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Unclaimed crockpots and unnamed at St Pauls Shelter can pick up 6 to 6:15pm

Posted Aug 14, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Cooks, we have a picture of some crock pots that are looking for their owners. I even think I have one to pick up there. LOL So let us know if you are missing one. I know I am. Best regard, Laurene if you want to call me, 316-836-0722 my mobile #

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The six month numbers are out for what has happened at the City's OutPost Safe Stay Community

Posted Aug 12, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

The City will be announcing the numbers of what has been the results of having a city Safe Stay Community at the OutPost for Vancouver. And the number of people it has helped along the way. Check them over and be proud of your contributions to the effort that has been made to help bring stability and healthy meals to our less fortunate citizens. You have been a big part of it. So look for the City to give those numbers through The Columbian newspaper and the City website and the news media. Again thank you for your contributions to the cause. You helped make it happen. We need a few days filled in on the Meal Train calendar for St Paul's such as: Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th, Sunday 21st. If any of those days work for you please sign up. Sincerely, Laurene and the Outsiders Inn Teams Picture of meal supplied to St Paul's

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Cooks needed for St Paul's Sun 14th, Mon 15th, Tues 16th, Wed 17th

Posted Aug 10, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thank you all for your continued support of St Paul's. Good things are happening here. Working closely with many organizations to make it all happen. Not just one person or organization can do it, it takes everyone contributing together to make it all happen smoothly. So thank you for your part of the action and goodwill. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Teams Picture of meal fixed for St Paul's

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Cooks needed for St Paul's meal Train on Sun 7th, Tue 9th, Fri 12th, and Sat 13th.

Posted Aug 5, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Those days listed no one has signed up for, so if one of those days works for you we'd appreciate it. Hope your August is going along well, mine is. My husband is out of the hospital now and my son and granddaughter are here to visit. Love family time. Enjoy your summer! Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Cooks needed for St Paul's Sat 6th, Sun 7th, Tues 9th, Fri 12th, Sat 13th

Posted Aug 3, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

This is the first week of August, so another month in the making. Hope your July was a good one. You all have been so supportive of our mission. Only with your contributions can we do it, so we thank each and everyone of you for your time, effort, food and money. You are part of the team. Sincerely, Laurene and the Outsiders Inn Team

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Thank you everyone for your meals in July for St Pauls Meal Train

Posted Jul 27, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We only have 2 days that need to be filled in this month, Friday, 29th and Saturday, 30th. If one of those days works for you we'd appreciate it. Hope your summer is going well, try to stay cool during these hot days. Best regards, Laurene

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Meal Train - Thank you everyone for making my job easier

Posted Jul 21, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

You are all more than generous with your time, money and food. Thank you for looking on the calendars and seeing where the need is greatest and signing up. I haven't been able to write to you for a while individual "Thank you's", but know that we are thankful for your support. My husband has been in the hospital since June so my time is stretched. He might be coming home next week (prayers please). Hope your summer is going well and stay safe and healthy. Sincerely, Laurene - Meal Coordinator

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Cooks needed for St Paul's, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 26th, 29th, and 30th.

Posted Jul 16, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

I hope you are all feeling well and can enjoy cooking some meals for our shelter at St Paul's. I wish I felt better so that I could cook, but I am not. I would rather cook than be sick in bed. Be thankful that you are feeling good enough to cook some meals. We thank you for your continued support of our shelters. Sincerely, Laurene - meal coordinator

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Meal Train cooks needed for St Pauls, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 13th

Posted Jul 5, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Because we need your support, it gives you a chance to be part of the solution to homelessness. When you drive down the street and see camping and litter. Know that your contribution of a meal truly helps to give people a helping hand up, not a handout. It should put a smile on your face, when you see the enjoyment they get out of your meal (we do). Thank you for all you do to help find an answer for their needs at this time, so that we can work through the different resources and organizations that we have lined up to get them through this tough spot and into stable living quarters and work. Your support accomplishes this. Thanks again! Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Happy 4th of July Tomorrow.

Posted Jul 3, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Enjoy your individual celebrations in honor of our fight for independence. We are so privileged to live in America - be thankful and joyful. Thank you for your continued support of our shelters. If you know someone who would like to be a meal contributor, please let them know about our meal train. The more the merrier. We have openings for St Paul's on the 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th,13th and 16th, do one of those days fit into your calendar? Again enjoy the 4th, be safe! Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Meal Train Cooks, This is 1st of July the month we gained our freedom.

Posted Jul 1, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

It is a wonderful month to celebrate all of our Freedoms. Pray for the Ukrainians, that they can get back to being a peaceful country again. I was driving along the road to visit my husband in the veterans rehab clinic, then thought what if a bomb went off near me and I had to prepare for what is to come next, like the Ukrainians do. It is scary how other countries have to live, with fighting, bombs and artillery going off, not just our local fireworks. We need to feel gratitude for what we have here in the US and to treasure it. So enjoy the celebrations of our freedoms and opportunities we have here in the US. Now according to our calendar for St Paul's, we need someone to volunteer a meal for the 5th, 6th, 8th, 9th and more. Be a part of the solution for homelessness. We will have a report soon of how we have progressed over the year with your help and volunteering. So thank you one and all for your support. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722

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Meal Train for St Paul's want you to know.

