I’m Sure We’re All Amazed By The Sights, Smells And Sounds DC Has To Offer But They Also Have Quite The Array Of Soup Kitchens. For Example, ThriveDC Operates One Of The Most Flourishing Kitchens In The Area. They Are Located At 1525 Newton Street NW, Washington, DC 20010.

Originally founded in 1979 as the Dinner Program for Homeless Women, Thrive DC is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to prevent and end homelessness by providing vulnerable individuals with a comprehensive range of services to help stabilize their lives. Thrive DC provides the last available safety net for people facing economic crisis and housing instability while also providing the first step towards independence for people experiencing extended periods of homelessness“. – http://www.thrivedc.org
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Good Evening Ladies & Gents! Tonight We Focus On A Place That’s Offering Shelter To Not Only The Homeless, But Rather To Those In Situations That Might Harmful To Themselves Or Even Others. Tonight We Are Going To Feature Compass House. Under The Direction Of Sylvia Nadler, Compass House Goes Beyond The Generic Definition Of Homelessness And Provides Opportunity To Those Who May Be Less Fortunate. Sometimes When We’re Going To And From Work We See The Man Playing His Guitar Or The Woman Walking With A Crutch, But Rarely Do We See A Child From An Unbearable Broken Home, Or A Child Literally Left For Dead By Unwanting Parents. For Those Children There Is A New Ray Of Hope And That Is The Compass House. The Compass House Is Located At 370 Linwood Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14209. They Can Be Reached By Phone (If During A Crisis) At: (716) 886-0935. If Calling During Normal Business Hours They Can Be Reached By (716) 886-1351.

Safe Place began in Louisville, Kentucky in 1983 as an outreach effort of the YMCA Center for Youth Alternatives. The Safe Place program began in response to the many calls to the shelter from young people who did not have a way to get there. As a result, many youth trying to cope with personal or family crisis situations never reached the shelter. To address this issue, Project Safe Place was developed, designating businesses and community buildings as locations where youth could easily access help. Its’ success has prompted the implementation of this youth shelter outreach program in 714 communities throughout the United States“. – From Their Website – http://www.compasshouse.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! Tonight, I Get To Go Back Home, And Feature A Local Soup Kitchen Of Sorts. When I Was Younger Lad, Roughly 3-4 Years Ago I Used Hang With My Fellow Irishmen In Times Square, New York City. Today, As A Much Older And Wiser Man, I Can Appreciate Some Of The Great People And Great Organizations NYC Has To Offer. One Of Those Groups Are The Folks Who Twice A Week Offer Up A Meal To Hungry And Homeless That Gather At Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church In New York City. The Soup Kitchen Is Open Every Tuesday And Thursday At 1:00PM. Saint Luke’s Is Located At 308 West 46th Street, New York, NY 10036.

Tradition tells us that Saint Luke was a physician, the author of the third Gospel.  As such he has been for centuries the patron saint of healing.  We invite all people to join us at Saint Luke’s Lutheran Church – The Lutheran Church of Times Square“. – From Their Website.

Today, I’d like to start by focusing on my home state. There’s a place called The Queens Galley located in Kingston, NY. For all you city folk, thats a quick hop,skip, and a jump on the Metro-North Railroad about 2 hours from Midtown. That being said, they are doing some really good things and teaming up with some major players to embrace a growing problem, and that problem as we know it, is HUNGER. There are thousands of people in this great state that don’t have the means to obtain food or a roof over their own head, for that The Queens Galley acts as an amazing resource. The Queens Galley is located at 254 Washington Ave. in Kingston, NY 12401. They can be reached via telephone at (845) 338-3468.

“The Queens Galley soup kitchen is open every day of the year, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to anyone seeking a meal. Each meal is prepared from scratch with the assistance of volunteer chefs, culinary students and professionals as well as dedicated community members. The Queens Galley soup kitchen enjoys a wonderful rapport with our local farms. We are especially grateful to Migliorelli farms, Phillies Bridge farm project, Hearty Roots, RSK farms, Bread Alone and Saulpaugh farm for their generosity during the growing season. Volunteers are always welcome! We begin cooking each day at 7:00am and continue through 7:00pm. There are openings for help during meal prep and service as well as openings after hours for clean up projects. Food drives and fundraisers are also welcomed at any time”! – from the website – http://www.queensgalley.org

Hey Folks, I’m glad the feedback and e-mail on “The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen” has been all very festive and all of it has been nothing but positive. That being said, my amazing and awesome partner in crime, Beanz, has given us our own little holiday cheer and set of goodies. After months of prying, asking , questioning and hoping, we’ve finally got the recipe. You guessed it, her super delicious Rainbow Cookies Recipe is here:

RAINBOW COOKIES
Ingredients: 
Cake:
12 Oz Almond Paste
3 Sticks Salted Butter (Room Temp.)
1 Cup Sugar
4 Eggs Separated
1 Tbsp Almond Extract
2 Cup Flour
Food Coloring 
Filling:
1 Large Seedless Raspberry Preserves (I use Polaner)
2 Tbsp Lemon Juice
2 Tbsp Orange Juice
2 Tbsp Vodka (Optional)
12 oz. bag Semi-Sweet Morsels
3- 9×13 Pans (shallow) 
1.    Break almond paste up into small pieces and then beat with egg yolks.
(I suggest using a stand mixer if you have one.  While working with the dough part you have to stop between steps and scrap down the sides to make sure everything gets combined.) 
2.    Add softened butter, sugar, and almond paste. Mix well.
3.    Slowly add flour and mix well.
4.    In a separate bowl beat egg whites and then fold into mixture.
5.    Divide mixture into 3 separate bowls and color each one in whatever color you want. 
Spray pans with cooking spray.  Spread each color in a separate pan. When you spread mix into pans you have to really stretch to get into the corners. 
Bake at 300 for around 20 minutes. Once the tops start to brown a little they are done. Let the layers cool for about 15 minutes on a wire rack so they come out easier.  
Put raspberry preserves, orange juice, lemon juice and vodka in a sauce pan over low heat until smooth.  
Flip the first layer onto a cutting board or flat serving platter and spread half of the warm raspberry mixture. Flip the second layer on top and do the same with the remaining preserves. Top with the final layer of cake. Cover with a piece of parchment or wax paper. Place cookie sheet on top and add some heavy pots and let sit for at least 1 hour. The warm jam will soak into the layers of cake and hold them together.  
Melt chocolate chips and spread onto top and sides of layers, and cover with chocolate sprinkles. Let it cool for about 10 minutes before cutting into 1” squares.  Don’t cut too soon though or the chocolate will run into the sides and ruin the rainbow.

Have A Wonderful Christmas Season !!!

-Hatter (& Beanz)

Hey Folks Happy Friday,

I’ve done some thinking and couldn’t wait until next week to tell you about our latest featured merchant. This week’s featured merchant is Angie’s List. Move over Craig, Angie’s List is coming to a town near you. The folks at Angie’s List note that “More than a million members use Angie’s List to find high quality service companies and health care professionals in over 450 categories. From plumbers and painters to dentists and dermatologists, reviews come directly from homeowners in your area”. The folks at Angie’s list can also be reached by phone at 877-556-3254. All you do is give them a call, and ask them to find what you are looking for. Just think it’s a 411 service that doesn’t charge you for directory assistance.

The other day I was looking for a bakery in my area and not only did Angie’s help me, they even gave me a rating for the Top 3 in the Southern region of Queens, NY. How about those apples, folks?  I hope you are enjoying your holiday season, only 14 more days until Christmas.

-Hatter