Honoring 35 Years

By Volunteer Coordinator Emily Coleman

It's time for the third and final installment of this series honoring our longest-serving meal provider volunteers! This month, we highlight Moreland Presbyterian Church, who has been serving monthly meals since 1975.

"One of our congregation members, Alice Postell, who is now deceased, got the whole church behind this beautiful ministry that continues today," says Kathy Stromvig, Moreland's Director of Children and Family Ministries. "Our social groups within the church took it on, and for quite a while each Mariners group rotated months to serve."

Moreland Presbyterian ChurchIn recent years, in addition to the Moreland Presbyterian Mariners groups (social and service clubs), other groups have started participating in this project as well, such as the youth group and Bible study groups. Moreland Presbyterian Church's meal providing efforts are coordinated by Joyce Bischoff, who recruits cooks and servers each month to take on the task of preparing and serving the meal for 90 at the Glisan Center.

 "Helping the homeless was one that gave the church much satisfaction, and continues to be one of our most important charities," Bischoff says. "The church has a number of wonderful cooks, so it hasn't been difficult to come up with meals. Our church has groups and individuals who are happy to come forward with their commitment."

"It's not only the preparation of the meals that leaves us with a feeling of goodwill, but the chance to mingle with those less fortunate, and receive their heartfelt thanks when a meal is delivered," she adds. "This mission puts a smile on everyone's face!"

Thanks to all of the volunteers from Moreland Presbyterian Church for their decades of service, and to all of our meal provider volunteers.

For more information about our meal provider program, email volunteer@tprojects.org, or call 503-823-4926 x4.

Success at Soup for the Soul

The first annual Soup for the Soul event was a smash hit. Over a hundred people gathered at Urban Studio on February 24th to sample some amazing soups and raise funds for the work of Transition Projects.

Paul Linnman emceed the event, joined onstage by Commissioner Nick Fish, Executive Director Doreen Binder, and Bud Clark. Thanks to our Chris Hunterspecial guest chefs - Aaron Barnett of St Jack, Chris Hunter of Circa 33, North 45 and Paddy's, Kevin Kennedy of Pearl Catering, Andy Ricker of Ping, Pok Pok, and the Whiskey Soda Lounge, Michael Schultz of the Stafford, and Katy Millard of the Davis Street Tavern - and to everyone who came out for the event.

Also, a huge thank you goes to our event planning partners, Pearl Catering and Urban Studio, and all of our sponsors: Cupcake Jones, Delphina's Bakery, Housing Authority of Portland, Legacy Health, Le Cookie Monkey, Mich Nelson, Numark, The Party Place, Portland Patrol, Providence Health and Services, US Bank, Rosemary Stafford Floral Design, Walmart, and Widmer Brothers Brewery.

Hope to see you next February for Soup for the Soul 2012!

Save the Date!

Jean's Place Luncheon Coming Up

The date is set for the fourth annual Jean's Place Luncheon. Please join us at noon on Friday, May 6, for this wonderful event. This year's luncheon will be held at First Christian Church, on SW Broadway at Columbia.

This luncheon is our chance to share with you stories of the work we do, and how important Jean's Place has been in the lives of so many women. We hope you will join us for this year's Jean's Place Luncheon, and help us continue this much-needed work.