Posted Jun 29, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We have need for 29 to 30 meals at St. Paul's now. During the high time for Covid we reduced the amount of people served but now we have more room for helping others. So please check and see what day would work for you to make a meal for 29 to 30 guests here at St Paul's. Hope your summer is going well, stay healthy. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Cooks needed for St Paul's Shelter, 24th, 28th, 29th

Posted Jun 22, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

The days are going faster and faster. The end of the month is almost here. Then July will hit us soon enough. We have only 3 meals to fill this month of June, see if one of them will work for you. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Cooks needed for St Paul's 15,24,25,26,28,29

Posted Jun 13, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

You have been great supporters of St Paul's shelter for so many years. We hope you have gotten many good feeling in your heart for doing so. You have given us many good feeling in our hearts and mind by donating your time, effort and food. If you would like to cook more but because of the cost haven't been able to do more. We have a food pantry available to you for food that has been donated that can be prepared for a meal. Contact Nicole at 360-949-2025 and she can help you with getting food that you need. Then sign up for one of our days to provide a meal, hopefully it provides a smile in your heart and good feeling like you are doing something to help other in need, because you are. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Cooks needed for St Paul's 11-15-21-22-24-25

Posted Jun 10, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather, I know I am. This is the month for getting out of school, graduations, weddings, you name it. It is a wonderful time please take time to smell the roses. Then sign up for one of our days to provide a meal, hopefully it provides a smile in your heart and good feeling like you are doing something to help other in need, because you are. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Cooks needed for St Paul's on 8th,11th,13th,15th

Posted Jun 7, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Who has the ability to cook a meal for theses days. Hope you are enjoying the beautiful weather is month. Check what days might work for you. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Meal Train update - food available to cooks for fixing a meal

Posted Jun 1, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Cooks we have a pantry that has food, we need cooks to utilize the food before they spoil or go past its prime. Please get with our donation coordinator Nicole to get the ingredients you can use to cook a meal. Her number is 360-949-2025. Thank you for everything you do for making other people feel loved and cared for. Sincerely, Laurene Meal Coordinator

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June is on its way, tomorrow. Who has a day to give to Meal Train.

Posted May 31, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We really appreciate your help on keeping our community safe and well fed. We have a new month to work with, June. Let's make it a good month. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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We only have one day this month till June to fill for St Paul's Meal Train

Posted May 27, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Hope you all will have a great Memorial Day weekend. ENJOY! I always enjoyed going to the cemetery with my Mom on Memorial Day weekend; to say Hi to my ancestors. Now I do Ancestry to keep it straight. We used to take our Peony's to the grave for some color. Look around the Peony's are blooming. Have a wonder Weekend! Thank you for all your support of our Meal Train's for our community. Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Cooks needed for St Paul's shelter, 24,28,29,30,31

Posted May 23, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We need some slots filled in this month, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend coming up. It is a great day for hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and remembering the reason for Memorial day. Think about who gave their lives so that we have our freedom. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722

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Cooks needed for St Paul's Shelter Meal Train

Posted May 21, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We need some slots filled in this month, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31. Hope you have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend coming up. It is a great day for hot dogs, hamburgers, potato salad and remembering the reason for Memorial day. Think about who gave their lives so that we have our freedom. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722

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Cooks needed on Saturdays, 14th, 21st and 28th does any of those work for you?

Posted May 13, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Hi Meal Train cooks. Hope your week has gone well, it's time for the weekends to begin. If you can assist please look over our calendar and see what works for you. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722 PS Remember Memorial day holiday weekend coming up soon.

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Cooks needed for St Paul's 13,14,17, 21

Posted May 12, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

May is upon us with May flowers and warmer weather. Who is available for St Paul's? Thank you for what ever you can do. You are all such wonderful supporters of doing good for our communities. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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MealTrains Cooks - who wants to sign up before Memorial Day Weekend?

Posted May 10, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

There are still more holidays in May to get together with family and friends...we still have the upcoming Memorial Day Weekend! This is just a reminder for you and me, to plan ahead and get things organized. I know I am thinking of those classic hot dogs, burgers and beans! We welcome your early summer menu ideas as we have plenty of spots on the calendar open in the next two weeks. If you'd rather not cook, we also set up a Grub Hub account on the Meal Train website, that you can contribute to starting at $25.00. The email to send it to is meals@outsidersinn.org Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team PS If you have questions about Grub Hub give me a call at 316-836-0722 I'll try to walk you through it. The Outpost Safe Stay Community

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Happy Mother's Day to most of our cooks - wait till Fathers Day guys for yours

Posted May 7, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Hope your day is full of blessings tomorrow. You have been wonderful supporters of the shelters this year. Great food and wonderful desserts. Enjoy your day! Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Meal Train Cooks for St Paul's and the OutPost - FYI

