Though volunteering opportunities at Grace remain impacted by the crisis, our connections to our community and our world remain strong and vibrant. With dedicated coordination and creative problem solving, Dinner with Grace continues in service to our friends at The Crosby and The Mentone during this challenging time in our community.
Dinner with Grace builds community, engenders empathy and combats loneliness. In non-Covid times, this is done through volunteer-prepared healthy meals shared with individuals transitioning out of being unhoused.
We 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.
While we currently cannot gather to cook or serve volunteer-prepared meals and visit with our friends, the residents of the Mentone and Crosby hotels, we have been able to provide them with tangible reminders of our concern and support. We are continuing to work with local companies and small businesses when possible to prepare and deliver individually plated warm meals to each SRO on a modified schedule.
This holiday season, Dinner with Grace will be providing holiday-themed meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas catered by Boston Market. Residents will enjoy a turkey dinner with mashed potatoes and gravy, creamed spinach, cornbread, and a chocolate brownie in November. For December, we will present a meal of honey-glazed boneless ham, fresh steamed broccoli, sweet potato casserole, and a deluxe chocolate cake slice to each resident.
Meanwhile, a small group of volunteers has gotten together on Zoom for catch-up chats a few times. We can’t wait to get back to the kitchen again! Come join us when we resume.
Please contact Nicole Stahl at [email protected] or call Tracee Zyla, Program Coordinator, at 415-749-6351 for more information.
Check out our blog posts which include sample menus and explain the process of putting together the dinners to learn more.