NEWS FROM FEBRUARY 2019
Blessings continue into the New year for the Light House Café! February 1st began with the 10th Annual Great Charity Challenge presented by Fidelity Investments® held at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington. This incredible event distributes over $1 million to local non-profits! The applying charities that participate in the exhilarating relay style equestrian jumping competition are chosen through a random selection in the weeks leading up to the event. Several years back, we were one of the selected charities! While we were not chosen this year, we were happy to attend the event and cheer on the other non-profits throughout our community.
On February 13, I attended the workshop “Developing Organizational Skills” held by the Quantum Foundation. This very informative and useful workshop provided me with valuable tips on how to be better organized. Then on February 21st, Chef Paula Kendrick & Melanie Mason from the Florida Department of Agriculture Food Recovery Program prepared an amazing roasted cabbage, cucumber, & radish salad that our patrons enjoyed for lunch! A huge thank you to Roth Farms & Heritage Farms Produce LLC for donating the delicious produce. These ladies also delivered an impressive demonstration of this delicious recipe for the moms of Ella’s Closet. We are grateful for this visit and welcome Paula and Melanie back anytime!
Over the last few weeks, we have also achieved wonderful accomplishments with our “helping hand” goals. Our first success story involves assisting one of our patrons in moving into a better apartment. We helped them with the application process, as well as completing the process to get the water and lights turned on. Another “helping hand” story was when we were able to provide another patron with a ride to a doctors appointment in Wellington. We are grateful to have the opportunity to extend additional care and kindness to those in need and thank everyone who contributes to making this possible!
During the month of February, we served: 1,015 breakfasts; 2,560 lunches in the dining room; 926 lunches delivered to sick & shut-in patrons; and 1,092 snacks for the children in the Life Center after-school program. This is all possible because of the ongoing support of our community! A special thanks to the FFA students, the South Florida Fair, and the buyers who donated the pork from four hogs to us. We are so appreciative of this gift! Another thank you to the Shepard School in Pahokee for their delicious donation of cookies. Our patrons certainly enjoyed this special treat! Last but not least, we are excited to share that we were able to place an order for double commercial propane gas ovens! This improvement will allow us to cook more efficiently and better serve those in need.
As always, we ask that you please keep the Light House Café in your prayers. Thank you for your ongoing support and love.
Martha Lynn Weeks