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Cooks needed~

Posted Apr 12, 2022 by Lorelei Bowers

Hi 🌱 Quick shout out to all our past and present cooks. As the daylight lengthens and the season changes, a few friends are needing to step back in their meal prep or lessen the number of days they can commit to. I would like to invite you to participate in our efforts to bring a comfort of home to unhoused neighbors. Can you spare an afternoon once a month, 2x a month, or weekly to make meals? You are welcome to send an email to services at bridge2services dot com and we will send you the Bridge2services mealtrain link. Thank you 😊 for considering this opportunity! Every meal counts~

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Knowing the names of our neighbors ~

Posted Mar 26, 2022 by Lorelei Bowers

Yes, we give meals and supplies. Yes, we stand with a person stumbling for support. Yes, we laugh alongside a fellow community member, and meet people at their homes- RV, car, tent or grocery cart. Mostly, we listen. We care. We know our neighbors names. The cooks on the B2S mealtrain, allow outreach advocates to find out their names. Relationships change people. Thank you for being part of the Bridge2services team 💙

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THANK YOU 😊

Posted Feb 27, 2022 by Lorelei Bowers

The support from this community is overwhelming. Thank you! One simple call out for support during a cold snap was all that was needed. Donations for propane came in, extra meals and words of encouragement. Outreach was on the ground day and night doing welfare checks and bringing meals/ supplies. We are all so grateful to everyone here equipping us with what is needed to Bridge unhoused to services. THANK YOU ~

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Cold snap~

Posted Feb 21, 2022 by Lorelei Bowers

Nightime freezing weather needs: If anyone can donate wool, fleece, house blankets, or sleeping bags, socks, gloves, hot cocoa/ apple cider packets... they can be life-saving for unsheltered neighbors in the next few days. We can accept donations and get them to Outreachers for immediate distribution. Drop off locations at: * Bellingham: 3016 Bennet Dr. * Blaine/ Birch Bay: 4815 Alderson Dr. We also need donations for propane to fuel the heaters we passed out earlier this winter. It costs $20 to fill a tank. As always, Thank you! 😊 for your continued meal making support. https://donorbox.org/ bridge2services

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Mealtrain Q&A~

Posted Jan 29, 2022 by Lorelei Bowers

The response to yesterday's update has been incredibly encouraging- Thank you 😊 A few new cooking inquiries inspired this Q&A. If you have questions please contact me at: * services@bridge2services.com 🌟Some Bridge2services Mealtrain details: Lydia deals with purchasing ingredients, Flip handles coordinating container/ ingredient pick up, and I manage the mealtrain schedule and introducing new cooks to our Bridge2services mealtrain system. We have a crew of outreach workers distributing the meals, at times 2 teams go out per night. We can give out up to 100 meals a night no problem, hence why there are duplicate meal slots on days. We also have separate outreach workers going out in Blaine/ Birch Bay/ Ferndale to distribute meals and there are now meal slots specific to those needs. Q&A: 1) Do I put the food in individual containers? Yes. As outreach workers we place the Individual meals into our backpacks and walk into camps with them to Individual tents/ cars. 2) Do you provide the containers? Cooks have the option to purchase their own containers or they can coordinate with Flip to do a container pick up.Our container pick up is in Northern Bellingham, and Birch Bay. For Bellingham we have a cooler in shed for freedom of time for pick ups and health safety. In Birch Bay it is at a community center, and you can coordinate pick up with me. 3) Do you pick up meals? Pick up of meals depends on the day you choose. * Mondays, Thursday, Friday - Lydia is the outreach you coordinate with for times * Tuesdays, Saturdays- you coordinate with me. Typically pick up is sometime between 6-8pm. * Wednesdays- Dick is the outreach you coordinate with. He distributes lunches and can pick up sometime between 1:30- 2:30 typically. Outreach workers will know who is their cook for the day and reach out to get a more accurate pick up time figured out. We use coolers to help transport the meals. There is drop off options also. Contact me for the address. 4) I would like to use my own ingredients, is that ok? Yes you can 😀 We also provide select ingredients. You would coordinate that with Flip. I will provide you with her contact info. 5) I read that casseroles are preferred to soups, is that correct? Outreach workers place the containers into back packs and in some camps it is quite a trek into the woods to get to the tents. Soups tend to spill and get damaged. We need meals that aren't liquid. Meal ex: Burritos, stir fry, mac/ cheese, thick chili... 6) How full do I fill the containers? Right to the tippy top. Two reasons- Cost. We are 100% reliant on donations. Containers are an expense to our budget. Filling them reduces waste. Campers are hungry. If containers are only half full we give two meals. Please fill containers to the top. Let me know if you have more questions. I don't mind answering them at all 😀 HUGE thank you's to all for your continued support! B2S Outreach Team~

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$20= full tank of Propane=warmth

