I want to start off by sharing some good news. Because of the hard work of staff, volunteers and many of our clients we will be able to partially open the kitchen tomorrow morning, Wednesday, May 15th.
Last Wednesday morning a clog developed in a sewer service line that caused sewage to back up into the kitchen and adjoining storage areas. Sewage also flooded into the main men’s dorm which is right below the kitchen. This plumbing failure caused significant damage to sections of the kitchen and the entire men’s dorm that will take many weeks to fully recover from.
We are grateful to the whole community for supporting us during this time. Last week we were able to make nearly 2500 sack lunches because of your donations and the support of many volunteers. This allowed us to make sure our clients continued to get the meals that they rely on to meet their basic food needs.
Now that the kitchen is partially open we will be able to make soup and sandwiches here at the Poverello Center and serve them out of our kitchen. Hot meals beyond soup will have to wait until the kitchen is completely repaired which could take several weeks.
We can start taking food donations here at the Poverello Center. We continue to need sandwich making materials as well as a few staple items. Donations we could use include:
- Sandwich Meat
- Sliced Cheese
- Granola Bars
- Single serving packaged chips
- Bottled Water
- Plastic Sandwich Bags
- Plastic Wrap
- Spices including salt & pepper
- Soup Base
Financial donations to purchase staple items in bulk are also very helpful. Donations can be made at www.thepoverellocenter.org/donate or by mailing a check to PO Box 7644, Missoula, MT 59802.
The kitchen is well on its way to recovery, however, the men’s dorm is seriously damaged. It will take many weeks to get this dorm usable for our clients. We are currently working with our partners in the community about how to best address the issues related to repairing this dorm. As these plans come together we will communicate them to you.
I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support we have received this past week. There have been hundreds of little acts of kindness that we have seen. These include the anonymous person who ordered our staff pizza on Friday afternoon, the many people who have volunteered their time to help us out and all of you who made financial and food donations. The staff, board and clients appreciate the care we have received from our Missoula community.
Amy Allison Thompson
Poverello Center Executive Director