The Heart of the Home
By Lucy Hackett
Jo Nell Muth, Foodservice Manager, shares how she feels about her job at the Mission. “I feel passionate about my job because God has given me the responsibility to do His work. Being able to serve a hot meal to those who need it and see a smile on their faces makes me feel happy inside. A lot of the guests say thank you and really appreciate what we serve them.”
The kitchen family care and pray for one another and when one of them goes through something Jo Nell shares it affects all of them. They also get to fellowship with the volunteers and feel like they are extended family. There are 6 staff members in the kitchen and usually 2-4 volunteers on a daily basis. Sometimes more volunteers come when they have groups come to set up and serve. Around 6-8 residents help depending on how full the program is.
Warm food is served every day, such as chicken, stuffed peppers, mashed potatoes, veggies, and cut desserts. It varies depending on what is donated and then purchased to complete the meals. All this work is done by staff, volunteers, and residents in the kitchen or as we like to think of it, The Heart of the Home. The food we serve is central to our helping our guests.
We are thankful to everyone who helps make the Mission’s work possible. Haven of Rest Mission appreciates our supporters for sharing their compassion with our residents and guests. We continue to need food donations and if you would like to help, feel free to donate at the Food Donation Dock where you ring the doorbell in the back of the Mission building at 175. E. Market St. Another option is to donate food at the Donation Drive-thru at the rear of the Client Services Center on 207 E. Market Street. Hours are Mon. – Fri.: 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sat.: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and closed Sunday.