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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted Nov 23, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

Dear Incarnation House Family, On behalf of our students, staff, and board of directors, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Words cannot express how thankful and blessed we are for the continuous support, care, and love you provide to our students. With a grateful heart, Dolores Sosa Green CEO

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Happy Halloween!

Posted Oct 31, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

As I sit here at my desk, I can hear a group of our teens singing their hearts out to karaoke, while others are painting their pumpkins, playing games, eating pizza and candy, and drinking a little sparkling cider. When they're at Incarnation House, they can just be kids. They deserve it - a break from the stress and challenges in their lives. Thank you for allowing them to be just kids through your support and generosity. Happy Halloween from our teens and staff! Dolores

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Teen appetites, Chef Z, SMU volunteers, Halloween, etc.

Posted Oct 21, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

Our teens eat a lot as it is, but on colder days, they seem to be eating a little more than usual. We know it's normal, and we're thankful that volunteers and donors like Larry Collins, Sharon Siddons, Catherine Sweet, and Shirley Reece have made sure that our teens have been kept satiated over the past several days. With monetary donations, we were able to purchase additional ingredients for Chef Z on Thursday. She made nachos that her classmates and SMU volunteers of Mustang Heroes enjoyed as they painted pieces of art on canvases SMU students donated. Unfortunately, the nachos were eaten up before I could take a picture. Let me just say that I've never had nachos the way Chef Z makes them. Yum! Halloween is on a Monday this year and we're thinking of keeping our teens a little longer that day. We will have several fun activities planned like Karaoke (they LOVE to sing!), Bingo, Family Feud, Uno, painting pumpkins, etc. If you'd like to make a monetary donation for our Halloween plans, we'd love the support. And of course, if you'd like to provide dinner for that day, please sign up! As always, thank you for your support and your belief in our teens. Dolores Sosa Green CEO

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Chef Z does it again!

Posted Oct 14, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

Once again, Z showed off her cooking talents! Our team and her classmates enjoyed a wonderful feast of homemade soul food. She made fried pork chops, macaroni and cheese, cabbage, and cornbread! For dessert, sticky cinnamon rolls! Every bite was finger-licking good! While this wasn't the healthiest of meals (we had to convince Z to add at least one vegetable), it's important to serve foods from our teens' culture. It's one way to ensure Incarnation House feels like home. A huge thank you to Clara Smiley for purchasing Z's long list of ingredients so she could prepare this delicious meal. YOU made Z and her classmates VERY happy! As always, we need volunteers to sign up to provide meals after school. If you'd like to sign up to provide the ingredients for Z, she will prepare a list of her needs. Just look in the calendar for Cooking with Z. With sincere thanks, Dolores Sosa Green CEO

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Thankful for You!

Posted Oct 11, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

Our kiddos are lucky to have all of YOU as part of their village. Without YOU, some might go home with empty bellies. It's because of YOU that our students can pursue their hopes and dreams. Those hopes and dreams happen when they believe in themselves AND because YOU believe in them. I'd like to thank Susan Parker, Larry Collins, Daniel McVeigh, and Dana Gerard for providing meals and tasty desserts for our teens over the past several days/weeks. As we all know, teens LOVE to eat! Thank you, thank you, thank you! My hope is to continue recognizing individuals via Meal Train for feeding our kiddos. If I forget as time goes on, please know it's never intentional. I've learned as I've grown older that my memory isn't what it used to be. We have many days left for the month of October for meal needs. If you're able to provide a meal or even sign up to provide ingredients for Cooking with Z or Cleaver, please, please do so. We always need help feeding our growing teens. With sincere appreciation, Dolores Sosa Green CEO

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Shout out to Austin & Kate!

Posted Sep 28, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

We'd like to thank Austin and Kate for the delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs, tender brisket, and macaroni and cheese they prepared for our kiddos this week. They enjoyed every finger-licking bit of it. Unfortunately, no one took any pictures. We have to remember to do that the next time. According to Kate, Austin is selfish. He's selfish because he always wants to demonstrate his grilling skills. Well, in the eyes of our students and the Incarnation House team, Austin can continue to be selfish as much as he wants. It's this type of selfishness that will always be accepted. ;) We also want to thank those of you who have donated, signed up to provide dinner for our teens, or have shopped for needed snacks and food ingredients. As we all know, it takes a village. Thank you for being a part of our village. With sincere thanks, Dolores Sosa Green CEO

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Cooking with Z was a success! THANK YOU!

