Downpour Doesn’t Stop Elton Sousa from Helping at Pacific House

On Sunday Elton Sousa, who runs Elton’s Cafe in Greenwich Library, and some of his friends went to Pacific House emergency men’s shelter in Stamford to serve dinner for the residents of the homeless shelter.

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Volunteers waiting to help pass out plates to around thirty people.

Even with the rain making it difficult to drive, all ten volunteers came to help. They all ran around the small kitchen to pour drinks and prepare plates for dinner.
The volunteers pouring sprite for 31 people.

Volunteers pour Sprite for 31 men at the shelter.

Elton had prepared a protein filled first course,  pea soup with Lima beans and black eye peas. The second course was chicken served with a risotto made with eggs, rice and a mix of vegetables.
Elton Sousa

Elton and his friend visiting from Brazil have their dinner after serving all the men in the shelter.

The Mendoza family arrived with 100 home made brownies for dessert. They have volunteered at the shelter several times in the past.  According to Lauren Mendoza, who works in the children’s section Greenwich Library, the most memorable event was Thanksgiving two years ago, when volunteers served in shifts because there were over 100 men to serve.

Sara Mendosa going to pass out rice crispy treats.

Sara Mendoza ready to pass out Rice Crispy treats at Pacific House emergency men’s shelter.

The leftover food is put aside for those who work until late and missed the 6pm dinner call. Volunteers refer to the plates they wrap in tin foil and place in the warming oven as “saves.”
Sara and Kailee serving food and preparing food to save for the men that had work.

Sara and Kailee put aside the “saves” for men who are at work and miss the 6:00 pm sit down dinner at Pacific House.

The men were very respectful and grateful for the food. As the volunteer left into the rainy night the men gave them a round of applause.

Pacific House emergency men’s shelter welcomes donations of prepared meals.  Even a batch of 100 PBJ or ham & cheese sandwiches would be greatly appreciated. What a good service club or Scout troop project.  Just call the main number at Pacific House to arrange the donation and drop off time.

Pacific House is located at 597 Pacific Street in Stamford. Tel. (203) 348-2792

See also:  Elton’s Café Takes to the Road: Serving Dinner at Pacific House


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