Though the cathedral’s doors are closed to the public, and with volunteering opportunities greatly impacted by the crisis, our connections to the outside world remain strong and vibrant. With dedicated coordination and creative problem solving, Dinner with Grace treated our friends at The Crosby and The Mentone to soul-soothing meals during this challenging time of social distancing. Read more in our most recent blog post.
Dinner with Grace is a collaborative ministry of Grace Cathedral, Episcopal Community Services and the formerly homeless living in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco. Dinner with Grace – through the preparation and sharing of a healthy meal – builds community, engenders empathy, ends isolation and combats loneliness for individuals transitioning out of homelessness and volunteers.
The mission of Dinner with Grace is simple yet transformative: bringing diverse people together to discover their common humanity, feeding hungry bodies and souls.
We cook dinner at the cathedral and alternate serving dinner at two locations: the Mentone Hotel at 387 Ellis St and the Crosby Hotel at 516 O’Farrell St, both located in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, within a mile of the cathedral.
We usually meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday/Wednesdays of each month with the exception of months with five Wednesdays, in which we then meet on the 3rd and 5th Tuesday/Wednesdays. Contact Nicole Stahl for more information.
Check out this great feature from KQED’s California Report around Thanksgiving 2013: Dinner with Grace and our blog posts which include sample menus and explain the process of putting together the dinners.
Dinner with Grace volunteers prepare and cook the meal on Tuesday and/or serve residents in their supportive housing on Wednesday. Newcomers are always welcome to join us in a supportive and fun environment!
We’re also currently recruiting volunteer lead chefs and drivers to fill out our rotation. The primary duties of this role include: menu planning, recipe scale-up and direction of the Tuesday night cooking crew. Some prior kitchen experience is necessary. We have resources and example recipes to share and support from previous volunteers in the role. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested and want to find out more. We’d love to hear from you!