Gabe Anaya El Caldito’s Vice President, works with young adults from New Mexico State University. He leads these young people every 1st Sunday of the month. His core group is from Tau Kappa Epsilon, boys that he guides and mentors as an alumnae of the TKE fraternity.
Words from Gabe… ” Public Service has been my career, having been a teacher for 30 years and a Army Reservist for 30 years. Working with people seem natural for me during retirement. The soup kitchen allows me to work with other retired people, other volunteers as well as students. “
Alexander Avila TKE President is learning his way around the kitchen. Perhaps in the future he will be the next GABE mentoring young people.
Words from Alex Avila… ” Community service has always been a staple of our fraternity. We are always looking to venture out and help our local area in any way we can, and El Caldito Soup Kitchen provides us with that opportunity. Our guys have truly enjoyed committing their time for the past three years. We see it as our civic responsibility, but also our chance to give back to the community. El Caldito brings people together to help feed our community and that is why we come back every time.”
The clients are in for a treat today. Fried tortillas for the tacos and homemade green chili salsa.
Gabe and his TKE Friends! Sundays with Gabe involves not only fraternities, but sororities come and do their part too.
Last Saturday on April 5th between 4-7 PM, The United Military Women of the SouthWest sponsored a Spaghetti Dinner. Many people helped to make this a success. Rebecca McNair organized the crew from El Caldito to prepare the meal. We would like to thank, Jeff Sieburg, Betty Tomei, Gabe Anaya, several people from the Mesilla Valley Community of Hope’s Transitional Home on Oak Street and others who helped out behind the scenes.
Karen Woods from the United Military Women of the SouthWest, spear headed the volunteers from the military. Father Ricardo from St. Genevieve’s Catholic Church Blessed the food and Blessed the people who did the preparation, before the doors were open.
We appreciate United Military Women of the South West and THANK ALL OF THEM who made this event a success!
On March 18th, The El Caldito Board of Directors invited the crew chiefs to an informative dinner meeting. The dinner was provided by Lorenzo’s Catering service. We had a very good turn out and appreciate our crew chiefs attending.
The Buffet has begun. Bob and Jeff served themselves after our crew chiefs had been seated.
Some enjoy eating and some enjoy talking.
We were very happy with the turn out. People spoke and everyone had an opportunity to ask questions.
Wil had everyone listening, don’t be fooled by this photo. It wasn’t all that serious., there were lots of a chuckles too.
This celebration for Harriet was put on by the Monday Crew from El Caldito Soup Kitchen. This Crew has worked together for a very long time and will truly miss Harriet, when she leave Las Cruces to move back with her family. Harriet has been a volunteer at El Caldito Soup Kitchen for over 20 years.
Harriet and Corry share a special moment together.
Harriet had many guests to greet.
We are here today to celebrate your time with us. As long as we can remember you have volunteered in the Soup Kitchen which is probably twenty years. Your job distributing cups and bread was always done with a smile, and the clients always responded to your smile and sweet demeanor.
Your life here in Las Cruces has been full and productive. You did not sit back and do nothing. You are active in the community through Symphony and your Women’s Club, just to name a few. Your financial generosity to the Symphony made it possible for concerts to feature special artists. You and your husband opened your home to students, nurturing and guiding them. Today they are your extended family.
The Monday Crew at the Soup Kitchen has missed you these past months. After all you are our “Captain” or better “The Boss”. The truth is we are very sad that you will be leaving Las Cruces. We will miss your smile and your quiet presence. For many years you opened your home to our Monday Crew for a potluck gathering. Without realizing it, your generosity brought us closer together which helped to make Monday in the Soup Kitchen a place to be with friends.
We will miss you but we wish you the best knowing you will be with family who will look after you.
There is the phone and pen and paper and I know some of us will keep in touch. We wish you the best and pray you will continue to heal so you can enjoy this new page in your life.
Written by Vera Schwartz
Many people shared their thoughts about Harriet!!!
We wish Harriet the BEST!!!
Students from St. Mary’s High School on the Holy Cross Campus, in Las Cruces, NM,began their Lenten Journey this year helping El Caldito Soup Kitchen by doing a variety of jobs. John Aldas, Theology teacher, at the school organized this activity and was accompanied by 2 other teachers.
Sasha helped cook bacon and onions to give flavor to Betty’s dish. This was just one of the many jobs that students participated in.
Both boys had a coffee bean grinder and spent a much of their time grinding whole coffee beans for us. Thanks Guys!!!
Everyone pitched in to bag two cases of pecans for us. Our bakers will be pleased to see smaller quantities.
We appreciated these two students that helped chop the needed quantities of onions for our soup and side dishes.
Parents, give your kids, crackers, cheese spread and sushi and see what they come up with. All our clients enjoyed this treat on the buffet line.
Students and teachers helped out with this task.
At the end of two hours much was accomplished. We are grateful to the hardworking students and their teachers who came to help us out with food preparations. We hope you will join us again.
I Have a Deal for YOU!!! Many New Mexico State University groups on campus need to earn volunteer credit for classes. By volunteering they show that their organization is giving back to the community.
Here’s the Deal!!!
The United Military Women of the SouthWest are sponsoring a Spaghetti Dinner on April 5, 2014 from 4PM – 7PM to raise money for El Caldito Soup Kitchen and Mesilla Valley Community of Hope. The dinner will be at 999 West Amador at El Caldito. Tickets are $5.00…a good price for a Saturday night dinner for a college student. El Caldito will be making homemade spaghetti, salad and garlic bread. We will offer take-out meals.
The Deal!!! It’s EASY!!!
Sell 1o tickets and earn 1 credit hour for volunteering at El Caldito. Talk to friends about having a Spaghetti Dinner Party. Collect $5.00 from each person and contact Donna at email@example.com. I will give you tickets and volunteer credit for every $50.00 you bring to me.
Make it a contest between different on campus organizations!!!
This is easy…help us out.
When you contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org, put the word “TICKETS” in the subject line. One last thing….it will make you feel good, knowing you have helped a person in need to be able to have a hot nutritious meal at noon at our kitchen.
Put a another SMILE on Gabe Anaya’s face by supporting this fundraiser.
HELP US EARN MORE THAN LAST YEAR!!! THANK YOU!
As our client numbers rise our facility ages. In 2009 we served 60,000 meals, however at the end of 2013, we were serving more than 100,000 meals. Through donations we have been able to upgrade our equipment as needed and now we are making some changes to our kitchen to make it more efficient and give us more work space.
ENJOY SEEING SOME CHANGES!!!