This Thursday, on their days off during conference days, 36 LWMGS students and 15 parents/guardians will join John Platt, co-owner of St. Clouds restaurant in Madrona, in his kitchen for a special cooking project for the homeless. Mr. Platt, a former high school principal, is dedicated to “providing an hour of dignity and good food to people who find too little of both in their lives,” and created the Neighborhood Cooking Foundation to do just that. Each third Wednesday of the month he invites neighbors, friends, and a generous community of volunteers to come together and cook dinner for over 450 people utilizing the services of organizations such as the YWCA Women and Children’s Shelter, The Men’s Inn, the Cherry Street YWCA, Peace for the Streets, Tent City, and Jubilee Women’s Center. Our group will be cooking on a special Thursday L-Dub session for 150 women at the YWCA Angeline's Women's Center in Belltown.
YWCA Angeline's Women's Center is a safe, welcoming, supportive, and supervised drop-in center for homeless and low-income women 18 years and older. It serves as many as 300 women each day and more than 2,300 each year. Women who visit Angeline's can enjoy meals in the dining room, leave their belongings in large lockers, care for their personal hygiene in showers and bathrooms, and clean their clothes in the laundry rooms. They can take refuge from the cold, talk to counselors, get medical treatment, or simply sit and rest. On Friday, our students will serve the Angeline's women a hot meal that they've made, and sit down to eat with them as well.
Our students and families will be contributing food donations and ideas to Mr. Platt on Thursday, and together, based on the ingredients and skills in the room, the group will come up with the menu...and get to work!
Thank you to Mr. Platt and St. Clouds for inviting our school to support this good work, participate in this important lesson of giving back to the community, and to stand with (and hopefully lift the spirits of) other women.