Posted Sep 25, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

This is Z. She's a junior at North Dallas High School and is considered the best cook at Incarnation House among her classmates. Due to the generosity of Cindy Crawford and her Sunday School Class, Z had all the ingredients she needed to make her famous creamy chicken, shrimp, and penne pasta along with some delicious cheesy bread. Let's just say that everyone's plates were wiped clean. Thank you for making Cooking with Z a success! And she has other meals planned. Please let us know if you'd like to help. Dolores CEO & North Dallas High School Class of '87 P.S. If you haven't signed up to volunteer to bring ingredients or dinner for our Incarnation House students, please consider it. Sending them home fed is important for those students who may not have enough food at home to eat. Imagine how hard it is to concentrate and learn on an empty stomach.

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Daily dinners needed

Posted Sep 6, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

Hello Incarnation House Family! I hope everyone had a wonderful and restful Labor Day weekend. I definitely got a lot of rest after falling ill after my first week of afterschool programming. It certainly reminded me of what it's like working closely with students. But I survived and my immune system is stronger for it. I'm happy to be back today. Now that I'm feeling much better, I've taken the time to check our food pantry. It's very low on snacks and other food items. In addition, we need volunteers who are able to provide our students with a warm dinner after school. Please consider donating or signing up to provide snacks and/or a warm and delicious meal. It would be a HUGE help, and I would be incredibly grateful! With sincere appreciation, Dolores

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North Texas Giving Day starts tomorrow!

Posted Aug 31, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

IH Family, Early giving for North Texas Giving Day starts September 1st! You have until September 22nd to support our teens in a very big way by ensuring we can provide the following and so much more! *Nightly dinners *Afterschool snacks *Life skills such as cooking lessons, money management, and career exploration *Group and individual mental health sessions (including pet therapy!) *College/field trips *School uniforms and/or school shoes *Art and/or school supplies https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/organization/Incarnation-House/welcome

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Shrimp, pasta, garlic bread, and salad, oh my!

Posted Aug 26, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

A HUGE thanks to you for making Cooking with Cleaver a success yesterday! Our teens helped Ms. Cleaver make the best dinner I've had in a very long time. They made creamy shrimp and pasta, salad, and garlic bread. In addition to dinner, two of our students were DJs for the night playing music throughout the center from our music studio while the cooking was happening. There was singing and dancing, too. I left IH not only with a full stomach but with a full heart. THANK YOU! With sincere appreciation, Dolores P.S. If you haven't signed up to provide dinner for our teens, we'd love your help. When our teens come together for a meal, it's a family affair.

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Thank you!

Posted Aug 25, 2022 by Regina Nippert

We want to thank everyone who responded to our request for help yesterday. You blessed our hearts. To Anonymous, whoever you are, we see you. We see your support and we appreciate your kindness. We hope you know how grateful we are for every gift. All the very best to each of you, Dolores and Regina

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Meals Needed

Posted Aug 24, 2022 by Regina Nippert

Good morning, friends! I'm thrilled to share that Dolores and I have had the luxury of working together since July to ensure a smooth transition and to build an even richer experience for teens who come to Incarnation House. Now the fall program is in full swing and we need your help because there're still a lot of green tabs on the calendar with unadopted meals. May I ask you to take a minute and sign up for a meal or two, or maybe for a regular contribution? Just a reminder, the meal you provide doesn't have to be expensive. They love baked potato and salad bars as much as they love Raising Cane's. Baked pastas with lots of cheese and alfredo sauce, cheesy bread, hearty nachos, all these kinds of meals can be done for less than $100 for 20 kids. If you don't have time to cook, a contribution is always welcome, especially for Thursdays when we're still Cooking with Cleaver. We love you, we appreciate your help and we appreciate your prayers and support. Thank you for everything you do to help our teens succeed. Regina

