The purpose of GLAMA is to establish a common bond and vision that the ministers have in serving God’s people. The ministers meet the second (2) Wednesday of every month (September-May) to share their hopes and dreams, success and failures and to corporately discern the needs of their people with the help of local professionals to share also with us their goals so that we together with them can more effectively serve the community.
Noonan Homeless Shelter
107 East 1st Avenue
Lexington, NC 27292
- There are actually 2 shelters located side by side: the adult homeless shelter & the family shelter.
- OLR church is currently providing the evening meal for both shelters the first Sunday of the month, September – May.
- The shelter provides disposable dishes, silverware, beverage glasses, napkins, ice and carryout containers (for family shelter).
- Once everyone has been served, the volunteers are free to leave. The entire process usually takes 1to 1 1/2 hours.
Guidelines for the captain & volunteers
- The captain should call the shelter Thursday to get a count of clients in both shelters.
- He or she then phones the volunteers to plan the meal & tell people how many will be served. Meals do not have to be fancy…Martha Stewart doesn’t live at the shelter! “Comfort foods” are best. Children love the dessert, but the adults are more concerned with a hearty meal.
- Volunteers provide the evening meal: main course, vegetable, salad, bread, dessert, and drinks. The food should be already warm (or cold) and ready to serve.
- Volunteers should plan to arrive when the adult shelter opens at 6:30 pm.
- Meals for the family shelter are boxed up and taken to the family shelter while the clients in the adult shelter are checking in.
- Plates of food & beverages for the clients in the adult shelter are then prepared by volunteers and set out on a counter. The clients are not permitted to handle the food, so buffet style service is not an option.
- Many clients will request second helpings since this may be the only meal they have all day.
- The kitchen is small, so not everyone who cooks needs to stay and serve. At least four people should help with the servings.
- Volunteers who would like to be reimbursed for the food purchased can give Father Al the receipt(s) along with their name and address.
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