Hey Folks, Happy Wednesday !! Welcome To Another Edition Of Shelter Spotlight. Today Our Year Long Journey Takes To The Wonderful City Of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Located In The Heart Of Las Cruces Is The El Caldito Soup Kitchen Where Nearly 60,000 Wonderful People Are Served Each Year. The El Caldito Soup Kitchen, Under The Guidance Of Gabe Chavez, Provides Hot Meals For The Hungry Of Las Cruces And The Surrounding Areas. The El Caldito Soup Kitchen Is Located At 999 West Amador, Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005. They Can Be Reached By At (575) 525-3831.

Our mission is to prepare and serve meals free of charge to individuals, children and families without regard to race, creed, gender, ages, sexual orientation, handicap, religion, veteran status, income, or national origin. El Caldito provides a complete, nourishing meal, using available provisions, to all who come to our door. Hunger and need are our only criteria. A hot prepared meal is served every weekday (Monday through Friday) from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. and a carry-out sack lunch on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to noon. The soup kitchen opens at 8:30 during the week and 9 a.m. on Saturday to prepare meals and process donated foods“. – From Their Website – http://www.elcaldito.com/ 

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Howdy Folks And Happy Tuesday !!! Today Is All About Numbers. It’s Officially Our 50th Post On Hatter & Beanz (insert applause here). Secondly, We’re Getting Numerically Crazy Today. That’s Right We’re Featuring A Shelter That Managed To Fill Over 21,000 Different Volunteer Shifts In 2008, And Nearly 25,000 In 2009. That’s Pretty Darn Good If You Ask Me. Not Only Has This Shelter Put Up Those Numbers, But They’ve Averaged Nearly 12,000 Hot Meals A Year Through Their Soup Kitchen Each Of The Last Five Years. WOW! Anyone Know Who I’m Talking About? The Answer Is The Poverello Center, Inc. Of Missoula, Montana. The Poverello Center, Inc. Serves The Greater Missoula Area And Is Located At 535 Ryman Street In Missoula, MT 59802. They Can Be Reached By Phone By Calling (406) 728-1809.

The Poverello Center operates transitional housing facilities for homeless families, The Joseph Residence, and for homeless veterans, The Valor House, as well as a daytime, drop-in center for the chronically homeless, The Salcido Center. Clients of all programs represent the homeless, working-poor, disabled, mentally ill, elderly, veterans, families, runaways, children, and folks struggling with substance abuse recovery. Nonviolence, gentle personalism, and the community organizing model are the ideals which inform all actions and decisions at the Pov.  It is understood that all individuals are equally worthy, that no one has a monopoly on the truth, and that we have much to learn from one another. There is a consistent refusal to participate in or condone any act of violence, any act of harm or humiliation, including sexism or racism. All violence is interrupted and attempts are made to resolve conflicts with respect. The Pov recognizes, nurtures, and celebrates community by building relationships through its programs, special events, and outreach.  The Pov continually raises public awareness of homelessness at local, state and national levels through education and advocacy programs designed for policy-makers, community and business leaders, other homeless service organizations, students, news media, and the general public“. – From Their Website – http://www.thepoverellocenter.com

Hey Folks, it’s day #8 of Operation:365 and boy are we growing in size and scope. Today, I want you to reflect for a moment, and imagine a world without your Blackberry, iPhones, Facebook, Twitters, and CNN. I want you to imagine what it would be like without Fox News, without ESPN and maybe without a vast food choice you get to normally have each night at dinner. I want you to think about what you can do for maybe an hour out of your week, to help someone less fortunate. Maybe give them a bag lunch, or help them cross the street, or even take them to a doctor, but let it be something because to them no matter what, it’s worth the effort.

Todays “Shelter Spotlight” is going to focus on a great soup kitchen in Homestead, FL. The Homestead Soup Kitchen has served about 800,000 meals since 1984, and continues to grow with each and every service. Guided by Ms. Juanita Smith, Homestead Soup Kitchen serves the surrounding communities by offering hot meals and comfort to those who are in need. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such drive and commitment displayed by a Board of Directors in my many years in the financial services marketplace. Homestead Soup Kitchen is located at 105 SW 3rd Ave, Homestead, Florida 33090 and, can be reached at (305) 245-7448.

“It is the mission of the Homestead Soup Kitchen to serve those members of our community in need of a hot meal, regardless of circumstances. By having a “no questions asked” policy, the Soup Kitchen provides in excess of 700 meals a week to people and families of the Greater Homestead/Florida City area and beyond”. – From Their Website – http://www.homesteadsoupkitchen.com