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Answering need everywhere
By Inés Merchán / September 30, 2015 /   Loading Disqus...
Welcome House is one of the few shelters and soup kitchens in South County. Our latest grant of $5,000 is just one component of our strategy to ensure that basic human needs like food and shelter are available no matter where the need occurs. 
Housed in a turn-of-the-century home on a busy corner near the former Palisades Mill in Peace Dale, the agency’s soup kitchen almost always gets by thanks to the support of a dependable group of local donors. While their generosity never wanes, sometimes the agency’s resources do run short. Our funding helps bridge those occasional gaps.
Welcome House accepts a wide variety of food items, including perishable and non-perishable items. The donations are crucial. Volunteers prepared approximately 14,000 meals in the facility's commercial-grade kitchen last year.
The free meals are a critical component of Welcome House’s community outreach efforts. Each day its kitchen serves 2-3 meals to a full-house of 17 shelter guests and another 20-30 meals to people who just drop by. For many individuals or families on the verge of becoming homeless, the soup kitchen is the point of entry into the agency’s programs, and their path to a brighter future.
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