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The Chicken Craving & Student Dinner Requests

Posted Aug 18, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

Hello IH Family, Last time, I shared how my older brother and dad used to dumpster dive for food, and how a generous restaurant made sure our family didn’t go hungry. Now I want to tell you about the chicken craving my brother had. My brother Louis was a jokester and always had a hard time telling the truth, which made it hard for me to believe anything that came out of his mouth. So, one day he tells me he’s craving soup with chicken, rice, and potatoes. Unfortunately, we couldn’t afford to buy any chicken. He then tells me, “If one of Fina’s (our neighbor) chickens comes into our yard, I’m going to catch and cook it.” Of course, I didn’t believe him, and I went to my room to read for a while. After some time passed, I needed to ask Louis a question, so I started walking toward his room. To get to his room, I had to pass the kitchen where my mom always was. When she saw me, she says in a panicked voice, “Mija, no vallas al cuarto de tu hermano!” (Translation: Daughter, don’t go to your brother’s room!) Being a teen, I didn’t listen. I open his bedroom door, and he looks up at me with wide eyes as if he just got caught doing something he wasn’t supposed to be doing. He’s literally sitting in a recliner with a trash can in front of him and feathers are everywhere! I tell Louis, “I’m not eating that”, and close his door. The poor chicken didn’t have a chance once it decided to enter our backyard. I later learned Louis caught the chicken and our mom did what she learned how to do growing up working on ranches and farms. Unfortunately for Louis, he didn’t get to eat any chicken. Apparently, our mom discovered that it was too old to eat. Louis said the rice and potatoes looked super lonely without chicken. Louis and I never get tired of talking about his intense craving for chicken during our weekly talks. Sometimes we can’t stop laughing. It’s one of the fondest memories we share during times of hardship. I hope you will sign up to provide a delicious dinner for our students this school year. They return on Monday, August 22nd. Dinners are also needed because I really don’t want to raise chickens at Incarnation House. It's not my skill set, plus I'm a city girl through and through. Thanks so much for supporting our students! With sincere appreciation, Dolores Sosa Green, M.Ed. Chief Executive Officer North Dallas High School Bulldog

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Thank You for Your Generous Support!

Posted Jul 26, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

Dear Incarnation House Family, This morning I did a lot of grocery shopping. This is from someone who does not like to shop except at Home Depot and Lowe's. But I shopped for our kids and their families. It's one of the few and rare ways you can get me into a grocery store. But please don't tell my husband that I stepped into a store! He may use it against me and decide to give me shopping duties! All kidding aside, thank you so much for caring for our kids and their families. Your generosity means a great deal. With sincere appreciation, Dolores Sosa Green Chief Executive Officer North Dallas High School Alumna

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Needs for Weekly Summer Meals

Posted Jul 21, 2022 by Dolores Sosa Green of Incarnation House

Hello Incarnation House Family! I want to tell you how happy I am to be a part of the IH family! Never in a million years did I think I'd be so lucky to work for an organization that supports students from my alma mater - North Dallas High School. Like many of the students at NDHS today, my family experienced food insecurity when I was a teen. At the time, I didn't know we couldn't afford to buy enough food for our family because I never went hungry. I later found out why - my dad and older brother were dumpster diving for food. Believe it or not, as a teen I didn't find that to be gross. The food they were bringing home was delicious and filling. And when one restaurant discovered what my brother and dad were doing, they decided to generously give their excess food to them instead of throwing it away. I can never thank that restaurant enough for what they did for our family. Now that I'm at IH, I wonder how many of our students' families are dumpster diving for food. So they don't have to, this is why your continued support is SO important. Below is a list of food we need weekly throughout the summer to fill bags to send home every Tuesday. If you’d like to drop off a donation, we are at Incarnation House every Tuesday from 12 pm - 5 pm. If you can't make it on Tuesdays, please don't hesitate to email me at ceo@incarnationhouse.org or call my cell at (214) 883-2387 to make other drop-off arrangements. If you prefer, you can also make a monetary donation. Please give what you can. Every little bit adds up. Sugar Flour Eggs Milk Cereal Bread Peanut butter Jelly - any flavor Deli Meat Chips Boxed macaroni and cheese Spaghetti and spaghetti sauce Hot pockets Chicken Noodle Soup Ramen Noodles Canned Goods o Green Beans o Corn o Pinto Beans, Ranch Style, etc. Granola bars Premade meals (Sam’s or Costco lasagna for example) (we have the capacity to keep them refrigerated) Canned meats (Tuna, Chicken) Cookies and boxed treats (Brownie and cake mixes)

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New CEO!

