Howdy! Tonight As Most Of You Are Bracing For The Worst Here In The Northeast, I Wanted To Actually Head Out West And Tell You About The Portland Rescue Mission. These Folks Have Seriously Redefined The Word Mission. They Have Fantastic Programs For Women & Children, As Well As A Great Program For Men. They Offers An Amazing Shelter, Great Rehab Programs And Hearty Meals. With Three Seperate Locations They Cover An Enormus Amount Of Ground. One Of The Neat Things About Portland Rescue Mission Is That They Are Able To Accept Older & Used Automobiles In Exchange For A Tax Write-Off. They Are Located At 111 West Burnside, Portland, Oregon 97209.

 

“The faithful support of our donors helps us provide more than 230,000 meals a year, plus shelter, 24-hour restrooms, mail service and other essentials to people in desperate need. Our goal is to help men, women and children find freedom from homelessness, hunger and addiction. With nowhere to turn, many of these women are trapped in addiction, without shelter and basic necessities, completely without hope”. – From Their Website – http://www.portlandrescuemission.org

Good Evening Ladies & Gentlemen, Boys & Girls, And Welcome To The 35th Installment Of Hatter & Beanz. Tonight We Head West, And Feature For You, The Works Of An Amazing Homeless Shelter Located In Rosevile, CA. The Folks At The Gathering Inn Provide Nearly 17,000 People A Place To Lay Their Head Each Year. That’s Pretty Impressive If You Ask Me. Not Only Are They Accomplishing That Number, But They Accept Folks Both Young And Old As Well. The Gathering Inn Is Located At 201 Berkeley Ave., Roseville, CA 95678.

On a cold day in January 2004, a group of ministers in Placer County met to talk about a longstanding problem in the community—there was no safe and warm place for people to go if they lacked housing during the coldest months of the year. The ministers represented many different faiths, but felt united in their desire to help those who were suffering each night in the cold. Together, the ministers imagined gathering those who were homeless into the warmth of their churches, to provide supper, overnight accommodations and hospitality. They discussed the nomadic model of care, which had been used successfully in many other parts of the country. It was a simple concept that appealed to them: the site of the hosting church would change from one night to the next“.  – From Their Website – http://www.thegatheringinn.com

You See, All It Takes Is One Night, One Idea And The Rest Is History. Have A Great Night Folks.

Hey There! I Wanted To Continue Our Theme Of Focusing On A Few Of Groups From Up North By Spotlighting The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf Of Burlington, Vermont. It Is Certainly Colder In New England These Days And Homelessness And Hunger Don’t Shy Away When The Weather Gets Rough. Through The Efforts Of The Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf, The Hungry And Homeless Are Able To Warm Up To A Hot Meal Filled With Some Extra TLC. Under The Direction Of Rob Meehan And His Amazing Staff, Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf Gives Back To Not Only Immediate Community But To The Surrounding Areas As Well. This Wonderful Organization Is Located At 228 North Winooski Drive, Burlington, VT And Can Be Reached By phone At: (802) 658-7939.

Our flagship program is our food shelf, where we provide a monthly five-day supply of groceries to families in need. We also offer fresh produce and bread three days per week. Providing a wide variety of nutritional and easy-to-make food has long been a priority for CEFS, and it continues to be a challenge that we strive to meet“. From Their Website http://www.feedingchittenden.org

So Far, The Journey Has Taken Each And Every One Us Various Places Throughout The US, And Tonight We Make Stop #33 In Beautiful Duluth, Minnesota. I Know What Your Saying, “Matt, It’s The Dead Of Winter, Why Are We Going Up North?”. The Answer Is Simple, The Folks At Second Harvest – Northern Lakes Are Doing A Fantastic Job And It Just Couldn’t Go Unnoticed. With That Being Noted, I’d Like To Focus For Just A Few Minutes On What They Do. They Are The Largest Food Bank That Services The Northeastern Minnesota And Northwestern Wisconsin’s Hungry And Homeless Each And Every Day. Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank Is Located At 4503 Airpark Blvd., Duluth, Minnesota, 55811. They Can Be Reached By Phone At (218) 727-5653.

