Bread & Roses
Bread and Roses
Dave Gilbert, Coordinator
Thursdays 4:30pm to 6:00pm
On the menu this Thursday, February 15: Swedish Meatballs
We serve a wide range of people from elderly, to singles, to young families. It is a meal of fellowship for the community. The joy of Bread and Roses is that all are welcome. There is no sign-up nor sign-in sheet. Park in the parking lot on 9th street, go down sidewalk on right side of church take steps to the left as you enter the door; or if you need handicap accessibility, park on 10th street & use ramp, go down the elevator or stairway to the hallway which leads to the Fellowship Hall, find an empty chair at the table, and enjoy the delicious home cooked food. There is never a request for donation from meal participants.
The original Bread and Roses program was started in 1986 and held at St. Paul's Episcopal church. One of the founders was Rev. Fred Himmerich, then pastor at St. Paul's and the dinners were discontinued several years upon his retirement. His goal and our goal is to help people in the community by giving them an opportunity for socializing and providing a network for help.
The Social Concerns Committee at Immanuel recognized the urgent need in the community to restart this program. After researching and communicating this project for one year with Fred Himmerich, the Clergy Round Table and other agencies, it was decided to ask the church council for Immanuel to undertake this project in the fellowship hall.
A mass mailing to local businesses, churches and community organizations resulted in a very positive response. Consequently on January 14, 1999 the first dinner was served to 29 people. Each week the attendance increased to a high of 96. In three years we have grown to the highest number of served meals to 165. On May 21, 2015 Jean Kwapil & Judy Hoffstetter served their last meal at Bread & Roses. Once again, Bread & Roses was blessed to find another volunteer, Dave Gilbert, to take over preparing meals.
The community provides monetary donations and volunteers. We currently have 26 different groups from various churches, businesses and fraternal organizations that rotate to help prepare, serve and clean up. Desserts, salads and milk are just some items that each group provides each week. Most of the meat is purchased by funds that have been donated.
The Food Pantry has expanded their hours from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. every Thursday so that people who work a little later have an opportunity to use the Food Pantry, when otherwise it would have been closed.
If you have never helped at Bread and Roses, please consider volunteering. It is a very rewarding time and something we can all be proud of that we offer this service.