Posted Jun 29, 2022 by Daniel McVeigh

We are excited to announce that Dolores Sosa Green will join us as CEO of Incarnation House on July 1st! Dolores has dedicated her life to working in the nonprofit world, with over 28 years of experience in the field. She’s worked in all aspects of non-profit, including program development, executive leadership, fundraising and working directly with students. Academically, Dolores has a degree in Psychology and a Masters Degree in Counseling and Student Services. Additionally, Dolores is an alumna of North Dallas High School! Please join me in welcoming her to Incarnation House. *Our interim CEO Regina Nippert is helping with the transition and plans to stay involved with Incarnation House in some capacity.

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Summer meals for families

Posted Jun 27, 2022 by Regina Nippert

Hello Everyone! I've had several requests from our Meal Train supporters regarding meals in the summertime. We are done with evening meals for the year; however, we very much need dry goods and canned food to send home in weekly food packages throughout the summer. If you’d like to drop off a donation, we are at Incarnation House every Tuesday from 1-5 to accept donations and share food with families. As always, we can also process a cash donation if you prefer. Here’s what we need, feel free to select from the list as your budget allows: Sugar Flour Eggs Milk Cereal Bread Peanut butter Deli Meat Chips Boxed macaroni and cheese Spaghetti and spaghetti sauce Hot pockets Cup of Chicken Noodle Soups Ramen Noodles Canned Goods o Green Beans o Corn o Pinto Beans Granola bars Premade meals (Sam’s or Costco lasagna for example) (we have the capacity to keep them refrigerated) Canned meats (Tuna, Chicken) Cookies and boxed treats (Brownie and cake mixes)

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Huge Thank You

Posted Apr 13, 2022 by Regina Nippert

We want to send out a huge thank the to those who have already stepped up to help fund our weekend backpacks and replenish the afterschool snacks shelf. You are so generous and amazing and it is a blessing to be cared for by you. Here's a picture of last night's buffalo chicken salad bar. In case you're wondering about the cost of sponsoring a meal, we had five donated heads of lettuce and a bag of donated tomatoes; other than that, I spent $150 to feed 18 people and we sent home another 10 meals.

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Weekend Backpacks for Hungry Teens

Posted Apr 8, 2022 by Regina Nippert

We've had an uptick in homeless kids attending our program and we've started sending them home with backpacks on their first visit and then on the weekend. We fill them with toiletries, bottled water, snacks (hot chips of any kind are a huge winner - think hot Cheetos or Takis), cereal and oatmeal, and things they can prepare in a motel microwave (premade packaged burritos are a favorite). If you'd like to make a donation to pay for things to go in backpacks, or drop by with a couple of cases of something good for them, it would be so appreciated. We've got quite a few open slots on the food calendar, too. If you haven't shared a meal with the teens in a while, we've love to hear from you again. Thank you so very much for your generous support. It means the world to us. Regina

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Cooking with Cleaver

Posted Feb 17, 2022 by Regina Nippert

The kids are loving Cooking with Cleaver. Since school started we've been busy with programming and personal growth, so tonight we just relaxed and had fun together. Clara Smiley brought us all the groceries we needed and some of the kids and Ms. Cleaver made burgers and fries, with all the fixings. Some of our guys ate THREE burgers. It was so much fun! We've got some openings for meals in the next couple of weeks and we'd sure appreciate your help, if you are able. Thank you all for everything you do! Regina

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Help the teens learn to cook!

