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New Series: 1st Sunday Highlights!!!

April 15, 2014
Crew Chief... Gabe Anaya

Crew Chief… Gabe Anaya

 

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. “

 

Working together!

Working together!

 

Alexander Avila TKE President is learning his way around the kitchen.  Perhaps in the future he will be the next GABE mentoring young people.

 

Gabe Anaya and Alex Avila

Gabe Anaya and Alex Avila

 

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.”

 

Frying Tortillas!

Adrian Young is frying tortillas!

 

The clients are in for a treat today.  Fried tortillas for the tacos and homemade green chili salsa.

 

More of the Sunday Team working hard!

More of the Sunday Team working hard!

 

Gabe's TKE Guys

Gabe and his TKE Friends!  Sundays with Gabe involves not only fraternities, but sororities come and do their part too.

United Womens Military of the SouthWest sponsor Spaghetti Dinner!

April 9, 2014

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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.

Gabe and Ed with SpaghettiGabe Anaya and Ed McNair check the pasta.

Betty is happy she has the salad made.

Betty is happy she has the salad made.

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.

 

Father Ricardo and Karen Woods

Father Ricardo and Karen Woods

A smiling military volunteer.

A smiling military volunteer.

 

Linda Valentine sells the first ticket at the door.

Linda Valentine sells the first ticket at the door.

 

Karen Wood's friends are waiting to go through the serving line.

Karen Woods’ friends are waiting to go through the serving line.

 

Gabe Anaya received the check on behalf of El Caldito Soup Kitchen.

Gabe Anaya accepted the check on behalf of El Caldito Soup Kitchen.

 

Febna Caven  accepted the check on behalf of Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

Febna Caven accepted the check on behalf of Mesilla Valley Community of Hope.

 

We appreciate United  Military Women of the South West and THANK ALL OF THEM who made this event a success!

Crew Chiefs Meet

April 7, 2014

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.

Signing inBetty Tomei and Chuck and Sue Prichett sign in.

 

Gabe and Rose Gabe Anaya and Rose Levasseur engage in conversation.

 

 

The buffet begins.

The Buffet has begun.  Bob and Jeff served themselves after our crew chiefs had been seated.

Table Talk!

 Some enjoy eating and some enjoy talking.

Group shot around the tables

We were very happy with the turn out.  People spoke and everyone had an opportunity to ask questions.

Will has everyone listening.

Wil had everyone listening, don’t be fooled by this  photo.  It wasn’t all  that serious., there were lots of a chuckles too. 

 

 

WE Celebrate and Admire Harriet Rosenbaum

March 29, 2014
Harriet Rosenbaum

Harriet Rosenbaum

 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.

Corry pinning the corsage on

Harriet and Corry McKissack

Harriet and Corry McKissack

Harriet and Corry share a special moment together.

Jan and Vera getting ready for the party.

Jan and Vera getting ready for the party.

 

Burton did his part.

Burton did his part.

 

Richard and his Great Grandson decorated the tables.

Richard and his Great Grandson decorated the tables.

 

The vegetable tray looks delicious.

The vegetable tray looks delicious.

Sandy hangs a photograph of Harriet.

Sandy hangs a photograph of Harriet.

 

Signing inMany people signed  Harriet’s guest book , writing  many kind words expressing their love for her.

Harriet had many guests to greet.

Greeting a guest

Greeting another friend

Gabe Chavez our El Caldito President presented Harriet with a new El Caldito ball cap.

Gabe Chavez our El Caldito President presented Harriet with a new El Caldito ball cap.

 

Vera shares of memories of Harriet with the group.

Vera shares some memories of Harriet with the group.

Dear Harriet,

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!!!

Gabby speaking

Group Listening

Intently Listening

Speaking

Sharing a moment with Martha

Special group of friends

We wish Harriet the BEST!!! 

The Monday Crew!

The Monday Crew!

 

 

 

 

You CAN COUNT on High Schoolers to do GREAT THINGS!!!

March 11, 2014
Hardworking Students!

Hardworking Students!

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.

Betty Tomei is happy with her assistant!

Betty Tomei is happy with her assistant!

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.

Donovan and Arthur remind people to be peaceful.

Donovan and Arthur remind people to be peaceful.

Both boys had a coffee bean grinder and spent a much of their time grinding whole coffee beans for us.  Thanks Guys!!!

Packaging pecans!!!

Packaging pecans!!!

Everyone pitched in to bag two cases of pecans for us.  Our bakers will be pleased to see smaller quantities.

Chopping Onions is not a favorite job, but a needed one.

Chopping Onions is not a favorite job, but a needed one.

We appreciated these two students that helped chop the needed quantities of onions for our soup and side dishes.

Creating appetizers was enjoyed by many.

Creating appetizers was enjoyed by many.

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.

The task of getting roasted chickens ready to use is one that we do a lot of at our kitchen.

The task of getting roasted chickens ready to use is one that we do a lot of at our kitchen.

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.

Let’s Make a DEAL!!!

March 2, 2014

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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.

Spaghetti Makers!!!

Spaghetti Makers!!!

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 elcaldito@yahoo.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 elcaldito@yahoo.com, 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.

El Caldito Dining Room Shot

Put a another SMILE on Gabe Anaya’s face by supporting this fundraiser.

HELP US EARN MORE THAN LAST YEAR!!!   THANK YOU!

RENOVATIONS!!!

January 20, 2014
Busy Hands

Busy Hands

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. 

Renovations Jeff workingJeff Sieburg, a new board member,  has been instrumental in helping us design, order materials and install new equipment.  Thank you Jeff!!!

ENJOY SEEING SOME CHANGES!!!

New Stainless Table

New Stainless Table

New Counter

New Counter

Our New Space

Our New Space

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