We access national and regional food and non-food donations from major manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and growers for distribution to 140 NE Minnesota and NW Wisconsin non-profit agencies. Food shelves, soup kitchens, shelters, after school youth programs, senior nutrition sites, homes for the mentally and physically disabled, and other qualifying non-profit programs access food from our food bank program. We also rescue locally produced perishable food from Duluth and Superior hospitals, schools, restaurants, caterers and retail grocery stores for distribution to qualifying on-site meal programs. ServSafe® staff and refrigerated trucks ensure the safety of the perishable food from donor to recipient“. – From Their Website – http://www.northernlakesfoodbank.org

Hey Readers And Fans !!! I Just Wanted To Say Thank You For Supporting Hatter & Beanz During Our First Full Month Being Published. It’s Been One Heck Of Journey, And As We Move Forward I’d Ask That All Of You Comment On The Blog Itself From Time To Time. We’ve Had Some Great Posts And Awesome Highlights, And We Look Forward To Providing As Much Detail As Possible Regarding The Ways You Can Give Back. That Being Said I’ve List All The Soup Kitchens We’ve Featured And Not Only Their Links But The Blog Post Links For Reference As Well. Enjoy Your Day.

  1. Jan. 1st 2010 – Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen – Huntsville, AL – Shelter Spotlight #1
  2. Jan. 2nd 2010 – The Queens Galley – Kingston, NY – Shelter Spotlight #2
  3. Jan. 3rd 2010 – Monroe Community Kitchen – Bloomington, IN – Shelter Spotlight #3
  4. Jan. 4th 2010 – The Seeds Of Hope Food Pantry– Parma Heights, OH – Shelter Spotlight #4
  5. Jan. 5th 2010 – Open Door Community – Atlanta, GA – Shelter Spotlight #5
  6. Jan. 6th 2010 – The Hoboken Shelter – Hoboken, NJ – Shelter Spotlight #6
  7. Jan. 7th 2010 – The Healing Place – Louisville, KY – Shelter Spotlight #7
  8. Jan. 8th 2010 – Homestead Soup Kitchen – Homestead, FL – Shelter Spotlight #8
  9. Jan. 9th 2010 – Cathedral Kitchen – Camden, NJ – Shelter Spotlight #9
  10. Jan. 10th 2010 – Jubilee Women’s Center – Seattle, WA – Shelter Spotlight #10
  11. Jan. 11th 2010 – The Alpha Project – San Diego, CA – Shelter Spotlight #11
  12. Jan. 12th 2010 – The Nasua Soup Kitchen – Nashua, NH – Shelter Spotlight #12
  13. Jan. 13th 2010 – The Shepherds Table – Raleigh, NC – Shelter Spotlight #13
  14. Jan. 14th 2010 – The Capuchin Soup Kitchen – Detroit, MI – Shelter Spotlight #14
  15. Jan. 15th 2010 – St. Matthew’s House – South Naples, FL – Shelter Spotlight #15
  16. Jan. 16th 2010 – City Union Mission – Kansas City, MO – Shelter Spotlight #16
  17. Jan. 17th 2010 – Bethlehem House – Conway, AR – Shelter Spotlight #17
  18. Jan. 18th 2010 – UMOM New Day Center – Mesa, AZ – Shelter Spotlight #18
  19. Jan. 19th 2010 – Catholic Charities – Alexandria, VA – Shelter Spotlight #19
  20. Jan. 20th 2010 – Pauls Place – Baltimore, MD – Shelter Spotlight #20
  21. Jan. 21st 2010 – Someone Cares Kitchen – Costa Mesa, CA – Shelter Spotlight #21
  22. Jan. 22nd 2010 – Muncie Mission – Muncie, IN – Shelter Spotlight #22
  23. Jan. 23rd 2010 – Open Pantry Community – Springfield, MA – Shelter Spotlight #23
  24. Jan. 24th 2010 – The Samaritan Inn – McKinney, TX – Shelter Spotlight #24
  25. Jan. 25th 2010 – Holy Family Church – Columbus, OH – Shelter Spotlight #25
  26. Jan. 26th 2010 – Poverello Center – Missoula, MT – Shelter Spotlight #26
  27. Jan. 27th 2010 – El Caldito Soup Kitchen – Las Cruces, NM – Shelter Spotlight #27
  28. Jan. 28th 2010 – Idaho Falls COC – Idaho Falls, ID – Shelter Spotlight #28
  29. Jan. 29th 2010 – St. Lukes Church – New York, NY – Shelter Spotlight #29
  30. Jan. 30th 2010 – The Potters Wheel – Evansville, IN – Shelter Spotlight #30
  31. Jan. 31st 2010 – Bread Of Life – Augusta, ME – Shelter Spotlight #31