Posted Feb 4, 2022 by Regina Nippert

To be truly independent as young adults, Incarnation House kids need to know how to prepare healthy, inexpensive meals. Our new program "Cooking with Cleaver" on Thursday evenings teaches basic cooking skills. All you have to do is provide the materials. We'll even provide the shopping list (the cost for this option is very reasonable, too - $150 or less for 30 people)! Let us know if this easy option might be right for you by signing up for a Thursday evening meal on Meal Train. Regina Nippert (ceo@incarnationhouse.org) will email you a menu and shopping list. The kids really feel the love when you support them this way (and they have fun making their own meals). Thanks so much!!

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Please continue to support the teens at Incarnation House

Posted Jan 19, 2022 by Regina Nippert

We've had some awesome meals over the past two weeks with more on deck. We do still have open spaces in the coming weeks and I'd love to know they're covered. Thank you in advance for stepping up to help! It is so important to be able to offer a good meal.

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Meals Needed

Posted Jan 4, 2022 by Daniel McVeigh

We look forward to having our students back TOMORROW. Please consider signing up for a meal and help kickoff January with great start to the year for our Incarnation House students.

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Incarnation House re-opening

Posted Dec 28, 2021 by Daniel McVeigh

We are happy to announce that Incarnation House will re-open to the students on their first day back to school - Wednesday, January 5th! We had a wonderful Christmas Party for the kids, and look forward to welcoming them back to Incarnation House next week. Please sign up for a meal at your convenience. Thank you for your patience.

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Thank you all!

Posted Nov 4, 2021 by Devone Jackson of Incarnation House

Just a quick thank you! We have been so busy and blessed with our Incarnation House family but we always remember to give thanks for our fantastic volunteers! Truth is we are able because of you to send 30-35 students home well fed and blessed with hope! Please continue to think of our students as we approach the holidays! We are so grateful!

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November brings us an abundant season of gratitude!

Posted Oct 24, 2021 by Devone Jackson of Incarnation House

The joy of meals you have provided is not silent at Incarnation House, they are profoundly important and appreciated! God’s heart is humming transcendent hope to our students. You did that with your continued support and encouragement through meals and snacks. With your help we are building trust and faith to our kiddos. Sending them home with full tummies and happy hearts. Take a peek please at a few open November & December meals that perhaps you can help with. As you fill our calendar with your ❤️felt commitment please take a look at updated likes and dislikes As we are feeding approximately 30 students we have new taste-buddies to help with, If possible look a few days ahead and behind on calendar as not to prepare duplicate meals. Your time is precious so if you are not able to prepare a meal but still want to provide for us then Grubhub gift cards or donations are awesome as our students love to cook. We are so grateful, thankful and humbly blessed by you. My sincerest thanks, Program Director Devone Jackson 214-507-37766

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October Opportunities

Posted Sep 28, 2021 by Devone Jackson of Incarnation House

Happy fall ya’ll!🧡🎃 Crisp morning air and beautiful sunrise and sunsets remind me of how blessed we have been. I personally have been so amazed at the heart ❤️ each of you have for our students at Incarnation House. Thank you seems so insignificant to the outstanding support each of you have given. We are feeding up to 30 students some nights! Not one leaves hungry! God is good! October calendar has openings! Please if you have availability to sign up for a date we would be grateful. If you would like to donate the students love cooking too. Grub Hub gift cards option is also available. Please know you are providing so much needed stability in their hearts! With your meal donations. They never worry about what’s for dinner! No child should! Thank you so very much! Devone Jackson IH Program Director 214-507-3776 Djackson@incarnationhouse.org

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BLESSED!!!❤️❤️❤️

Posted Sep 4, 2021 by Devone Jackson of Incarnation House

Because of YOU! 25 tummies have gone home filled with a hot meal and hopeful futures! I’m still finding my place and learning my way but I always want you to know we couldn’t do this without each of you! The students have been learning about being grateful and blessed. You are showing them that there are hearts that care! They have each been working on thank you cards that I would love to share with you. Please feel free to text or email address so I can include each of you! We honor and are truly thankful for your gracious contributions! 4 day weekends are going to be toughies as dinner time approaches I’m pondering what my kids are having for meals. That being said also know because of your donations groceries were sent home with the students to help out. Again YOU did that! Thank you, you are their hope as we lead them to learn success for their futures.