Posted May 5, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

If you can't cook or would rather not cook a meal but want to contribute to the community shelter; you can donate money to our Grub Hub account. If the day is without a volunteer cook then we can pick a local restaurant to deliver a meal and take it from our GrubHub account that you have donated too.. That way a local business is helped and so is the shelter. The increments at Grubhub is 25, 50,100,250,500. You don't have to decide what meal to serve we do that, so it makes it easy-pease. We are a non-profit so you can receive a receipt for tax records, just let us know you want one at the end of the year. We keep records of every meal you do for us and we are sooo thankful for what you do for our shelters. Blessings to you all. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722

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Cooks needed for 4th, 5th and 6th of May for St Paul's

Posted May 3, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

The weather is beautiful, getting warmer. Is anyone available to cook this month? It is better to cook in this weather, when we don't need heat or air conditioning. Hopefully you'll be able to take a day to be thankful for all the blessing you enjoy, that others do not have (like a stove, refrig and food). Thank you for all you do to help others in our community, we look forward to working with you again. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722

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We need cooks for May Meal Train for St Paul's

Posted Apr 30, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Hey Everyone, St Paul's is ready for May are you? We have May 1st is "May Day" and my grandsons birthday he'll be13. May 5th is" Cinco De Mayo" day. My grand daughters birthday she'll be 16. It is going to be a beautiful Month with all the flowers out. Please, find a day that would be good for you to deliver a meal. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team Call me if you don't know how to insert your information for volunteering, I'll help you. 316-836-0722

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We need cook for Friday 29th for St Paul's anyone available

Posted Apr 28, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Other wise we are onto May. Hopefully these April showers will bring many May flowers to brighten your days. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Cooks needed for St Paul's shelter

Posted Apr 22, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

The last week of the month is kind a vacant of volunteers to cook meals. Is anyone available for 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 29th, 30th? Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Update for cooks for St Paul's

Posted Apr 13, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

This next week is Easter Sunday let's hop on board the MealTrain. We have the 15th, 18th, 19th, 23rd and 24th available. Who can deliver a meal on one of these days. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Cooks needed for St Paul's shelter, 9th, 10th, 15th and 16th

Posted Apr 8, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We need to have the 9th, 10th, 15th, and 16th filled does that work out for anyone? We appreciate all you do. Those that do it all the time "Thank you" don't over work yourself but let's share the load of taking care of the poor by having those that haven't done a meal in awhile participate. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Cooks needed for St Paul's shelter

Posted Apr 6, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We have 144 people signed up for making a meal for St Paul's shelter. We need 365 days of meals. When you divide 365 by 144 that is 2.5 meals a year if we all provide. But we know usually 20% do 80% of the work. So those that have not done a meal in a while if you could participate more that would be wonderful. We have several people that provide 4 meals a month and more. Don't let them do all the work and have the fun of showing kindness to those less fortunate. Enjoy being part of the solution of feeding the poor and sign up. If you have a hard time signing up on our Meal Train website you can call me and I'll input it into the schedule for you but you will need a email address and phone so you get the reminders. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722

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In need of cooks for St Paul's Meal Train

Posted Apr 4, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

See what day is good for you. If you need ingredients we have a pantry available. Even though our winter is over, our need is still on going at St Paul's and the OutPost. If you could help we'd appreciate it. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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in need of cooks for Meal Train for St Paul's and OutPost

Posted Apr 2, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thank you for all your help in the winter months. Spring is upon us now, but that doesn't stop the hunger pangs and the need for food. Who can help with this need. If you need help with supplies we have a pantry at St Paul's, see if we have what you need to cook the meal. Sincerely, Laurene Meal Co-ordinator 316-836-0722

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FYI - cooks for the WHO (Winter Hospitality Overflow)

Posted Mar 31, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We want to be able to Thank You for your service supporting our shelters with Food and LOVE at (St Paul's Lutheran, Immanuel Lutheran, River City Church, and the OutPost). For over 20+ years many of you have given of your time and money to support through the winter season. Now we have a reason to keep this kind of meal train support going year round. We have St Paul's and the OutPost that is now open year round; helping our guests to get stable and have safe spaces to eat and sleep so that their lives can be rebuilt. Please fill out this form to let us know who you are so that we can co-ordinate better accessibility and communication with each other. Most important is phone number and address to send Thank you cards to our supporters. Copy and paste this into your browser. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2DP0zITZjjUhm0INA5tUllm4AKqRIyNtW2z4llLwUGNjlHw/viewform If you know other people who would like to support these meal activities and to give back please forward them this email. Sincerely, Laurene, Meal Co-ordinator and Outsiders Inn Team

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Attention cooks for Meal Trains