Posted Jan 28, 2022 by Lorelei Bowers

Hi 🌱 THANK YOU 😊 to all the cooks! Your warm meals really is a life/ death changer. Really. So, has our propane exchange program this winter. We take their empties, fill them and bring the full one to exchange again. We run this program when the temps hit 32. They are. $20 fills a tank on avg. We have 15 tanks to fill. If everyone gives $20, $10 or $5 this exchange can continue. We will be the feet on the ground. Can you be the donations to fuel our giving? Sincerely, ~ B2S outreach workers~

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Friends, floods & cooking logistics ~

Posted Dec 2, 2021 by Lorelei Bowers

Hi 🌱 First ,a huge THANK YOU 😊 to all cooks. And an invitation to visit the bridge2services fb group to see an fb live from two campers expressing their gratitude to all who support the unhoused community: https://www.facebook.com/groups/863531634518738/?ref=share Floods; I hope everyone has been safe and dry. If you have been affected, please reach out if you need anything. Certain encampments felt the wrath of the rain- Walmart camp now has a raging river to pass over to get out of their area, and Irongate/ swamp camps flooded to the point that campers relocated either permanently or temporarily. A list of support needs can be found here: https://www.thebridgehope.com/b2s.html COOKING LOGISTICS~ Winter months brings darker days, damp conditions and slippery terrain for outreach workers. To help with easier meal delivery: * Cook casseroles vs. soups (aka liquids = messes) Rice can be cooked in the soup broth for thickness. Proteins/Carbs/Fats are fabulous for this cold season. * Fill containers full. A full belly helps a person stay warm, plus it causes the containers to be sturdier in a backpack when going down trail. * Mealtrain system recap- 👉Flip- contact about ingredients/ containers, and misc donations. 👉Lydia- ingredient support/ purchasing and storage, outreach pick up 👉Lorelei- ingredient support, outreach pick up, mealtrain scheduling management * outreach pick up- Please keep meals warm in the oven until outreach shows up for meals. It saves us a task to do, getting us out to camps faster. Remember outreach has many stops to make with our priority on building relationships. We work on ish time and may be late for a pick up due to a camper needing to chat. Please have patience with us and trust...we will show up 😉 Once again, thank you for all the encouragement through donations. It is absolutely delightful to be working with such an amazing team of people. Please contact me via fb messaging, text or email if you have any questions or concerns, Lorelei Bowers~ Services@bridge2services.com (360) 366-8763

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Mealtrain, supplies, links...oh my!!

Posted Sep 14, 2021 by Lorelei Bowers

Mealtrain🌱 Soup brigade cooks have been feeding from 45 to 100 campers a night all winter, spring and summer. Bridge2services outreach take the meals to the camps that aren't reached by local resources regularly. Huge THANKS! to the people that have continuously signed up on the B2S meal train. We are always looking for more cooks. Home cooked meals fill a belly and warm the heart to a reaching hand~ If you are interested email Lorelei at Services@bridge2services.com Supplies🌱 With cold weather creeping in fast: coats, boots, hats/gloves/scarves are all in need. We are switching from water bottles as a high need to cocoa packets, apple cider pkgs, and water gallons as a new ask. Donations of Straw bales, wood, tents and tarps would be appreciated as we stock up for the cold days ahead. Any help in these areas are greatly appreciated! For the bridge2services current supply list please refer to the following links below regularly for updates. Links🌱 Stay up to date on Homelessness in Whatcom County, the needs of our unhoused neighbors and encampment reports. Check out the below online Bridge2services links, fb group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/863531634518738/?ref=share Current supply list: https://donorbox.org/bridge2services Web page: https://www.thebridgehope.com/b2s.html Prefer email? Send a hello to this email and be placed on our email list for regular updates. Services@bridge2services.com People helping people~ That's what we all are. Thank you for supporting us in our efforts- you are appreciated 🙏

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Mealtrain sign ups, water and Memorial 🚲

Posted Aug 16, 2021 by Lorelei Bowers

Hi! This weekend family and friends as far away as California and Arlington, and as close as the camps in our nearby area, gathered to remember Buster Be. For those who didn't know him, Buster was well know by many people- in the unhoused and advocacy communities. Many the night he was bringing your meals out to campers with another outreach worker. Incredible stories were told of his gregarious, charming, giving personality. A morning vigil took place at St.Joes hospital while a donor flag was raised after his heart was given to a recipient in need. The Buster Be Wacky bike parade began a Celebration of Life and ended at a well known spot called the stairway to heaven, where people were invited to write a message on a rock to leave, keep or bring to an important to them spot. Your donations of water were given out, as well as supplies and snacks. Thanks to all who donated! A NOTE TO COOKS: Please sign up on the mealtrain as soon as you can; preferably 2 weeks in advance if not a month. This helps us prepare to plan how to fill the gaps. Thank you! And, as always, more cooks are needed. We reach all the camps with 100 meals a night! Thank you 😊 to all the cooks sharing your time by cooking meals. You are appreciated 💛