Have Fun Catching Up With Our Previous Posts. Enjoy Your Week Folks !!!

Good Evening Ladies & Gentlemen! Tonight Is Yet Another Milestone For Hatter & Beanz As We Wrap Up The First Month Of Our Twelve Month Campaign. Most Of You Are Watching The Grammy Awards Or The NFL Pro Bowl But When You Get A Chance We Ask That You Take 5 Or 10 Minutes And Read Not Only Tonight’s Post But The Last Thirty One Posts We’ve Published Since January 1st, 2010. On This Thirty First Day, We’d Like To Journey To New England And Head Off To Augusta, Maine. Why So North, You Ask? Well Sometimes We Need A Change, And That’s Exactly What Bread Of Life Ministries Of Augusta, Maine Is Doing. They Are Simply Changing Peoples Lives For The Better. Whether They Are Hungry Or Homeless, Bread Of Life Ministries Is Offering Up Their Services, And On Average They Serve Nearly 35,000 Meals Annually. The Bread Of Life Ministries Soup Kitchen Is Located At 157 Water Street, Augusta, Maine 04332.

Bread of Life Ministries is a non-profit, inter-denominational Christian charitable ministry, founded in September, 1984 by Carolyn Neighoff and several other dedicated people from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. They joined together and opened the soup kitchen at 157 Water Street, where it remains today. In 1986, the emergency homeless shelter on Hospital Street was opened. Mr. Roger Gould, a member of Green Street United Methodist Church, created a wheat emblem for us, and that emblem now appears at the top of all our stationary, cards, and banners“. – From Their Website – http://www.mainebreadoflife.org

Hello My Fellow Readers, I Hope You All Have Had A Very Good Week Thus Far. Big Things Going On All Across The Country, President Obama Gave His First State Of The Union Address, ESPN’s Winter X Games Began This Evening, And We Are Five Whole Days Away From Groundhog Day. WooHoo! Better Yet, I’ve Got Another Wonderful Post And This Time It Comes From Idaho Falls, Idaho. The Idaho Falls Community Outreach Center Offers A Hot A Hearty Meal To Anyone In Need And Has Averaged About 14,000 Meals A Year Since 2006. The Soup Kitchen Is Open Monday To Saturday From 12 Noon Until About 1:00PM. The Idaho Falls Community Outreach Center Is Located At 301 South Boulevard, Idaho Falls, Idaho 83401.

The Community Outreach Center started as a dream shared by several members of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, who worked in the Soup Kitchen in the basement of that same building. We wanted to move the Soup Kitchen to a bigger, more accessible location that just happened to be next door. At about the same time in 2002, the two Episcopal churches were making plans to merge, so it was a perfect time to sell the St. Mark’s building, buy the neighboring MPCU building and give the Soup Kitchen a new home. In 2003 that is exactly what happened. And since there was so much extra room, we invited four other charities to share the space at no charge. With this development, a new Board of Directors was formed to run the newly named Community Outreach Center. A facility dedicated to housing social service charities free of charge, so that they could use their meager funds on their very important missions“. – From Their Website – http://www.ifoutreach.org