Posted Mar 23, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Hi, meal train community! I wanted to let you know that we have lots of canned and non-perishable foods at our St. Paul location and we want to get the food circulating before it expires. Before you buy anything for our meal train, please let us know what you need. We may already have it. Some foods that we have are: - Canned Beans - Uncooked beans, rice, and pasta - Canned vegetables and fruit - Canned meat and fish - Baking products including, flour, sugar, vegetable oil, and cornbread mix - Soup mix - Vegetable and bone broth - Canned soup - Salad dressing Please email or call me if you have any questions. Or contact Laurene through Meal Train. Thank you for all you do! Sincerely, Nicole McCallum Donations Coordinator for Outsiders Inn (360) 949-2025 nicole.mccallum@outsidersinn.org

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Our winter season is over for SOS but not for St Paul's and the OutPost

Posted Mar 16, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We just want to thank you all for your support of our SOS shelters and providing meals. The Satellite Overflow Shelters - Immanuel Lutheran, River City Church are closed for the season. But for those who like to help St Paul's downtown and the OutPost is open and needs volunteers making meals to help with the stabilization our guests. See what you can do to make someone else's life move along smoothly. So that they can stabilize their life and gain independence again. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team PS Below is a picture of the OutPost with a rainbow above, a sign of great beginnings to come. Wishing everyone a Happy St Patrick's Day - ENJOY the Green.

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Attention - Turkeys for our cooks on the Meal Trains

Posted Mar 9, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We have an opportunity this time through Orchards Pantry for 15 more frozen turkeys for our Meal Train Community Cooks - Today's pickup between 11:30 and 5pm Tell us your name, phone, and how many turkeys you want to pick up for your freezer by pasting this into your browser and filling out the request. https://forms.gle/Toe6v5nt2objvuap7 We will then email you an address to pick up your frozen turkey(s) for future meal cooking!

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Attention: Changes to calendar for Meal Train to end of March and beyond.

Posted Mar 2, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

EDIT: Apologies, I was able to get some clarity. The SOS (Satellite Overflow Shelters) are open till March 15th. The St Paul's Men's WINTER Program continues thru end of March - and then will pick up the next season immediately after. Because this year we are supplying food to St Paul's and the Outpost EVERY DAY so get your culinary jackets on and enjoy making food and sharing it with those that are struggling. If you need to get some ideas watch Master Chef Canada or Master Chef Junior is fun to watch. They have 8-13 yr olds cooking up a storm with restaurant quality foods, amazing to see. Thanks for all your commitments to our shelters, you are helping a lot of people to assist those who are trying to lift themselves out of a hole. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Can anyone take the 6th or 7th meal for St. Pauls Shelter

Posted Feb 5, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We are in need of meal on Sunday and Monday for St Paul's, can anyone take these days? Hope you have a great weekend. Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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We love our shelters in Vancouver, St Pauls, Immanuel and River City Church

Posted Feb 2, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

With this being the month of LOVE (February ) let's show some love to people in need. Each of our shelters due to COVID serves 18 people (Immanuel and River City). Where as St Paul's is 27 people. If you can see it in your heart to fill in a date, we'd appreciate it. Most of us take for granted many of life's sweet blessings, like a roof over our head, food in the refrigerator, indoor toilet, but some people are struggling. Share your blessings with others. We have many success stories of the people we work with to help stabilize their life, even in this COVID times. You have been part of that success when you give of your time and support to the shelters Meal Train. We'll have the year end report soon, so you can see the rewards of your work in numbers. So thanks for all of your support and blessings by sharing a meal and we include furry friends too. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Only 4 spots left to fill for this month for the SOS (Satellite Overflow Shelter) shelters

Posted Jan 24, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We try to help one another each and every day. We could not do this without you. Thank you for your commitment to the poor and struggling. The month of January is almost over, then comes the month of February which is the LOVE month. Help spread the news of the needs of the shelters and the need to show love to one another. This Meal Train makes it possible for people to come together and make things happen without taking on all the burden. Let's share the load. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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need more cooks due to Covid

Posted Jan 8, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Several of our cooks who cook regularly have been quarantined due to Covid in their family. If you could help out at this time it would be wonderful. Check what dates are good for you. Stay healthy!! Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Needed cooks and chefs for SOS shelters

Posted Jan 3, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thankful for the better weather, but if you had to stay out in 40 degree weather it is still cold especially if you are hungry. If you know of family or friends who like to cook send them this email, see if they would like to share their good fortune with others by signing up. Thanks for all you do for our shelters. It is a matter of Love, care and compassion. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722

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Cooks and chefs, Welcome to the New Year 2022 !!

Posted Jan 1, 2022 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Many new year resolutions or goals are being made right now. I just hope the year brings you many blessing and good health. Stay close to family and friends they are important. Maybe make some new friends or be a friend to someone even if you don't know them personally. You have a purpose on this earth that only you can do, you are unique and have a roll to play in each others lives. Thanks for including us in your life and being a part of our Meal Train. Maybe make a resolution of cooking a meal monthly, weekly whatever works for you. Enjoy this new Year! Stay well and be safe. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Happy and Joyous Merry Christmas to everyone of our cooks

Posted Dec 26, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thank you for your generosity for all the food you have made for our Meal Trains. You have fed the poor and lightened their load and ours. May you all enjoy the holidays and stay safe while doing so. The first "Outpost Safe Stay Community" opened on the 23rd, just in time for Christmas. We look forward to even more good things developing as we go along. Thanks for all your support of our journey to helping the homeless and unhoused. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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New Meal Opportunities with The Outpost!

