Meals with Good Works

We believe that sharing a meal together is a beautiful way to experience community, especially when our meals go across cultural, economic and social boundaries. We want to invite you into this and to help us experience community over meals during your Work Retreat with Good Works. This is an extension of our hospitality paradigm. We do not want this to be a burden to you, but another aspect of your service with Good Works.

The meal that we will have together is an opportunity for us to gather together. We do not eat separately, but intentionally together. We ask you to provide food for lunch on the day you are serving with us. Your group will participate in this meal. We want to create a context in which everyone present can experience the broader Good Works Community of Hope, including the members of your group!

What we are asking from you:

We ask that you prepare lunch on the day that your group is serving with us. Included in this meal will be our Transformation Station volunteers and other Good Works volunteers. This meal would also include several staff, interns, guests and all volunteers who are present. This could be about 15 people, in addition to the people in your group.

One or two members of your group can serve as a Meal Coordinator for the day with their focus of service being to prepare this meal. If additional help is needed, we can provide a volunteer to work with you. Several people participating in the meal can help with clean up.

We would like to make a contribution to this meal by providing you with any food from our pantry that can assist in preparation. This will not be adequate for a full meal preparation and you will need to supplement with food from your own resources. There are a variety of canned goods and other items that are available to you.

The kitchen you will use is equipped with an electric stove, a microwave, a dishwasher, and two sinks laid out on a large u-shaped countertop. Click here to see a list of kitchen supplies available to you. If necessary a refrigerator can be provided for your use.

We can make arrangements for your Meal Coordinator to come by for a visit before your day of service. This will give them a chance to view the kitchen and look at our pantry to see what is available.

Stewardship: We Recycle! We Compost!

We want to be good stewards of God’s creation in every way possible. In an effort to reduce the disposal of reusable resources and the trash that goes to a landfill, we encourage recycling and composting. You can help us in our efforts to do this. During Orientation we will explain our recycling and composting procedures. Please do not hesitate to ask questions about this. As you prepare for this Work Retreat, there are two things you can keep in mind now:

  1. Please use our dishware for meals. We discourage the use of paper and plastic products that are thrown away.
  2. Each person should have a water bottle with their name on it.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Some of your group members will be involved with Neighbors Helping Neighbors. It is our desire to bring the community together for lunch, but this is not always possible when you are serving farther out in the county. But you should plan to include the person you are serving in your lunch. Bring an extra lunch to share! Occasionally, if you are not too far away, you can invite the person you are serving back to Good Works for the community lunch you are providing. This also has been a wonderful blessing. It is also possible that the person you are serving may want to provide you with a lunch as a way of thanking you. Please receive this meal with gratitude. We will let you know if this will be the case.

Thank you!

We recognize that our meal requests are a lot to ask from a visiting group. Please know that this is a significant blessing and contribution to the community of Good Works. Thank you! Because of this and your presence, we believe we are experiencing community in a beautiful way as we together gather for our shared meals.

If you feel like we are asking more than your group is able to provide, please let us know and we can make adjustments. We don’t want these hopes or expectations to detour you from coming.