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Wednesdays…Crew Leaders: Anaya, Levasseur, and Cleveland!!!

September 20, 2014
Gabe Anaya always giving...here at El Caldito.

Gabe Anaya always giving…here at El Caldito.

 

Don’t look surprised Gabe.. you not only work and organize the soup, each and every Friday. You helped to organize Wednesdays.  Rose Marie gives a great synopsis of   just how these Wednesday people came to help.

“Board member Gabe Anaya guides the diverse group of volunteers on Wednesdays.  The backbone of the group has been there a few years.  RoseMarie Levasseur and her husband Wil Lamarre…..also a board member…..have been there 9 years since moving from Maine.  They walked in one Wednesday and Gabe put the handcuffs on them!!  Locals and members of St. Andrews church, Bob Cleveland and Richard Hiss have been there 8 years…..best gophers in Las Cruces!!  Debby and Tom Holt moved from Illinois.  Gabe nabbed them 5 1/2 years ago when they walked in one day too.   The gleaners play an extremely important role by arriving mid morning with choice morsels from various parts of the city.  Together this group will work miracles to guarantee a meal just like mom used to make!  Our goal is to provide a well balanced meal with the maximum amount of nourishment.
Snowbirds, Diane and Robin Fovargue from Canada and Karl Teggert from Chicago are sorely missed in the summer months.  Gene and Daniel can be counted on to wash our sticky pots and dirty dishes!  Dear Conchita is always there quietly putting trays together and serving up dessert.  We round out our crew with several drop in volunteers and community service.
Our motto is always smile and be pleasant.  You never know when you may be on the other side of the food line!!”
Bob Cleveland and Rose Marie do their part to create dishes and may things flow smoothly on Wednesdays.

Bob Cleveland and Rose Marie do their part to create dishes and make things flow smoothly on Wednesdays.

 

Today, Dick Hiss is serving up the soup.

Today, Dick Hiss is serving up the soup.

 

Hard Boiled Eggs and Sushi!!!

Marvin with the Hard Boiled Eggs and Sushi!!!

 

Sandy usually works Fridays, but this Wednesday she adds an extra hand.

Sandy usually works Fridays, but this Wednesday she adds an extra hand.

 

That dessert looks GOOD!!!

That dessert looks GOOD!!!

 

Gabe organizes and cooks too!!!

Gabe organizes and cooks too!!!

 

THANK YOU Wednesday Volunteers and Crew Chiefs!!!

Cally Williams Helps …EMPTY BOWLS!!!

September 20, 2014

Cally Opens Her Pottery Studio

Cally gets more glazes out for people to se.

Cally gets more glazes out for people to use.

 

Cally Williams Pottery

331 Capri Arc

Las Cruces, New Mexico 88005

(575)  526-5250

callywill@hotmail.com

Las Cruces Art Association members help out.

Las Cruces Art Association members help out.

 

Steve Binks adds lots of color to his bowl.  Can't wait to see what it looks like after it is fired.

Steve Blinks adds lots of color to his bowl. Can’t wait to see what it looks like after it is fired.

 

Glaze Chips helps the artist know what the fired color will look like.

Glaze Chips help the artist know what the fired color will look like.

 

For the past couple of years Cally has opened her studio to local artists and friends to help glaze the bowls for the EMPTY BOWLS  event.  Don’t forget to buy your ticket from the following businesses or members of the Potters’ Guild of Las Cruces or an El Caldito Board Member.

 

Bernina Sewing & Design         Boudreau Jewelers &Gallery        Cutter Gallery

Main Street Bistro         Friendly Flowers          Mountain View Market          NM Spanish Kitchen

Save Mart          Spirit Winds          The Potteries (Mesilla)             Color Your World

Kathy Groves is concentrates on her design.

Kathy Groves concentrates on her design.

 

Molly Wilkerson creates a vibrant design.

Molly Wilkerson creates a vibrant design.

 

Rosario Jeremias has a theme in mind.

Rosario Jeremias has a theme in mind.

 

All these bowls will be on display at the Rio Grande Theatre on Main Street the night of the October Ramble.  Mark your calendar for October 3rd from 5PM to  7PM.   They are part of the Silent Auction.  Make a bid and also buy a ticket to the  EMPTY BOWLS EVENT and see if your bid wins the item. 