Posted Dec 25, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Happy Holidays! One more thing to announce! With the opening of the Outpost, we now have a few locations that are needing your Community Cook supports! So we have expanded our Meal Train options. We took it pro account and now have a neat landing page to direct you to the right spot. https://mealtrain.com/outsidersinn is our new group landing page to enter into the various locations. https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/mq4127 is the new direct link to the Outpost Meal Train where we are organizing to serve 20 meals (that number will go higher soon) that need to be ready to eat or serve. Thank you for ALL you do to help make our meal times warm and merry! Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Merry Christmas everyone!!! Cooks for MealTrain, St Paul's, Immanuel, River City

Posted Dec 24, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

This is the season to remember all the fond memories we have from over the previous years. Please enjoy this season of LOVE. Many good things have happened, like the opening of the first "Outpost Safe Stay Village" in Vancouver. So keep the good things coming. Stay safe and have a joyous holiday season. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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"Happy Thanksgiving" to all our cooks and chefs for our Meal Trains

Posted Nov 24, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Just wanted to say a big "Thank you" for all you do for our shelters. Without you it would be impossible to do what we do. You are making the world a better place. We pray that you have a wonderful meal and many good memories of family times together. The month of November is fully filled in, so December is next and a lot of it is filled in also, but we still have a few that need to be filled. Please, check December out. We appreciate you taking time to help those less fortunate to enjoy the holidays. Keep up the great work of being God's hands in the world. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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One of our own has passed, Candace Weatherby

Posted Nov 20, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We appreciated her leadership and help. She was a blessing to the homeless and it was her passion to give of her time, especially through the All Saints Episcopal Church community and our meal train. Whether it was cooking or helping her community with mediation, as she was a retired attorney. She will be missed. Keep her family in your prayers. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722

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This is season to be thankfull and we are at the Shelters for the homeless

Posted Nov 19, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thank you everyone for your support of our shelters in Vancouver. Right now this meal train is supporting, St. Paul's Lutheran (27 people), Immanuel Lutheran(18 people) and River City Church (18 people). This is time for the rainy season, we need the rain to supply our water though. But for the homeless it also brings a time for worry and needed support to stay dry. Check over and see what day would be good for you to give thanks for all you have by cooking a meal for those less fortunate. This last week, we had a past resident of St Paul's shelter, show that he had made it through the tough times and wanted to share with the guys at the shelter that it is possible, don't give up he says. He has a roof over his head and has a wonderful wife to be his soulmate. He cooked his mom's favorite pasta meal and the guys loved it. So what we are doing here is worth it, it is working with your help and support. So pat yourself on the back and know that your effort is appreciated and needed. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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St Paul's shelter and Immanuel Lutheran SOS - Turn back your clocks this weekend

Posted Nov 5, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

It is that time of year again to turn back the clocks. UGH! The days will be getting darker again soon. We are adding another Shelter to our meal Train, Immanuel Lutheran Satellite Overflow Shelter (SOS), located at 8310 MacArthur Blvd at Lieser Rd in Vancouver. They shelter only 15 people at a time. What is different they shelter, men, women and children as well as pets. So our needs here are a little different. From November 17th to the middle of March on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday during the winter time is our schedule for the Satellite Overflow Shelter (SOS). If you'd like to help out here we will have the spots listed on the calendar soon. When you sign up for Immanuel I'll send you an email to introduce you to the delivery specifications for that location. If you have any question please feel free to call me at 316-836-0722 on my mobile, if I don't have the answer I'll find it out and get back with you. Sincerely, Laurene Meal Coordinator and Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722

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Burrrr It is getting close to November at St Paul's Shelter

Posted Oct 23, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

November is close at hand. That is when it gets colder and more rain. That is when all of the churches are after volunteers to cook a good hot meal for those needing help. So please check out our calendar and see what day works for you. We appreciate if it is just once a month, 2 times a month, we have some that do more (weekly) and we thank you all very much for your time, effort and support. I had a call today from a gentleman that wants to cook some meals for St Paul's Shelter. He said, that is the area that he was living in when he was homeless. He said he was helped and now he has a home, a wife and many blessings and he want to give back and show others that they can do better things with their lives when given the opportunity. Mayor Ann has been a big supporter of our efforts, she has cooked wonderful meals for the guys at our shelter. So no one is too busy to contribute if the passion is there. She has the passion to make things happen for those less fortunate. So thank you everybody for helping us provide a path for these men and doing God's handy work. Good Karma brings good Karma, so keep it going. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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BOO ! - It is October, time for Halloween at St Paul's Shelter

Posted Oct 10, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Ghosts and Goblins for this time of year bring times of fun and maybe scary things to enjoy. What are your favorite things to enjoy about Halloween. I like popcorn balls, Carmel apples and candy corn. Let's get in the mood to surprise and have fun with good things to eat and good memories to make. Is there a day that works for you to supply a meal to St Paul's Shelter? Check out our schedule and see.