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Meals Needed!

Posted Aug 5, 2020 by Devone Jackson of Incarnation House

Hello Everyone, We are in need of meals for the school year! We are expecting to start back on TUESDAY, SEPT. 8TH. We will let you all know if that date changes for any reason. Here's how you can help: 1.) Sign up for a meal or a snack on our Meal Train Calendar. 2.) For meals, come that day to prepare a meal in-house between the hours of noon and 3pm. Snacks can be dropped off during this same time window. 3.) You are also welcome to have a meal catered or delivered between noon and 3pm. 5.) Please let us know as many details as possible when you sign up for your meal (what the meal will be, delivery service, expected arrival time, etc.). This is really helpful as we are planning week to week! :) 5.) Please keep in mind we will be serving an average of 30 students per evening. If you have any questions at all, please reach out to me via email. Despite so much uncertainty at this time, we continue our dedication to meeting the needs of our students at North Dallas HS. We couldn't do this work without you, our volunteers. Thank you so much, Paige Gibson Program Director

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How you can help

Posted Apr 16, 2020 by Devone Jackson of Incarnation House

To our wonderful Meal Train volunteers: I hope you are staying safe and well! Even though we are unable to host dinner and programming for the remainder of the school year, we're making every effort to ensure our students and their families are getting their basic needs met during this difficult time. You can help us by donating groceries! We're accepting donations every Monday between 12-2pm through the end of May. In June and July, we will switch to every other Monday. See the Meal Train calendar for specific dates and drop-off times. Here is a list of grocery items families are in need of: Fresh fruit (grapes, strawberries, tangerines, bananas), or pre-made fruit cups Pasta and sauce Bread Jerky Mac ‘n cheese cups Dried fruit Granola bars Breakfast bars Instant oatmeal Cheese crackers Bag of salad Yogurt Shredded cheddar cheese Ranch Dressing Campbell’s soup cups Canned goods: black beans, green beans, corn, soup Deodorant Face wipes Soap and/or body wash Toilet paper Paper towels Paper plates Shampoo and conditioner (specifically for ethnic hair) Kroger, Wal Mart, or Target gift cards in $25 amounts We've also updated our Meal Train info to include this list. We are so grateful for your support! Sincerely, Paige

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Urgent: Meals needed this week!

Posted Mar 2, 2020 by Devone Jackson of Incarnation House

Hello everyone! Thank you so much to everyone who has provided meals for our students this school year. Currently, we are in need of meals for Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday nights THIS WEEK. If you are able, please sign up to provide dinner for one of these days. We are so grateful for your generosity! This is the most well-rounded meal our students receive every day, and we couldn't run our program without you. Sincerely, Paige Gibson Program Director

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THANK YOU!

Posted Dec 3, 2019 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Wow! What a great first semester at Incarnation House! For the first time, we have not had to worry about sign ups. You all have generously provided food, spent time with our students, and brought light and goodness to Incarnation House. We have loved meeting each one of you and our gratitude is endless. We have so much going on after school and having dinner provided is the biggest blessing. Because of you all, our students have full bellies and can therefore be successful at school, in sports, and in life. Thank you!!! We do have Monday and Wednesday of next week open for meals if you would like to help us finish out the year strong. We have also opened up the calendar for next semester if you want to go ahead and sign up. A key piece of our program is possible because of you. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of our students! Sincerely, Meredith Carpenter Program Director Incarnation House 770.359.7046

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NIghtly Dinners

Posted Mar 27, 2019 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

When we started the school year, we weren’t sure we were going to be able to provide dinner for the kids every night. Volunteers were scarce and we worried about providing this valuable resource for our students. We knew it was asking a lot- feeding 30 teenagers is no small task- but we put the word out there and hoped we would get the help we needed. And you all stepped up. You brought your church group, your neighbors, your business, and your families. You cooked in our kitchen, you dropped off catered food, you made our students feel loved and valued. You all made it so that our students, who have so many worries, didn’t have to worry about where their next meal would come from. You all changed the lives of these kids. Now we have just 9 weeks left in school. We have just 30 days left with the kids at Incarnation House. For these last 30 days, the Meal Train is pretty much empty. Would you mind getting your friends together and making us a meal? We need your help to finish our year strong. We cannot do it without you. Please consider signing up here and helping us get to the end of the school year. We are closed for regular programming in the summer so we will all have a nice break until August. Will you make the difference for these students? Will you help them to have one less worry? We are truly humbled and grateful for your help. Thank you!