SEE YOU at the EMPTY BOWLS EVENT on OCTOBER 17, 2014 from 11AM  to  2PM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church. The church is on the corner of Griggs and Alameda.

 

 

SLEET, SNOW, DARK of NIGHT…WE’LL ALWAYS SERVE OUR CLIENTS RIGHT!!!

September 6, 2014

POWER OUTAGE!!!

Friday, September 5, 2014, we found our building dark and out of power.  We guess the STORM over night knocked it out.  El Paso Electric and RT Electric, came to the rescue.  However without power we went to plan “B”…Sack Lunches. Bob and Chuck began to  get the tuna ready.

Just a little light from the window.

Just a little light from the window.

Words from Herb, our board member in charge of our physical plant.

The heavy rain caused a short in the power lines running from the main transformer to the building where El Caldito resides. El Paso Electric was very responsive, quickly determining what happened then advising us on what we needed to do to fix the problem. The Community of Hope rallied bringing the city maintenance over to figure out what was the best way to restore power. Since replacing the power lines was going to be very time consuming, they immediately looked for a portable generator. As you can see in the pictures, it’s not a small generator. All our refrigerators, ice machine, freezers, HVAC units consume a significant amount of power. RT Electric swarmed in to attach and bring up the generator giving us power about 12:30. A very big thanks to the folks at El Paso Electric, the Community of Hope, Las Cruces maintenance, and RT Electric, what a team!!!
Checking out the problem.

El Paso Electric workers checked out the problem.

 

El Paso Electric Cherry Picker Truck

 

RT Electric begins to hook up the generator.

RT Electric began to hook up the generator.

 

The Generator works...YEAH!!!

The Generator worked…YEAH!!!

 

While many people worked outside on the problem the Friday Team worked hard to get lunch ready by 11:30 AM!

Tuna Fish!!!

Tuna Fish!!!

 

Donna with Tomatoes

Donna’s job on the assembly line was to add the tomatoes to the tuna sandwiches.

 

 

Jeff has the donut table under control.

Jeff had the donut table under control.

 

 

This little toddler seems content having lunch with Dad.

This little toddler seemed content having lunch with Dad.

 

Nancy and Dotty pass out cups and chips.

Nancy and Dotty passed out cups and chips.

 

 

Sandy with Lunch Sacks

Sandy filled the lunch sacks with 2 sandwiches.

 

 

Sylvia, greets our clients with a SMILE!!!

Sylvia, greeted our clients with a SMILE!!!

 It really did seem like it took a village to keep our operations at El Caldito working smoothly!!!  We would like to say Thank you to everyone who helped us out on Friday!!!

3rd Tuesday Team

August 31, 2014

El Caldito has many volunteers including many local churches who provide volunteers.  I have been trying to get into the kitchen on different days of the month to feature different groups of people. This post I’d like to highlight members of the 3rd Tuesday Team.  Shelli the Crew Chief for this team has graciously shared some thoughts with me. 

Crew Chief Shelli Davis

Crew Chief Shelli Davis

For over 20 years members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (also known as Latter Day Saints or LDS or Mormon Church) have provided the crew for the third Tuesday of each month.  Our service crew is unique in that we pull volunteers from 8 separate congregations.  These 8 units called wards are assigned on a rotating basis. Our crew members are different each month, so in the course of a year we have 80 to 100 church members who donate 2 to 4 hours of their time at the soup kitchen.   Current crew chief Shelli Davis with help from long time volunteers EC Shaeffer, Alexis Brionas and dishwasher Eugene  McNeil,  work with our crew in  joyfully preparing and serving food to all who come.    We truly believe in these words found in Matthew 25:40 “…In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.”

 

Please enjoy  the following photos.

 

Joyce Soward and Helen Cooley

Ellen Shaeffer

El Caldito would like to thank all the people who give of their time on the 3rd Tuesday of each month.

 

 

El Caldito Celebrates 30 YEARS!!!

August 21, 2014

El Caldito Board is very pleased to open their doors to the people who have made El Caldito Soup Kitchen a success.  Businesses have contributed, church groups have volunteered, NMSU students and faculty and Las Cruces Public School’s students and faculty have all been there to help.  Our local  military personnel from White Sands Missile Range  and Holloman Air Force Base have given their time too.  Individuals from all walks of Life have made our daily operations a success!!!!  Thank You!

