Repost from the July 24, 2015 edition of the Pompano Beach Pelican Paper…
Pompano Beach – Elks volunteers meet with Katie Crissy, director of Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen, 2380 Martin Luther King Boulevard. Founded in 1989 by the late Jimmy Rotonno, this facility has been a lifeline for the poor and homeless. Last month this organization served over 3,064 meals. In addition, volunteers offer backpacks, bottled water, clothes and shoes to all who ask for help. Pictured with Crissy are Frank Seller, Elks volunteer and Cathy Coney, Exalted Leader for Elks Lodge 1898, Pompano Beach. The Elks Lodge donated boxes filled with food supplies for the food mission. Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen, Inc. is a charitable tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to feeding the homeless and needy without discrimination. For more information, call 954-968-7550.
We wish all our guests, volunteers and supporters a happy and safe Independence Day weekend. The Kitchen will be closed, Friday, July 3rd and will resume with normal schedules Monday, July 6th.
Thank you and God Bless!
Thanks to Daniel Fernandez, Area Supervisor for Little Caesars Pizza, our guests were served delicious fresh and hot pies straight from their traveling oven.
They did everything for us giving our staff a much-needed time to get caught up on other duties.
The big semi-trailer truck was driven by a wonderful crew as well.
Thanks again to all the good folks at Little Caesars for using your time, talent and resources for this amazing break from our daily routines.
Issue 26-1 published March 2015
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This is one of God’s “directives” to all people. We must never let others go hungry when we have the means to provide for those less fortunate. Thanks to so many good people, Our Father’s House Soup Kitchen set another new daily record by feeding 177 hot meals yesterday. Did you know the same day last year was 109 meals? This represents an increase of 63% in one year.
It is easy to think that since much of our food is donated, that the staggering numbers that we are now seeing is not a big strain on our resources. This is dangerous thinking. Larger numbers translates directly to purchasing more paper products, depletion of food stores, as well as higher utility bills and just more general wear and tear on our facilities. This doesn’t even account for the extra physical and mental toll on our staff and volunteers which comes from heavier workloads and more responsibility.
Continued support and prayers are especially important now – more than ever.
– Thank You and God Bless
In order for our staff and volunteers to have an extra long New Year’s Day Weekend, we will be closed New Year’s Day as well as January 2nd. We pray for a safe, happy, healthy and prosperous 2015 to all.
Thanks to the young students at St. Joan of Arc Catholic School in Boca Raton, FL
It has been a very busy holiday season with many good things happening which means it is time to give our staff a much-deserved break. We will be closed on Christmas Day as well as the day after Christmas. We will also be closed on New Years Day.
Christmas Day, Dec. 25th – Closed
Day after Christmas, Dec. 26th – Closed
Normal schedule resumes on Monday December 29th.
New Years Day, Thursday Jan. 1st – Closed
Friday Jan. 2nd – Open
We are constantly amazed and gratified by the great and generous people of all faiths and beliefs who believe in the necessity to help those in need. Now that the Christmas season is in full swing, we have seen some impressive food and toy drives and thankfully we have been able to match these gifts with many local families.
This array of new and unwrapped toys was dropped off recently. The thoughtfulness is astounding and the joy in watching the families with young children pick out a gift is worth all the effort.
We will be closed this Thanksgiving, November 27, 2014. We hope that all of those seeking food and togetherness find it with others in the community. God Bless to all.
Friday is open as usual.
We expect a larger number of guests toward the end of the month but last Tuesday was exceptional. With God’s unending help we were able to serve 162 lunches on that day. The challenge is not only planning, preparing and cooking for such a large number but also the challenge of serving and coordinating the table service all within an hour and a half.
While it may seem we are complaining about all the extra work, it is just the opposite! Our mission is to insure that no one who can make it to our doors goes hungry. We are there to serve and while we would love for our services to be unnecessary, we know that is not the case and that still many more need a consistent source of food.
Congratulations to our cook Kenny along with our regular kitchen helpers Tony and Nicole as well as all our hard-working and dedicated volunteers. They are priceless!