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It is Fall everywhere, Especially at St Paul's shelter,

Posted Sep 24, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

So lets enjoy the weather we have now. Not much left of September but we need a few spots filled to complete the month. If you could help, we'd appreciate it. See what day would work for you. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Need cooks for St Paul's Shelter

Posted Sep 13, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Yesterday was Grandparents Day - "Happy Grandparents day everyone", who knows the love of a Grandchild. They love Grandma's cooking. So do our guys at the shelter. What is your specialty, mine is potato salad and camping out food. Check and see if you can cook your specialty items, for our guys this month. We'd love to hear from you. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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St Paul's Shelter needs a cook or two. Happy September and going back to school.

Posted Sep 2, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

September is a great month, little cooler weather and falling leaves. I love the smell of gathering fall leaves, just not in my gutters. I hope you can help with a meal or two this month. If you can cook but do not have it in your budget for the food. We have donated food items in our pantry that you can have to fix the food. Let us know if this helps. Sincerely, Laurene and the Outsiders Inn Team 316-836-0722

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September is almost here, what day looks best for you?

Posted Aug 31, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thursdays are spoken for, what day looks best for you to cook a meal? We appreciate every thing you do for us at St Paul's Shelter. Blessings for those that feed the hungry. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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We have one day available for August, then onto September

Posted Aug 26, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Who would like to volunteer for Friday? It is a lot easier to cook in the cooler weather, then in the hot steamy weather, when you don't have central air conditioning like me. We are off to a new month, September. Most of Thursdays are taken but try a different day. Blessing to you all, stay safe. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Needed Cooks for St Paul's Shelter

Posted Aug 17, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We have had several of our cooks out ill this week. If you could check out what day would work for you to cook a meal we'd appreciate it. Lots of people sick right now. I have two sisters and brother-in-law sick with COVID (they don't live near here). My husband just got out of hospital also, so if you could help with a meal I'd appreciate it, prayers needed too. Have a blessed day. Laurene - meal coordinator

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FYI for MealTrain cooks for St Paul's Shelter

Posted Aug 13, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

When you sign up for a meal, no need to have exactly what you are serving at that time since it may be far in advance; you can put TBD (To Be Determined). But, so others know what is going to be served please make sure to fill in what is going to be the meal before you serve it that day. That way we know what has been served so as not to repeat it to often. Please check out what day is good for you to support St Paul's Shelter by planning a meal. Sincerely, Laurene Meal Coordinator

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Happy August to everyone from St Paul's Shelter

Posted Aug 6, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

The summer is moving along. We have had some wonderful meals from our cooks and volunteers. we appreciate all that you have made. Here is a shot of one of our meals that we have enjoyed. Look at our calendar and check out what date would work for you to cook us a meal. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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need cooks for Fridays, July 23rd and July 30th

Posted Jul 21, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Which Friday would work for you, July 23rd or July 30th. Only two days left to fill for the month of July. We have the calendar till December if another date works for you. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Cooks Needed for St Paul's Shelter

Posted Jul 19, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We need cooks for the 20th, 21st, 23rd, 26th, 27th and 30th. If you could help, it would be appreciated. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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See what works for you - we have only 6 days left for this month for St Paul's Shelter

Posted Jul 17, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We have expanded our months up to December 31st. See what day works best for you. For July we have six days left to fill. We appreciate what day works for you. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team

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Check and see what date is good for you and your group.

Posted Jul 14, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

I have added August and September to the calendar. See what date is good for you. We appreciate what all you do and can do. The "WHO" has been at this for 20+ yrs, you are a committed bunch of people. Thank you again for your help and assistance. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team at St Paul's Shelter

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We just hit a milestone for St Paul's Shelter

Posted Jul 7, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We have just hit 100 people that have signed up to be volunteer cooks for St Paul's Shelter. YAY!!! That makes it not as laborious for everyone if everyone takes a turn. We have several cooks who do it weekly, for those we thank you, but we don't want to burn you out either. We appreciate all you do. So, if you have any friends who would like to contribute their time and talent for cooking let them know about Outsiders Inn Meal Train at St Paul's men shelter. We are open all year long now due to the need and virus concerns. So, help us out if you can by sending them an invite for this meal train. The link should be at the bottom of this letter. Let’s hit the next level of volunteers 125. Sincerely, Laurene and Outsiders Inn Team PS A quote from our staff," Chicken enchiladas, Chili Relleno casserole, extremely juicy watermelon and cherry chip cake. Omg I can't remember which church, but they come every Thursday now! Deliciousness thank you".

