A Sanctuary In Time Of Need
302-652-8278 • fax: 302-652-8641
Prior to your turn to prepare Breakfast:
Friendship House will confirm the date and how many quiches to make. Depending on the time of month, numbers may vary.
Each Friday Friendship House will re-supply the kitchen with whatever supplies are needed. It should be noted, however, that you are expected to provide your own eggs, milk, and cheese. In the interest of simplicity and cleanliness, Friendship House requests you stick to the basic Sunday menu.
Saturday Afternoon: Meet at the church of Saint Andrew & Matthew (719 N. Shipley St.) between 3:30 and 4:00 pm to prepare the quiche. If the doors are still locked when you arrive, check the red Andrew's Place door in the back of the church on Orange Street.
Normal Saturday afternoon preparation entails:
Sunday Morning: By 5:30 AM someone from Friendship House arrives to open the church, plug in the coffee urns and put the quiches in the oven. The homeless are admitted immediately and often assist with setup. On the way to church, the Friendship House staff member picks up the donuts at Dunkin Donuts on Dupont Highway. Between 7:00 and 7:15 the volunteers arrive. On a normal Sunday there are around six to eight volunteers.
Between 7:00 and 7:30, the following preparations need to be completed:
The homeless begin their breakfast with coffee, tea and donuts. At least one volunteer should be around the donut table to keep it supplied. Another should stay near the coffee urn keeping this station supplied with cups, creamer and tea. Spills should be cleaned up before they are tracked across the room.
Between 7:15 and 7:30 AM, the quiches should be done. When the quiches, juice and fruit are ready to be served, everyone is asked to be seated for grace. We wait for the hall to come to silence and then one of the guest or volunteers leads us in prayer. After the grace, breakfast is served: first the fruit followed by quiche and juice. The guests are served at their tables. Until everyone has been served, no one gets more than one piece of quiche. If there is extra, people can come back for seconds.
By 8:00 clean up can begin. At least one volunteer is needed to scrub pans. Several others can begin wiping off the tables and chairs and collecting the trash. During cleanup the homeless are invited to participate in a brief prayer service in the Sts. Andrew & Matthew chapel. Latecomers are welcome to whatever leftovers remain, but this should not prevent the volunteers from completing their cleanup. Extra pieces of quiche should be wrapped in foil and distributed to those who wish to eat them later. There is seldom food left.
ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, CALL FRIENDSHIP HOUSE CONTACTS.
Bill Perkins, Executive Director, 652-8133 (office), 559-5716 (cell phone)
Roxane Blake, Breakfast Coordinator, 652-8133 (office), 633 -6229 (home)