DEXTER, ME- Catholic Charities Maine recently awarded Our Lady’s Kitchen, a parish social ministry project of Our Lady of the Snows Parish in Dexter, with the Matthew 25 Award.
The Matthew 25 Award is given to a parish/cluster directly serving people in their community who are in need, regardless of faith affiliation and includes a monetary award of $5,000 for the parish/cluster to use to support and expand its social ministry to the community.
Our lady’s kitchen not only provides food, but they work to enhance the human dignity of every person that comes to Sunday dinner, regardless of their status in life. Teams of volunteers provide a welcoming family environment so each guest can feel at home. A greeter hugs each guest and welcomes them warmly. Guests gather in a family style dining set up with real dishes and silverware as if they were at someone’s house for Sunday dinner. Volunteers work tirelessly to make sure that the 80-100 people who come have enough food during the week and volunteers also take the time to check in with families or individuals that may be struggling in their community.
Pictured is Steve Letourneau, CEO of Catholic Charities Maine; Jane Young, Parish Life Coordinator; Kathi Lombard, Volunteer; and Father Kent Ouellette accepting the award before serving dinner.
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