St. Ann’s/St. John’s Outreach Center, a diocesan run facility, is located in the south end of Albany. One of their many services is Welcome Table which is held each Tuesday and Saturday. On the 2nd Tuesday of each month, St. Edward’s provides a full course meal for 200-250 people. We are responsible for planning a menu, shopping for the food, cooking the meal, and serving it once each month. Currently we have 50 volunteers in this ministry.
On the Monday previous to serving day, a group gathers in St. Edward’s kitchen to begin food prep. On Tuesday we meet at St. Edward’s, car-pool, and transport the food to Albany. There we complete the food prep, set up tables, serve the meal restaurant style, and clean up.
Our day begins in church at 9:30 am and we are back by 2:30 pm. The work is very physical; therefore, volunteers usually chose to be cooks at church or servers in Albany. Those of us who serve feel a great deal of gratification from our work and sometimes wonder who has gained the most from this experience….those we serve or ourselves.
For more information please contact Dolores Bobersky 383-2044