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A few weeks ago, we posted a message on our Facebook page:
One of our guests has just been offered a nursing job, but can't start until he has a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff, and glucometer with test strips for the home visits he'll be doing. Do you have any of these items that you'd be willing to part with to help our guest get back on his feet?
Many people probably think of Miriam's Kitchen as a "soup kitchen."
But if you know us well (or perhaps read our Executive Director's recent interview in Washington Life) you know that term doesn't quite capture the depth or quality of our services.
What it also doesn't capture is our commitment to creating a better community here in Washington, DC.
We strive to be good neighbors and believe that part of our responsibility includes ensuring we are kind to our environment.
The 3rd week in April is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and we can't wait to celebrate the important volunteer work you do for our community.
We hope you'll join us for at least one of the fun events we're planning to thank you for your invaluable contributions to Miriam's Kitchen (full list of awesomeness here).
But in case you can't, we've compiled 5 of the reasons we think you're one of the greatest volunteers around:
Will you join us on Thursday, May 10th from 6-9:30 pm for a Roadtrip Across America benefitting our guests?
Five weeks from today, we'll be at the National Building Museum hosting our signature gala, 100 Bowls of Compassion.This year, our theme is Roadtrip Across America.
The Mayor released his budget last Friday, and unfortunately we don't have much good news regarding funding to programs that affect our guests.
In total, the Mayor's proposed budget included approximately $103 million in expenditure cuts, including a $7 million cut to the homeless services budget. It is unclear at this time how this cut will affect city-funded services, and so we are currently talking with the Department of Human Services to get a better sense of how they intend to respond to the proposed cuts.
Roasted Salmon with Coffee BBQ Sauce
Prep Time: 30 minutes
1.5 lbs. salmon with skin
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
2 c. lightly brewed coffee (mild blend, light roast)
1/4 nutmeg, whole and grated
1/2 chile de arbol (or other dry, hot chili)
6 cloves, whole
1/3 c. sugar
1 tsp. salt + some to taste
pepper to taste
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
The 3rd week in April is National Volunteer Appreciation Week and we're busy preparing a fun week of events to celebrate you. (Of course, we hope you know that we appreciate you year-round).
Each day, we feel the energy, compassion, dedication and fun that you bring to Miriam's Kitchen. That's why we're so excited to have a week dedicated just to celebrating you.
But, we're not the only ones who think you're great. Our guests do too: 'They must receive [volunteer] training in heartwarming! They're all 10s in my book!'
What better way to celebrate today's beautiful weather than by doing a little spring cleaning?!
Today we're busy cleaning out our closets and thought that if perhaps you were doing the same, we'd share some of our favorite secrets to make your 'donate' pile even more helpful.
In-kind donations are critical to the work we do, and you've provided our guests with the items they need most. Your support has been invaluable, and we truly couldn't meet the basic needs of our guests without your help.
But sometimes, we get donations that we can't use.
DC Mayor Vincent Gray is currently finalizing his proposed city budget for fiscal year 2013. Now is the time for us to let him know that we want to make DC a comfortable place for all people to live.
We're joining forces with the Fair Budget Coalition and their Make One City Possible campaign, and are calling and emailing Mayor Gray today to let him know that we need his help to ensure our guests have the resources they need to survive.
Over the past few months, we've been talking about permanent supportive housing as the solution to ending chronic homelessness.
Over the next few months, we'd like to begin exploring WHY we believe permanent supportive housing is the solution.