How you can help
Posted 04/16/2020 by Paige Gibson
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
Mac ‘n cheese cups
Bag of salad
Shredded cheddar cheese
Campbell’s soup cups
Canned goods: black beans, green beans, corn, soup
Soap and/or body wash
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!
IH Evenings Canceled
Posted 03/18/2020 by Meredith Carpenter
As you may have guessed, Incarnation House has suspended regular programming for the foreseeable future. We will resume if and when school comes back into session. This means that we will NOT need the regular dinners you have signed up for.
We DO still need to provide food for our students, though. If you would like to make your dinner at home and provide it in smaller containers or frozen for us to deliver to our students' homes, we will accept those donations.
Please contact Paige Gibson if you have any other questions or thoughts or want to coordinate a time to drop off a meal. Her number is 940-594-9388. This is a challenging time for everyone, especially our students, so please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you for your dedication and provision! We will let you know if we are able to resume regular scheduling.
Urgent: Meals needed this week!
Posted 03/02/2020 by Paige Gibson
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.
Posted 12/03/2019 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.
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!
Posted 05/02/2019 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House
Wow! What a year! You all are incredible! Our students ate like kings and queens this year. The abundance of amazing homemade meals, sides, and snacks, and the fantastic catered meals truly changed the lives of our students. They got to have so many well-balanced and delicious meals, enabling them to have better brain power and physical energy. We are overwhelmed with gratitude. Thank you for all of your hard work and generosity!!
We will be taking a break from providing meals this summer, but we look forward to working with you all again in August. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of at-risk teens in Dallas!
Posted 03/27/2019 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!
Spring Semester Dinner
Posted 01/02/2019 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!
Posted 10/10/2018 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!
Issue with Grill
Posted 10/02/2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House
Thank you for wanting to donate food to our students. Unfortunately we are having issues with our grill. If you were preparing dinner at our center and planned on using our grill please make other arrangements such as using our stove/oven or cooking it at home and devivering it here. I am sorry for the inconvience. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me.
Posted 09/24/2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House
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.
Meal Train is Up and Running for Fall 2018
Posted 08/09/2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House
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!
May Dinners and Snack
Posted 04/25/2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House
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!
The Incarnation House Students and Staff
Posted 03/29/2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House
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.
The Incarnation House Staff
Meals for Incarnation House
Posted 03/01/2018 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.
Posted 01/29/2018 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House
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
Posted 11/06/2017 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House
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.
Incarnation House Staff and Students
October Meals and Snacks!
Posted 10/02/2017 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, firstname.lastname@example.org , with any questions.
Posted 02/07/2017 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.
Change in Numbers,
Posted 11/17/2016 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.
New Student Amount
Posted 11/10/2016 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.
Fall Snacks and Dinners
Posted 08/08/2016 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House
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 email@example.com
The Incarnation House Staff
Summer Meal Schedule
Posted 06/08/2016 by Meredith Carpenter of Incarnation House
The summer schedule is out and we are in need of summer meals for our students. The center will open again June 20th - August 4th on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Thanks again for all that you do for our students.