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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
- 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.”
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