 

The  El Caldito Board gathered in July to plan the future of El Caldito.

The El Caldito Board gathered in July to plan the future of El Caldito.

 

One of the events that they planned was the 30th Anniversary Celebration.

Betty and Julie  are working to prepare for the party.

Betty and Julie are working to prepare for the party.

 

Almost time to put the food out.

Almost time to put the food out.

 

Gabe and Lydia working on Spread for the Bread.

Gabe and Lydia working on Spread for the Bread.

 

Becky our Special Events Coordinator greets a Target Family who came to help set-up and enjoy the party.

Becky,  our Special Events Coordinator greets a Target Family who came to help set-up and enjoy the party.

 

The party was a success and we all look forward to another 30 years FEEDING THE HUNGRY in our community.

Enjoy the collage of photos!!!

The party begins and people are welcomed .

The party begins and people are welcomed.

 

Olga from the city council attends our event and is getting ready to hear the proclamation.

Olga, from the city council,  attends our event and is getting ready to hear the proclamation.

 

Gabe our PRESIDENT should be proud of all that he has accomplished with El Caldito Soup Kitchen.  He made it happen and is still guiding us each and every day.

Gabe our PRESIDENT,  should be proud of all that he has accomplished with El Caldito Soup Kitchen. He made it happen and is still guiding us each and every day.

 

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Conquistidor and Julie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are PROUD to  have given to our community.  Thanks to all who have made our first 30Years SUCCESSFUL and here’s to those people who will carry our mission forward for another 30 YEARS!!!

Second Sunday needs a few Volunteers

August 14, 2014
Chuck Pritchett getting ready to serve our clients.

Chuck Pritchett getting ready to serve our clients.

Chuck and his wife Sue have been crew chiefs on the 2nd Sunday of every month.  This past Sunday Sue was not feeling well and a few regular volunteers were out of town.  The team of about 6 people worked really hard preparing and getting food ready to serve at 11:30 AM. 

 

Delicious SALAD prepared by Helen.

Delicious SALAD prepared by Helen.

 

The serving line crew.

The serving line crew.

Merle, Julie and Helen greeted people with a smile and served our clients from 11:30AM until 1:00PM.

As we work hard as volunteers, we also enjoy each other's company.

As we work hard as volunteers, we also enjoy each others company.

 

Teresa and Jeff had their hands full washing dishes too.  Our dishwahser was not working well and they did everything by hand.  THE GOOD OLD FASHION WAY!!!

Teresa and Jeff had their hands full washing dishes too. Our dishwasher was not working well and they did everything by hand. THE GOOD OLD FASHION WAY!!!

 

One Dad and his son were among about 100 people who ate lunch with us on  Sunday.

One Dad and his son were among about 100 people who ate lunch with us on Sunday.

 

Thank you Roberto for taking care of our dining room.  We couldn't have done it without you.

Thank you Roberto for taking care of our dining room. We couldn’t have done it without you.

 

This TEAM could use a few more people to help each 2nd Sunday.  If you are interested email Tonya at elcaldito@yahoo.com and give her your name and let her know.  

 

 

Highlights from El Caldito Soup Kitchen

July 16, 2014

First Tuesday Crew

 

Buz and Donna Bumgarner are the Crew Leaders and work with a wonderful group of people!!  The First Tuesday Team are primarily members of University United Methodist Church.  Members from our Church have assisted with the Soup Kitchen since its beginning , at St. Andrew’s  and at the present location. Some helped serve sandwiches from a pickup in the parking lot while El Caldito’s Kitchen was being finished. Our team is complemented by community service and members of other churches.

 

We appreciate these hard working people!

We appreciate these hard working people!

 

 

Buz working on the soup of the day.

Buz working on the soup of the day.

 

Donna Bumgarner, was out when the photo of this group was taken.  She and Buz organize the menu and enjoy working with this team.

Enjoy these photos.  If you know any of these people, be sure to thank them for their work and continued service to El Caldito Soup Kitchen.

Daily desserts are cut and put on trays to serve during lunch time.

Daily desserts are cut and put on trays to serve during lunch time.

 

Hal and Annette get the vegetables ready.

Hal and Annette get the vegetables ready.

We need to also thank our local farmers for the fresh produce they donate during the summer.

 

 

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