Marguerite Butler is happy to talk – about herself, about her friends, about her hometown – but her gratitude is the first thing a stranger notices.
She’s grateful for SPiN Café, for the meals, for the companionship, for the times when she could get out of the cold at SPiN’s old location. She’s grateful for the Haven shelter, where she sleeps most nights. So grateful, in fact, that she’s the last to leave because she cleans the restroom every morning.
From Your SPiN Executive Director
SPiN Cafe’s feeding program has grown 250% since switching to sack meal distribution in March. Last month, May 2020, we served an amazing 527 meals at Flintstone Park on Bayshore Drive.
We are delighted to have seven local churches volunteer to make and distribute these vital meals to those in need in our community six days a week, Monday through Saturday. These volunteers donate over 500 hours per month in order to maintain our program. Our guests express their appreciation on a regular basis.
Dear SPiN Café Supporter,
Please take a moment to review our quarterly newsletter.
We, on the SPiN Board, have worked with our staff in the last couple months to adapt to the Covid 19 situation and to focus on what we have done since the beginning…feed folks in need.
She’s wearing a mask, but she's still smiling.
Board member Tom Saunders expresses gratitude and wonder at Laurel's dedication, as she serves sack meals and assists guests with their laundry. Saunders says the seven churches who serve with her each week thoroughly enjoy working with her, and “Laurel sees opportunities to help our guests and initiates the dialogue to bring solutions to their needs. She is an absolute delight to be around and we’re blessed to have her in the SPiN Organization.”
We managed to pull her from her duties long enough to answer a few questions.
A note from Tom Saunders:
Together with our fabulous volunteers and their churches, SPiN Cafe is now serving sack meals to our guests SIX DAYS A WEEK, from Monday through Saturday! The most recent to join our outstanding group is the Oak Harbor United Methodist Church. Janice Hayes and her team will be preparing meals and serving on Saturdays, beginning May 2nd. With the recent addition of Friday service beginning on May 1st, we have grown from serving three days a week on March 17th with 3 churches, to a total of 7 churches participating today. Dreams do come true!
SPIN Café announced today that we will restart our laundry services this week, which is tremendous news. The program was on hold for over a month to protect the health of our guests and staff due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
As of Thursday, April 30, SPiN will provide washing and drying at no charge at the Dutch Maid Laundry, 75 S.E. Barrington Drive, in Oak Harbor.
This will be a weekly service, every Thursday from 6:30 - 9:30 AM. Guests will be asked to follow social distancing precautions on site.
Shannon McLeod sensed a lull, and decided to do something about it.
When Oak Harbor’s Living Word Church put programs on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, McLeod, the congregation’s Discipleship Pastor, saw members of the Legacy internship program facing isolation and searching for purpose.
“These are people in training for the ministry, and the stay-at-home orders have been hard because they’re used to having something to work on. They are young adults, not just adults, which I think makes it even harder to be isolated and stagnant. Even though they live in a group situation, they still faced that lack of motivation.”
Properly masked and distanced, Living Word interns (l-r) Carter Liddycoat, Samantha Welch, and Kayla Rose serve a SPiN Café guest at Flintstone Park on Bayshore Drive. During the COVID-19 pandemic, meals are available at 11:30AM Monday through Thursday, plus alternating Fridays. SPiN hopes to fill the need for service on weekends as well.
By Carol Wall
The generous resources of our Oak Harbor community have yielded help for those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Through the Evangelical Lutheran Churches in America Daily Bread Grant program, SPiN Cafe recently received nearly $3000 from members of our community and a $500 direct grant from the ELCA Hunger Program
SPiN Café is overjoyed to announce that Living Word Church of Oak Harbor has chosen to team with us in our sack meal program. Thanks to Living Word’s support and partnership, we will now be able to add Mondays to our meal service at Flintstone Park.
In addition, strong networking among our local faith community has brought enough support from members of Oak Harbor Presbyterian Church to cover meals on alternating Fridays.
SPiN Café would like to recognize the generosity and support from bayleaf in lovely Coupeville for providing sandwiches for delivery to those in need from our community. It is comforting, even as they too struggle to pay their own bills in these strange and confusing times, to have our local businesses step up to the challenge of feeding the most vulnerable among us.
We welcome anyone else who would like to donate to this worthy cause!
To donate financial assistance to support this program, please go to our website at www.spincafeoh.org and click the DONATE button at the bottom left side of the home page.
To donate time preparing or serving food, please click “interested in volunteering” at the bottom right corner of our web site, or call us at 360- 682-5949.
You can reach us via facebook message from our page: https://www.facebook.com/spincafeoh/
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