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👆🔥=👆💧need for 🏕

Posted Jun 25, 2021 by Lorelei Bowers

The heat is on! and water donations are needed. Please let friends/ family/ neighbors know bridge2services has a drop spot for donations at: 3016 Bennet Dr. Entrance off Cedarwood. $ donations can be made: * through this mealtrain Or *https://donorbox.org/ bridge2services Hydration mixes are welcomed (the kind that can be mixed into water). Thank you for considering this way of helping. Outreach workers will be going out more this weekend, and having water on hand to give out is appreciated. Thank you! 😊

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Summer

Posted Jun 12, 2021 by Lorelei Bowers

Hi! "You all are the best mealtrain team EVER! " An unhoused neighbor wanted me to pass this message on 🙂❤ Many cooks are now adding water to their meal donations, and we appreciate this so much. Water needs are increasing. Bridge2services has partnered with another nonprofit, Ordinary to Extraordinary - O2E. This group has been primarily bringing breakfasts to camps behind Walmart, an area we have been hoping to bridge to. This connection will enable us to assist in bringing ID services to campers in that area. The month of May we were successful in bridging many people to ID services, a single mom from car dwelling to residence, supporting HomesNow in SwiftHaven....and of course nightly distribution of meals made you wonderful cooks. Thank you! and know we appreciate your efforts tremendously~

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Add water to the menu!

Posted May 17, 2021 by Lorelei Bowers

As the sun shines water needs increase. We go through 1 almost 2 flats of water each daily outreach. Please consider purchasing a flat of water and giving it with your meals. Or give a donation through the mealtrain donation option. This would be a great help. We have had a few new people join our cook community. Welcome! Here is a short list of meals that go over really well: * Shepherds pie * African peanut stew * Curry on rice * Any creamy pasta with meat * Tomato pasta with meat + cream * Cheesy casserole * Burritos with mashed beans, not whole * NO lentils- they are not liked in any form As always, contact Fl!p about ingredients needed and we will see about getting that for you. And- HUGE thanks! Your efforts are appreciated by our unhoused neighbors and the outreach workers. If you would like regular updates on outreach, email me at: loreleib@thebridgehope.com I'll send you the bridge2services newsletter "Under the Bridge". Blessings, Lorelei~

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April

Posted Apr 4, 2021 by Lorelei Bowers

Hi & thank you! I've been trying this week to meet all the cooks I can in real life (6ft away, and behind a mask). You all are such an important part of the mealtrain, and I wanted to say thank you in person. The outreach workers wouldn't have hotmeals without you all ❤ Happy news! Fl!p has agreed to write up an on the ground (otg) update to send out tomorrow to you all. Today, I am tasked to email housekeeping notes: 🌱 Please fill in your meal slots for the month of April, if you can, or as many weeks as fits your schedule. We need to see the slots filled. Then otg outreach can confidently tell campers they will return the next day. 🌱 We chatted with campers about food they have been enjoying. The results: spaghetti, burritos, corndogs, mac/cheese, soup, goulash, meatloaf. Individually wrapped these can go far. We didn't get the best response about lentils though- something to note. 🌱 we are serving 75 meals an evening and could do at least 100. Again, your meals are golden to our unhoused neighbors. Look forward to seeing your names pop up on the mealtrain! 🌿Lorelei~

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Urgent Mealtrain need

Posted Mar 28, 2021 by Lorelei Bowers

Hi, Gratitude to all of you that provide meals for our tiny home residents and unhoused neighbors. We outreach workers rely on your generosity- thank you! Since the Laurel Park sweep campers have dispersed into many tiny camps throughout Bellingham. We have been nightly taking your donated meals to these areas. The food is ALWAYS recieved with great appreciation. Since on the ground need is so high we will be redirecting swift haven meals. The residents there have found their kitchen rhythm and aren't in need of meals as much. There will be 3 slots for otg meals each day. Yep, 75 meals actually will be placed in the hands of a hungry person every night. The need has increased that much! Find your day(s), join and know how much you are helping by providing a hotmeal for a outreach worker to give out. Thank you! Added supply needs on the ground are: * batteries a, aaa, d * hand/toe warmers * water * tarps * tents * $ for meal containers, propane and spontaneous food needs. Most importantly.... we need hotmeals. Please look over the below link and join where it is most convenient to you. We need to know ahead of time who our cooks will be. Then we know whether to bring extra non-perishable cold snacks. If you have any questions and/or concerns please email me or Fl!p. Blessings and Love/ Lorelei~

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Meals needed today

Posted Mar 23, 2021 by Lorelei Bowers

Hi, Our outreach team is in need of 35 meals TODAY. Short notice, I know. If there is a cook/ or cooks that would be able to prepare meals in containers (individually wrapped) that would be greatly appreciated. Hot potato meals, corn dogs, burritos...even meat sandwiches.. doesn't need to be complicated. Thank you for considering, and HUGE thanks for all the meals you have served in the past. Blessings/ Lorelei~

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