Homeless Feeding the Homeless Event
On January 18, 2010 Extended Housing hosted a meal to the homeless in conjunction with the PATH (Projects for Assistance in Transition from Homelessness) Advisory Council. The PATH Advisory Council was started in July of 2009 and is comprised of six people who are homeless or who are formerly homeless. The Council’s purpose is to improve outreach and referral services to the homeless people of Lake County through discussion of current needs and the sharing of ideas about how to address them.
Extended Housing staff (Leah Ciofani, Holly Butterfield and Phyllis Wilcox) along with council members (Dave Mattis and Tim Mummaw) cooked chili and prepared chicken and egg salad sandwiches to pass out along with chips and hot chocolate. Bauer Restaurant and Bar Supply, Inc. of Mentor provided all the chili and hot chocolate cups, with lids.
Cub Scout BSA Pack 705 of St. Francis of Assisi Church in Gates Mills donated 27 backpacks filled with ponchos, hats, gloves, hand and foot warmers, socks, water bottles, hand sanitizer, baby wipes, a water bottle and calendars. Cub Scouts Colin Raby (with mother, Carla Raby) and Tommy Speelman (with mother, Gina Speelman) along with little brothers Sammy and Joey Speelman represented Cub Scout BSA Pack 705 and delivered the backpacks to Extended Housing.
39 people came to the event, including men, women and families with elementary school children. People were very excited about the backpacks and even more with the items in them.
Extended Housing is very grateful to all who donated items and their time for this event, as well as the Lake County Alcohol Drug Abuse and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS) Board, who provide vital funding and support.