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Spring Semester Dinner

Posted Jan 2, 2019 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

School starts on Tuesday and we have not yet filled the slots for dinner. As you know, our students rely on having a full dinner at Incarnation House. It enables their minds and bodies to function and engage with the rest of our programming. Last semester we were on our own for many meals throughout the first month of school. With only three people on staff it is a struggle for us to cook and manage dinner along with the rest of our program. Would you consider providing a meal for us so that we can maximize the impact of our time with these students? We cannot do this without you. Thank you for partnering with us in such an important way!

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Meals Needed

Posted Oct 10, 2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

“Why do you think Incarnation House exists?” We asked the students this question last week as we discussed our purpose. Over and over again we heard them say, “To feed us because most of us don’t have food at home.” Though it is just a piece of our purpose, it is an essential need for these kids. And yet, this year we have not had enough volunteers and resources to feed the students a full and hearty dinner every night. This year, our goal to feed the students snack and dinner each night has been a constant struggle as the three of us on staff try to take care of this task alongside the tasks of interacting with students who need more than just food, but also care, guidance, homework help, discipline, and attention. We need your help. Whether it is a snack, non-perishables for them to take home, dinner, or even donations, we need you to partner with us. We look forward to seeing you all soon!

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Thank You

Posted Sep 24, 2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Dear All, Thank you so much for providing dinners to our students. You have no idea how much a meal means to these kids and their families. We still have a few empty days on our calendar and we hope to see you all soon. Best, Anthony Valente

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Meal Train is Up and Running for Fall 2018

Posted Aug 9, 2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Dear All, Thank you very much for all the meals you have donated to our students last year. Our students value a home cooked meal every chance they get and for some it is the only real meal they may get in a day. Our account is up and running and we hope to see you all during the school year! Best, Anthony Valente

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May Dinners and Snack

Posted Apr 25, 2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Good morning! We are now to the last month of the school year and are so grateful for all of the meals and snacks and love you have provided our students this year. In the last nine months we have seen our students grow and mature in so many incredible ways. They are more a family today than they ever have been and a huge part of that is the family dinners we have every night. The opportunity to sit together, phones away, with a healthy and filling meal, all while enjoying community is an experience they do not get anywhere else. They have learned to like broccoli, brussel sprouts, and stew! Going home full means a good night sleep and more energy for school the next morning. This last month, with finals and STAAR Tests, having a healthy dinner could make a great impact on their success in the classroom this month. . There are still quite a few spots open in May and could use all the help we can get. Please sign up today to help our students finish the school year out strong! Thank you, The Incarnation House Students and Staff

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April Meals

Posted Mar 29, 2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Good morning! I cannot believe it is already (almost) April and, just like that, we only have 2 months left of school! The growth we have seen in our students this year is beyond belief. Every time a volunteer comes and tutors, brings food, or even just sits down to take the time to ask a young person about their day the walls that they have built up from a life of trauma and stress become a little smaller. Because of you, they are experiencing more love than ever before. By supporting our students, in big and small ways, you are telling them that they are worthy and valuable. For that, we could not be more grateful. As we get close to the end of the year, please come volunteer with us again and see how our kids are growing and maturing. We could not be a successful organization without you all. Thank you, The Incarnation House Staff

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Meals for Incarnation House

Posted Mar 1, 2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

I can hardly believe it is already March. This semester has flown by. Thank you so much to all of you! Every meal and snack that is provided for our students is another step towards stability in their lives. The students and I could not be more grateful for your love and support. The meal component of Incarnation House goes so far in helping this group feel like a family. Dinners together provide an opportunity to take a break from screen time, converse with their neighbors, and laugh. So much laughter takes place during dinner, and with laughter comes healing. Rather than simply providing food, you provide joy. We still have a few dates open for March meals if you would like to sign up. Please note that we will be taking a week off for Spring Break, so those dates are blocked out. Thank you again for your love. The Incarnation House students and staff.