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Yay, it's raining outside we need the rain and volunteer cooks for St Paul's shelter

Posted Jun 11, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Yay, it's raining outside, we need the rain and volunteer cooks for St Paul's shelter. Thank you for your support of St Paul's Shelter. We just have a few spots open in this month of June. See what date works for you. Sincerely, Laurene and the Outsiders Inn Team

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Urgent need for volunteers cooks.

Posted May 20, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Please check your calendar to see if you can cook a meal for St. Paul's Shelter. We have 25 men and 2 staff that love what you cook. Sincerely, Outsiders Inn Team

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What's happening at St Paul's Shelter?

Posted May 16, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thanks for all your help and support for St Paul's Shelter Meal Train. You have supplied many a great hot meal for our guys. They appreciate it and so do we at Outsiders Inn. Now the days are getting hotter, so cold things are in trend; like pasta salads, potato salads, sandwiches, coleslaw you name it. Hot meals are still good though like mac and cheese, or themed meals like Mexican, Italian, Southern cooking style or pretend we are on a picnic lunch. We are lucky to have chefs and cooks with adjustable recipes, like "Spend with Pennies" give it a try to get some crowd pleaser meals or just let us enjoy your family favorites. We appreciate what you like to cook, see what day works out for you on our calendar. Sincerely, Outsiders Inn Team

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From winter to spring and beyond for St Paul's shelter

Posted Apr 28, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thank you all, for helping during the winter hospitality season. But we are continuing to serve due to the need and - because of COVID. We have had many wonderful people who just love to help where they are needed. If you like to cook please help fill in the dates that are available (green). Share your talents with those less fortunate. Show how you are grateful for your life and good fortune by doing a meal for St Paul's Shelter. If you don't have certain ingredients check out our pantry for help in filling out a menu. We appreciate whatever you can do. Sincerely, Laurene - Outsiders Inn Food Coordinator

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We are in need of cooks and chefs for St. Paul's men shelter

Posted Apr 17, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Due to a new organization, Outsiders Inn, we are keeping St. Paul's shelter open all year. But only with your help. We need volunteers to cook a meal for 25-27 meals each day. If you can help please sign up for a day. We only need 365 people to volunteer; we have 81 so far. Can you help by volunteering for a day? Look over the days and see what would work for you. This will be your part of "feeding the hungry" and it is true that "many hands make light work". Thanks for your consideration and compassion for those less fortunate. We helped 300 men this last year and helped 40 gain housing. You helped with this by supplying a meal. We appreciate whatever you can do to further our mission. The Outsiders Inn Team

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St. Paul's Shelter is in need of Volunteer cooks and chefs, please sign up for a day.

Posted Apr 10, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Please find time in your schedule to make a meal for our 25 clients. With your help we served 9100 meals this last year. But we are not stopping; we want to help more people. We served 300 men and helped find housing for 40 of them; with your continued support we will do more. Join us if you will, by clicking on our website and signing up. https://www.mealtrain.com/trains/04435v/ Thanks, Outsiders Inn at St Paul's Shelter

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Thank you from St. Paul's Shelter Meal Train

Posted Apr 2, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Hi Volunteer Cooks, Chefs, restaurants, bakeries, and church organizations, We just wanted to say thank you, for all you have done to keep our unhoused clients, with food and supplies during this last year. You have had to fight through, RAIN (lol), then SNOW 9-12 inches, SICKNESS and COVID-19 pandemic. You didn’t let us down, for this we owe a debt of gratitude. Pat yourself on the back. We are working things different this year due to Covid-19. We are going to keep St Paul’s Shelter open all year. Not just during the winter months due in part to a new organization willing to take the part of underwriting the activities at St Paul’s Shelter; it's called OUTSIDERS INN. So, we hope that you will join us again to see what acts of kindness (making your favorite meals) can achieve when you have a higher mission in mind. Outsiders Inn Mission: To lift people out of homelessness through advocacy, support and resources, while serving the community with integrity, transparency and respect. Here is just a little bit of the results that your work (meals and supplies) has done to help move people’s lives forward during these tough times. 1. In the last year we have served over 300 men. 2. Around 40 men have went into some type of housing 3. Our meal train has served 9100 dinners, and 5100 sack lunches 4. The satellite shelter served 87 people that culminated in 1350 dinners served So again, thank you for joining our effort to be God’s hands within our community. We need your help to keep moving forward through the whole year not just the wintertime. So please sign up when you can to prepare a home cooked meal or purchase through a restaurant. You can connect through the link at the bottom of the page. Sincerely, Our Team at Outsiders Inn

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I need your phone number, for St Paul's Shelter meal program

Posted Feb 15, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Hi Cooks and Chefs, For when the snow flies and we need to make quick decisions for the food for the Shelter. Please give us your phone number so we can make arrangements as needed. Hope you're staying safe in your home and that Valentines day was a memorable one. Take care, Hope to be able to work together on this. Laurene - meal coordinator 316-836-0722 ( I was from Kansas! )

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New Year, New Cooks and Chefs, some new rules - welcome aboard the MealTrain

