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Volunteers make our Kitchen a Success!!

November 8, 2015

On October 24th, around 8:30 AM my volunteers began to arrive.  We had some regular people who have been working for me for a couple of years and we also had new people just beginning.  Everyone had a task to do to prepare 170 SACK LUNCHES.  On Saturdays we serve from 11:30 AM until Noon.  However, my team knows nobody goes away HUNGRY!!!  If we see we are getting low on food…we go into LOAVES and FISHES mode.  We immediately go back to our pantry and more create a meal to go. 

 

Antonio a born leader.

Antonio a born leader.

 

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Team.

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Team.

 

The Cold Cut Sandwich Team

The Cold Cut Sandwich Team

 

Candace the one in charge and our counter.  Very important task, so we don't run out of food.

Candace the one in charge and our counter. A very important task, so we don’t run out of food.

 

The Chip Packing Team.

The Chip Packing Team.

 

When we have a family with young children volunteer...their job is to decorate the bags.  We try to decorate bags for the children who need a sack lunch, however our adult clients like them to.

When we have a family with young children volunteer…their job is to decorate the bags. We try to decorate bags for the children who need a sack lunch, however our adult clients like them to.

 

Thank you Detrick and Kadence.

Thank you Detrick and Kadence.

 

Sandwiches are done...so we break down chickens to bag and freeze.

Sandwiches are done…so we break down chickens to bag and freeze.

 

Breaking down chickens.

Breaking down chickens.

 

We had lots of chickens to get into our freezer.

We had lots of chickens to get into our freezer.

 

Everyone pitches in.

Everyone pitches in.

 

Thank you everyone for helping on the 4th Saturday of the month.  I appreciate all you do for me and for El Caldito Soup Kitchen!  Donna

 

 

 

 

2015 Veterans Appreciation Dinner

June 23, 2015

On June 13th, El Caldito Soup Kitchen, opened their doors to many Veterans and their guests.  It was a special day for us to be able to give to our Veterans and to THANK them for all that they have done for our country.  There was a large military presence from the Naval Cadets from Onate High School in Las Cruces, NM to the Brigadier General  Timothy Coffin  from White Sands Military Range.

 

Brigadier General Timothy Coffin with the Onate Jr R.O.T.C.

Brigadier General Timothy Coffin with the Onate High School Naval Jr R.O.T.C.

 

We were also grateful to have 3 active duty Captains from the Air Force, stationed at White Sans Military Range.

 

Captain Jon Cesar, Captain Alex Jurgemeyer and Captain Jacob Lynes

Captain Jon Cesar, Captain Alex Jurgemeyer and Captain Jacob Lynes

 

 

Chief Petty Officer Retired Robert Rodriguez  and Jenna Janus

Chief Petty Officer Retired Robert Rodriguez and Petty Officer Second Class Angle Day.

 

Please enjoy the following candids.  The day was a success and we thank all of of volunteers and businesses who donated to our event.

 

Veterans Dinner 2015 Capt helping to sign in the next Veteran.

 

Veterans Dinner with Brigadier General and Board

 

Marisa Yanez our soloist.

Marisa Yanez our soloist.

 

 

Veterans Dinner 2015 Singing

 

 

Veterans Dinner 2015 serving

 

 

Veterans Dinner 2015 Cake

 

 

Veterans Dinner 2015 POW Table

 

Special Thanks to Kristi Coffin for sharing her photography with us.

 

 

 

 

SODEXO…The Photos tell the STORY!!!

March 27, 2015

Last Saturday, March 21st Servathon 2015 took place in our Dining room and also in outside tents.  We appreciate and THANK Sodexo for their organization, volunteers and the delicious dinner they provided.

WE HOPE YOU ENJOY OUR PHOTOS!!!

 

The TEAM!

The TEAM!

Filling the goodie bags.

Filling the goodie bags.

 

Part of the TEAM!!!

Part of the TEAM!!!

 

Food Delivery!

Food Delivery!

 

Salad Making!

Salad Making!

 

Checking to make sure everything arrived.

Checking to make sure everything arrived.

 

Mom giving last minute instructions.

Mom smiles at her son.

 

Tents are up.

Tents are up.

 

Volunteers are ready !

Volunteers are ready !

 

Veggies look good!

Veggies look good!

 

The pizza is done.

The pizza is done.

 

We're almost ready...getting our assignments.

We’re almost ready…getting our assignments.

 

Everybody wanted a slice of pizza.

Everybody wanted a slice of pizza.

 

The DJ sets up.

The DJ sets up.

 

People are enjoying their diner and a visit from the RABBIT!!!

People are enjoying their diner and a visit from the RABBIT!!!

 

Dinner for the Family.

Dinner for the Family.

 

Our President and his wife Connie enjoy their meal.

Our President and his wife Connie enjoy their meal.

 

Serving!

Serving!

Maria and her Grand Kids are sure HAPPY!!!

Maria and her Grand Kids are sure HAPPY!!!

 

Tristan likes his PIZZA!!!

Tristan likes his PIZZA!!!

 

This says it all!!!

This says it all!!!

 

We look forward to having this event again at El Caldito Soup Kitchen. 

THANK YOU!!!

 

 

Second Tuesday Team

March 25, 2015
Roxann and Dale the LEADERS!

Roxann and Dale the LEADERS!

