Needed Items:

  • sour cream and yogurt sized containers (for take out food)
  • lunch snacks for school program (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding, peanut free granola bars, individually packaged cookies and crackers and cheese)
  • decaf coffee, salad dressings (especially caesar), salad toppings (olives, beets, dried cranberries, shelled sunflower seeds, etc.)
  • desserts for Friday dinners

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The three basic needs at the Friday Night Community

As we continue to be reminded each and every week, Friday Night Community is about so much more than the meal.  One of our newer volunteers shared an excerpt from M.F.K. Fisher, which is a beautiful reflection on what we are about.  “It seems to me that our three basic needs, for food and security and love, are so mixed and mingled and entwined that we cannot straightly think of one without the others.  So it happens that when I write of hunger, I am really writing about love and the hunger for it, and warmth and the love of it and the hunger for it…and then the warmth and richness and fine reality of hunger satisfied…and it is all one.”

Thank you to Rotary Lakeshore for their ongoing support and for coming to help prepare and serve Friday’s meal to many friends in the community.  We enjoyed the mental health presentation by Bonnie Jean Barlow who shared about her personal experiences with loss and grief.  Bonnie expressed that “you have permission to feel exactly what you are feeling and you don’t have to get over it.”  Thank you to the Joseph Brant Mental Health Consumer Advisory Committee for the wisdom and guidance that help so many to unpack and feel supported when dealing with mental health challenges.  

Most Needed Items: 

*snacks for children’s lunches (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding, peanut free granola bars, individually wrapped cheese and crackers and cookies, etc.)

*yogurt, sour cream and black take out containers for take home food

*lemonade & iced tea crystals, hot chocolate mix

*decaf coffee

*wool for afternoon Hub

*small disposable plates (no styrofoam) for afternoon Hub

*hotel sized shampoo, body wash, etc.

*salad bar toppings (beets, olives, pickles, seeds, Craisins, etc.)

*gently used/newer running shoes for adults/children 

*Queen sized mattress cover

*diapers size 4-6, pull-ups size 4-6

*rain and snow stroller covers for infant

*living room/bedroom end tables & lamps 

*small chest freezer for apartment

*larger crock pots

*kitchen pots/frying pans

*curtain rods

*plus sizes of winter coats

*men’s and women’s winter boots sizes 9 and up

So much more at the Friday Night Community

In the midst of celebrating and ringing in the New Year with our Friday Night Community friends, we are reminded that we are so much more than a healthy meal and place to tap into needed resources.  For some we are their family.  This was evident in the midst of losing our friend Ray just before Christmas.  This Thursday at 11:00 we will gather as a community to give him the final send off that he so deserves.  Regardless of where we have come from and what we have done, Friday Night Community is a place of acceptance and unconditional love…right up until the end when God calls us home.  Ray will be missed by many and he is in our thoughts and prayers this week.

Most Needed Items: 

*snacks for children’s lunches (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding, peanut free granola bars, individually wrapped cheese and crackers and cookies, etc.)

*yogurt, sour cream and black take out containers for take home food

*lemonade & iced tea crystals, hot chocolate mix

*decaf coffee

*wool for afternoon Hub

*small disposable plates (no styrofoam) for afternoon Hub

*hotel sized shampoo, body wash, etc.

*salad bar toppings (beets, olives, pickles, seeds, Craisins, etc.)

*gently used/newer running shoes for adults/children 

*Queen sized mattress cover

*diapers size 4-6, pull-ups size 4-6

*rain and snow stroller covers for infant

*book cases (lighter and gently used)

*storage shelves for indoors (gently used)

*plus sizes of winter coats

*men’s and women’s winter boots sizes 9 and up

Wanting to give back to the Friday Night Community

One of our friends came to us with an offer to help folks put together and file their taxes.  She has experience in this area and is trying to find a way to help others and give back for all that she receives.  As her eyes welled up with tears she shared, “ I have run into financial difficulties and this place has meant the world to me. It is a place I can come and not be judged.”  We strive to be a place and space where friends can come and be accepted for exactly who they are.  Many enjoy joining in at the afternoon Hub to play games, share the challenges of the week and connect in with those who care. We are saddened about the loss of our friend Ray, who loved to share time with so many who he considered to be his family.  Arrangements are being made to celebrate the life of our dear friend.

We look forward to ringing in the New Year with our Friday Night Community family this coming week.  We are collecting any unopened boxes of chocolates, cookies or candy left over from your holiday parties for our New Year’s raffle.

Most Needed Items: 

*holiday chocolate, candies and cookies (by Jan. 3)

*snacks for children’s lunches (fruit cups, apple sauce, pudding, peanut free granola bars, individually wrapped cheese and crackers and cookies, etc.)

*yogurt, sour cream and black take out containers for take home food

*lemonade & iced tea crystals, hot chocolate mix

*decaf coffee

*glass measuring cups for baking

*wool for afternoon Hub

*small disposable plates (no styrofoam) & fun napkins for the Hub

*hotel sized shampoo, body wash, etc.

*salad bar toppings (beets, olives, pickles, seeds, Craisins, etc.)

*gently used/newer running shoes for adults/children 

*Queen sized mattress covers

*diapers size 4-5, pull-ups size 4-5

*rain and snow stroller covers for infant

*living room & bedside lamps (gently used)

*book cases (lighter and gently used)

*storage shelves for indoors (gently used)

*warm comforters/blankets/sleeping bags of all sizes (gently used and clean)

*plus sizes of winter coats *men’s and women’s winter boots sizes 9 and up