Posted Jan 4, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Hi Cooks and Chefs, Since we have a new year and because we have new cooks and Chefs, here are some rules to go by. We have several Shelters in Vancouver to help our un-housed get through the cold and wet winters. St Paul’s Lutheran church is strictly for men, we house basically 25 people during Covid 19 enforcement. We want a complete meal containing protein, vegetable and starch. It can be in a soup, casserole or each separate items. If you want to go further and provide a dessert, salad, cookies, the more the merrier. We appreciate whatever your budget allows. As for those wanting to help the hungry and un-housed with food and supplies. Here is a way to “pay it forward” by signing up for our MealTrain at: https://mealtrain.com/04435v this meal train serves St Paul’s Lutheran Church at 1309 Franklin St, Vancouver, WA 98660 @ 14th St in Downtown Vancouver. When you sign up you will be asked for your email so we can send a friendly reminder one week from the day you signed up for and one email sent the day before your assigned time, giving you plenty of time to adjust your schedule. We also have a food pantry that can help you fill out your meal if needed. So, let us know what you may be needing or if you want to contribute to our food pantry in any way, let us know. We don’t have a stove for cooking, we only have a microwave for reheating. So, that is why we ask for it to be cooked and ready to serve. The hours to drop off the food is 6pm, in the alley where it says, “pastor’s parking”. It is on W 14th St, near the voting ballot box area in the street. (map of church) If you want the pans back let us know when you deliver it. Best if you can put your name on it, with masking tape or permanent marker. You can pick them up the next day between 5:45 to 6:15pm. Again, thanks for all your help in feeding the needy in our community. If you know someone else that loves to cook let them know about our mealtrain service. Love and blessings for the coming New Year, Laurene

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We are off to a great start for the 2021 New Year

Posted Jan 1, 2021 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We have had both men and women sign up to create some wonderful meals for our St Paul's Shelter. Glad to see a representation from both genders, let's keep it going. If you have friends that like to cook tell them about a way to "pay it forward". Let us make 2021 special by using your God given talents to help others. Sincerely, Laurene G.

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Happy New Year fellow Cooks and Chefs

Posted Dec 31, 2020 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thank you for your enduring support for 2020. We made it through - Yay!!! We are off to a good start for the coming New Year of 2021. If you are into making and keeping resolutions, may I suggest that you help feed the un-housed people right here in your city of Vancouver? Maybe choose once or twice a month to share your desires for food and creativity. It is a good way to share your blessings and favorite recipes with others. Take the lead from our favorite Mayor of Vancouver, Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle, as she has made wonderful meals for our meal train too. She doesn't just talk, she walks the walk with giving and showing leadership. We might say that there was also great tasting, hearty food along the way as well! So please join our volunteer cooks and sign up to show how your talents can make a difference in others’ lives. If you have friends with generous hearts let them know our need for cooks and delicious food, the more the merrier!! Sincerely, Laurene G. - Meal Coordinator

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Hello! - New Meal Coordinator Intro

Posted Dec 14, 2020 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Hi Everyone, I just wanted to introduce myself to you as the new Meals Coordinator. My name is Laurene Gast. I have volunteered to cook just like you. So, I know what you go through to provide a nourishing meal to help feed God's unhoused. Thank you for your unwavering gifts of kindness to help provide a warm nourishing meal to those we serve. We have many volunteers, and we want to make the most of what talents you have to do God’s work; as we are God’s hands and feet in the world today. Thank you for joining with us to do positive work in these trying times; we can do it when we join together. Now to help me learn more about who YOU are...I will be sending you an email outside of this system with a link to follow to a form so you can provide me some information about you and how you engage in our Meal Train and how I can support you better. As they say “many hands make light work”. Thanks again for your time and talent, let us see what we can do to be the light in the world. Sincerely, Laurene Gast – 316-836-0722 mobile phone or text me with any questions

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Thankful for ALL

Posted Sep 8, 2020 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thank you all so very much for all your generous blessings to Outsiders Inn! The men love all the meals that fill them up, either for dinner or sack lunches. This section won’t allow for more pictures! However, please follow Outsiders Inn official Facebook page for updates and thanks!!! All your time with volunteering to feed these men is appreciated!

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Sack lunches

Posted May 27, 2020 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

As we continue to strive to help meet the needs of our guest, we are now looking to provide them with sack lunches. Our guests leave the shelter at 7am and return at 6:30pm, we currently provide breakfast and dinner and want to make sure they have a healthy lunch to sustain them during the day.

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Special thanks!!

Posted May 6, 2020 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

Thank you Mary Orr for signing up to provide a meal for our special guests!! We truly appreciate you!!!

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Shout out!!

Posted May 3, 2020 by Laurene G Meals Coordinator of Outsiders Inn

We want to whole heartedly thank Free Hot Soup Vancouver for their support providing meals for our hardworking men at Outsiders Inn!! We appreciate you and the men have expressed thier gratitude as well as given a plethora of compliments on the meals provided ❤

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