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February Meals

Posted Jan 29, 2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Good morning! Thank you for your continued support of Incarnation House and it's mission to support homeless and housing insecure youth as they work to become successful adults. As our kids dream of everything that is possible in their future, sometimes lacking immediate needs prevents them from focusing on future goals. The meals that you provide, not only provide needed nutrients, but a full stomach helps our kids sleep at night, keeps them energized throughout the morning, and helps them focus on homework in the evenings. Filling the food gap also eliminates a major stressor in their lives. We cannot emphasize enough what your meals mean to the students at Incarnation House. The time, effort, and thought put into is so clear to each of our young people. As January comes to a close, please consider signing up for a meal in February. We still have plenty of spots open. Thank you for your time and love. The Incarnation House Students and Staff

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November Meals

Posted Nov 6, 2017 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Good morning! I hope you are doing well. It is hard to believe that it is already November. We are so grateful for your continued support of the students at Incarnation House. Our mission to influence the lives of these vulnerable youth is made possible because of your generosity and love for the students we serve. We still have some dinners available for sign-up in November, if your are able to help. The burden of providing dinner for this number of students does not escape us, and we are forever grateful to you. Thank you, Incarnation House Staff and Students

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October Meals and Snacks!

Posted Oct 2, 2017 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Thank you all for your continued support and generosity of the Incarnation House students. By providing them with dinner or snack, you are letting them know that they matter, they have value, and they have not been forgotten by the community. We are so grateful for the love you show them. As October begins, we are in desperate need of volunteers to sign up for meals. Please email Laura Mendoza, lmendoza@incarnationhouse.org , with any questions. Thank you, Incarnation House

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February

Posted Feb 7, 2017 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Dear wonderful volunteers. Thank you so much to those of you that have brought meals for our students! We are still in need of a few meals this month and any help would be greatly appreciated. You all are a blessing to this organization and our students. Thank you, Laura Mendoza

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Change in Numbers,

Posted Nov 17, 2016 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Dear Generous Volunteers, Firstly I want to thank each and every one of you for your generous donations of food to out students. Because of the success of our program, we had to raise the number of students on meal train from 30 to 35. Thank you again for your generosity and I hope to see you all soon and have a happy Thanksgiving. Best, Anthony Valente

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New Student Amount

Posted Nov 10, 2016 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Dear Generous Volunteers, Thank you for making our program successful, if it was not for volunteers such as yourselves, we would not be as successful as we are. Because of our success, we have more students. We are now averaging 30 students a night, so we have now raised our number to 30 on meal train. Best, Anthony Valente

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Fall Snacks and Dinners

Posted Aug 8, 2016 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House

Good afternoon! We have had a great summer at Incarnation House and we are beginning to focus on the upcoming Fall Semester! We have 2 weeks left until the start of the school year and we could not be more excited for what we have planned! We are so grateful for all of you that volunteered to provide meals for our students during the Spring semester and the Summer and we hope you know what a blessing it is for these young people to KNOW they are going to have a good, healthy meal at the end of the day. We hope that you will be able to sign up to provide a meal or two this Fall! Dinners will look the same as they did in the Spring semester. We plan to start with about 15 students and will alter the numbers as needed. Dinner will begin at 6 every night. In addition to dinners, we have added snacks. We are beginning to emphasize the importance of healthy eating. We would love some volunteers to help by providing a healthy snack for after school each day. Some options: Cut up fruit (strawberries, watermelon, kiwi...things they don't get often), trail mix, home-made granola bars, celery and peanut butter, etc... If you have any questions, please email Laura Mendoza at lmendoza@incarnationhouse.org Thank you, The Incarnation House Staff

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