2 bottles Salad dressing (Ranch and French are popular)

    Stir Fry –

    12 lbs chicken (boneless preferred)
    Soy Sauce – Phil
    1 large pc. fresh Ginger
    4 yellow onions
    1 jar minced garlic
    Black pepper-Phil
    3 red peppers
    3 yellow peppers
    1lb bag carrots
    24 – 32 oz sugar snap peas or snow pea pods
    Rice – Phil


    Fruit- Clementines and/or Apples.
    Cookies dough to make cookies for 50 people. We can bake in oven. Store bought or mix ingredients there.

    1 · September 15, 2014

    • Alyssa

      I've got the yellow onions, carrots, and ginger.

      September 18, 2014

  • Mahad

    - 2 large cucumbers
    - 10 fresh (cherry tomatoes)

    September 17, 2014

  • Damian Pound (.


    September 16, 2014

  • Birch H.

    I'll bring 3 red peppers
    3 yellow peppers
    1lb bag carrots

    September 16, 2014

  • Art K.

    I'll bring the Chicken.

    September 16, 2014

  • Caroline

    I'll bring the lettuce, croutons and dressing.

    September 16, 2014

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