Saturday Breakfast serves a delicious and nutritious meal to almost 300 hungry neighbors on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. These guests are, in social service terms, “food insecure.” Many are also homeless.
But Saturday Breakfast is not just about serving calories. We strive to respect the dignity of every person who comes. They are our guests in every meaning of the word. We start with coffee hospitality as they gather to wait their turn for breakfast. The breakfast we serve is carefully chosen.
When Betsy Halpern and Katharine Hunt tapped me to head up Family Night Shelter, I was fairly new to St. Mary's. I had volunteered a few times at Saturday Breakfast but had no firsthand knowledge of the Night Shelter program. But I felt a deep sense of gratitude to our congregation and our wonderful church.
Presently our church, as a member of the Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County, is supporting the hosting of a Syrian refugee family. Now, let’s roll our time clock back to the 1970’s: the Vietnam War and consequent refugees from both Vietnam and Cambodia.
St. Mary’s Refugee Committee invites you to take part in this Refugee Resettlement Coalition of Lane County (RRCLC) Relief Kit project. Our committee, which includes some great cooks, will be hosting coffee hour after each service on June 18. At that time, we will collect new bath towels and other bucket items, as well as funds for the RRCLC Relief Kit project. There will also be information available about RRCLC and the plight of refugees around the world.