From Captain Alex Kent:
It was a wild and crazy MESH night this past Tuesday when, unbeknownst to the volunteer crew, the MESH guests were slated to dine in the Sukkah.
Everyone rose to the occasion, even though at times it was a bit of a Chinese fire drill with plates of food being ferried up and down the stairs and in the elevator. The MESH staff assured us the guests wanted to eat in the Sukkah, despite the 60 degree weather.
The Lasiter family (John, Adrienne, and Elliott) stepped up with a delicious down home meal of pita chips and hummus, BBQ chicken, roasted potatoes, and cole slaw, rolls and spread, topped off with brownies and ice cream. Teen helpers included Glenfield student Jonah, and Montclair High’s Noah. Susan Rosenblatt washed a big stack of dishes. We all got a work out going up and down the stairs! Bonny from MESH and Joseph on security rounded out the crew.
In the end, I think the 29 guests enjoyed the change of scenery and the opportunity to dine at smaller tables in the festive atmosphere.
The Carol Starr MESH Cafe at Shomrei (Montclair Emergency Services for the Homeless) is a cooperative effort between the MESH organization and local synagogues and churches. Volunteers at each institution cook and serve hearty, nutritious meals for the hungry. Shomrei’s turn is on Tuesday nights. A good meal, and perhaps as important, social interaction and companionship offer respite to those who need it. Please help fulfill this crucial mitzvah by volunteering.
To sign up to help, go to shomrei.org/mesh.