 

Today we hear from Roxann Petzold sharing her thoughts about the 2nd Tuesday Team.

“Sonoma Springs Covenant Church has been serving at El Caldito Soup Kitchen for more than 15 years on the second Tuesday of each month. We were Northminster Presbyterian Church then Sonoma Springs Presbyterian Church and are now a member church with the Evangelical Covenant Churches. Our Ministries have been to serve those in need of support and we do this by partnering with two of the schools in Las Cruces – Mesa Middle School and Columbia Elementary. We are a group with a great sense of humor and hopefully we share the joy we feel in serving with the many clients who break bread at El Caldito.”

 

Lots of FRESH FOOD was on the menu.

Lots of FRESH FOOD was on the menu.

 FRESH PRODUCE donated, certainly helps us to prepare HEALTHY meals!!!

2nd Tuesday Preparing Veggies

Melanie gets greens ready to cook.

 

 

2nd Thurs Linda and Mary Loupeeling potatoes

Linda and Mary Lou work on preparing potatoes.

 

 

Ron checking out the vegetables.

Ron making sure the food is ready to cook.

 

Hot stuff!!!

Hot stuff!!!

 

Jo- Ann washes the veggies.

Jo- Ann washes the veggies.

This team works well together.  They have  provided a healthy meal today.

The team offer home made bread pudding today.  Wish i was there to enjoy it.

The team bakes  home-made bread pudding today. Wish I was there to enjoy it.

THANK YOU for all you have done for us at EL Caldito Soup Kitchen.

 

First Thursday Team

March 21, 2015

Each day of the week El Caldito has teams of people who come in to volunteer.   Today, I would like to introduce you to the First Thursday team with Doug Lorenz as their Crew Chief.

 

First Thursday Team

First Thursday Team

 

L-R:  Ken Nobis, Joanne Lenahan, Ruth Staffeldt, Don Bloom, John Guenther, Phyllis Steinhaus, Jerry Stickles, Joyce Dodge, Doug Lorenz, Beverly Scaling and Alma Lorenz.

 Other team members that serve with us frequently:
Jim Bonse, Tim Rolf, Raul Perez, Scott Staffeldt, Robert Scaling, Al &Connie Siffring,

WORDS FROM DOUG

Our team volunteers on the first Thursday of every month.  We are from Mission Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) and School, at 2752 Roadrunner  Pkwy, Las Cruces, NM.  Some of our team have been there over 10 years.  All of us really enjoy volunteering at El Caldito.  We have two shifts; the first shift prepares the food and the second shift serves it.  Some folks enjoy doing both shifts.

We believe in following in Christ’s footsteps by ministering or serving those who are in need.
In the Bible, Matthew 25:40 says, “And the King answering shall say to them, Verily I say to you, Inasmuch as ye have done it to one of the least of my brethren, ye have done it to me…”

We hope our efforts to serve those at El Caldito are fulfilling at least one of those needs for them.   May God Bless El Caldito and all those who serve and eat there and all those who donate items to them.

 

 

 

First Thurs Doug and Raul

Doug and Raul

 

Alma is working hard.

Alma and another team-mate stop for a photo.

 

Cleaning the slicer.

Cleaning the slicer.

 

Doug and Jim

Doug and Jim

El Caldito Board of Directors is grateful to all our volunteers and to our crew chiefs who are the leaders of the teams.  Our volunteers are the back bone of our non-profit and without them our agency wouldn’t be able to achieve what we do.  

THANK YOU!!!

 

 

 

 

 

FREE Home Cooked Dinner OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

March 19, 2015

Sodexo Poster

 

The El Caldito Board of Directors would like to invite FAMILIES to attend this dinner in our dining room  this Saturday,  It is a time to gather and enjoy each others company.  Kids will be entertained and take home GOODIE BAGS, will be provided.  Please support   Sodexo and El Caldito hope to make this an annual event.

International Student Ambassador Club from New Mexico State University

March 7, 2015
L-R:  Adrianna Harrison, Sally Goenga, Brianna Haro, Arik Ruiz, Ada Ciuca, and Kelsey Bigelow

L-R: Adrianna Harrison, Sally Goenga, (President) Brianna Haro, Arik Ruiz, Ada Ciuca, and Kelsey Bigelow

The New Mexico State University International Student Ambassador Club gives NMSU students a chance to make friends from all over the world and gain global perspective without even leaving Las Cruces, NM.  As an ambassador, we are matched with an international exchange student studying abroad for a semester or a year at NMSU.  We also throw fundraisers, to raise money for care packages for the students as well as getting involved with the community.  NMSU Ambassador Club is a rewarding way to get involved at NMSU, practice a second language, and make friends from all over the globe!

 

El Caldito Soup Kitchen had the pleasure of having these students volunteer for us on Saturday, February 28th. We are grateful for the support and the help we receive from many student organizations from New Mexico State University. 

Breaking down turkeys , needed to be done.

Breaking down turkeys , was needed to be done.

 

Everyone worked hard on this task.

Everyone worked hard on this task.

 

Abroad Ambassadors chicken gal with hat

The 2nd bowl was full and ready.

 

 

 

Our Saturday clients had hard boiled eggs as part of their lunch.

Our Saturday clients had hard-boiled eggs as part of their lunch.

 

These student volunteers came with smiles and were always willing to do what was asked of them.  I especially enjoyed working with them on my Saturday.  THANK YOU!!!

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