From Captain Sarah Kravits:
On a chilly, rainy Tuesday night, Shomrei’s MESH cafe provided a warm welcome to 15 guests. Chefs Sarah Steindel and Sarita Eisenberg worked with captain Sarah Kravits to make it a “team of Sarahs” night. Sarah and Sarita prepared a tasty meal of a mixed multicolor salad, buttered bread, Dijon chicken breasts, potato spinach casserole, and roasted carrots and broccoli, with fruit salad, wafers, and chocolate covered pretzels for dessert. Kudos to our chefs for repurposing potatoes and spinach that were in the refrigerator.
We had help in and out of the kitchen from Robert Faulkner and Susan Rosenblatt, MESH intern Veronica, Yale student Leonard, Amalia representing Shomrei teens, and Teddy representing Montclair HS. MESH staffers Adrienne, Bonny, and Joe kept everything running like clockwork. Because we had a slightly smaller group — as Joe said, this often happens when it rains and people are less likely to come out — there was enough food to feed the volunteers and to provide generous takeout containers for several guests who asked for them.
Thanks to everyone involved, for once again performing this essential mitzvah with an extra dose of love and caring.
To help out with MESH, go to: shomrei.org/volunteer
MESH in dire financial straits.
This past winter MESH (the parent organization) began opening its overnight respite doors when temperatures were 32 degrees which increased its service count to capacity and beyond nightly. The success of MESH’s respite service unfortunately has nearly depleted its operating funds for 2017. Please consider contributing to the MESH 32 campaign by making a donation of $32 dollars or more to help MESH continue to provide overnight respite services for those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity in our community. Donations can be made via the MESH website or by check payable to MESH, Inc. PO Box 1919 Montclair, New Jersey 07042.
Note: MESH contributions made to Shomrei fund the food purchases for the MESH Cafe at Shomrei. The organization behind it all is MESH (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless).