NDPC’s week to serve dinner at Hagar’s House:
Hagar’s House is an emergency night shelter and assessment center with support services for women with children. The shelter offers at least 30 nights of short-term housing and has room for up to 30 guests. We usually have two cooks and two servers for each night during our week.
Cooks prepare a full healthy meal for the guests, usually consisting of a main course, vegetable sides, fruit, and a small dessert. There is no set menu so prepare whatever you are comfortable making. Cooks should prepare enough for the shelter’s capacity, which is 30 – 35 people. We usually try to bring enough food for the 4 – 5 volunteers that are typically on site as well. Meals should be delivered to Hagar’s House at 6:00 p.m.
Servers should also arrive at 6:00 p.m. to set out plates, silverware, food, etc. so dinner can be served at 6:30. Dinner is served buffet style so the servers are asked to remind the families to be respectful of each other and to be mindful of their portion size so everyone can eat. Servers are encouraged to eat with the Hagar’s House guests to get to know them as neighbors in our community. After dinner, servers need to wash and put away dishes as well as take out the trash from the kitchen and dining room. Server volunteers are usually finished by 7:30.