Three year ago we committed to serving at Haven from Hunger on the third Thursday of each month, Although Haven from Hunger is now part of Citizen’s Inn, our role has not changed. However we work in a remodeled kitchen, which allows us to be more effective. Every month (typically on the third Thursday, we show up at 3:00 pm with 4 to 8 volunteers. There is now a permanent staff member who serves as chef, and we prepare the food at her guidance, as well as serving, and doing clean up. There is a fond appreciation by the Haven staff of the work being done by TNT every month and those of us who go there feel very rewarded for our efforts. This past fall we were also called in to help with a Christmas eve serving, to free the staff to attend their services. Nice that we could help.
The evening of Kol Nidre you responded to the Project Isaiah appeal by bringing in food. The day after Yom Kippur we sorted the food by categories and refilled the Project Isaiah bags. We were able to donate 90 full bags of food divided between Haven from Hunger, Danvers People to People Food Pantry, and the Jewish Family & Children’s Services Food Pantry. Haven measured their 30 bags at 227 pounds, an indication that we really collected a lot of food! Thanks to all who contributed and helped with the collection and distribution.
In November we had our annual winter coat drive 95 coats, women’s, mens and children’s. These were distributed to the Lynn Shelter Association, Citizen’s Inn-Haven from Hunger (Peabody) and Action for Post Soviet Jewry where they are sent to the Jewish needy mostly elders in the Ukraine. The experience bringing coats to Lynn Shelter was truly notable. The staff greeted us as heroes and were so thankful for the 40 coats they received.
We truly are a generous congregation. In December our toy and gift card drive netted over 95 gifts. We brought pre-elementary toys to Haven from Hunger. And for Family Promise we were able to provide a dozen items from their request list. We sent gift cards to Jewish Family and Children’s services. The remaining toys were sent to Chelsea, Hooks elementary school, where they became greatly appreciated gifts to 65 plus families.
Temple Ner Tamid continues serving as a support congregation for Family Promise of the North Shore. We coordinate with the Community Covenant Church in West Peabody and provided two meals to the clients in December and two in June. It is a most rewarding experience to meet with the families and know we are helping them to achieve their goal of living independently in the community.
We maintain a food barrel in Founders Hall. Donations are being brought to local food pantries, most recently to Middleton and Danvers.