Stewpot Board Officers
The Stewpot Board elected officers at its board meeting on Monday, June 18th.
See Below (Left to right): Nancy Howell, Vice-Chair); Roberta Saxon, Treasurer; Charlie Frith, Chair); Nancy Rorex, Stewpot Manager; and Ellen Russel, Secretary.
Stewpot Kitchen Update
Stewpot Kitchen gets a new lookt. Thanks to Werner Schwarz from Trinity Presbyterian Church, the Stewpot Kitchen has new stainless steel counter tops and a new hand sink. Please be sure to thank Werner.
Stewpot Receives Grant for $4,500
Arkansas Mutual Insurance (and its holding company, Constellation) awarded $64,000 to nonprofit organizations submitted to their selection committee by their employees. One of the main criteria is that employees are personally involved in the organization. Joyce Wilson, with Arkansas Mutual Insurance, serves on the first Wednesday Team with Westover Hills and has submitted, and obtained funds for, Stewpot for the last three 3 years. This year, Arkansas Mutual awarded Stewpot $4500.
Thanks to Arkansas Mutual Insurance (and its holding company, Constellation), and especially to Joyce Wilson.
New Stewpot Team
Baptist Health Physician Partners is a physician led organization with over 250 clinics and 1300 physicians across the state. Our goal is focused on improving the quality and lowering the cost of health care for all Arkansans. BHPP also participates in many health-related events within the community. The BHPP Team is always looking for opportunities to serve. The team immediately recognized the long-standing commitment that Stewpot has demonstrated over the years and wanted to connect with this amazing organization. We are grateful to Jan and Ed for allowing us to participate! This new team servers on the 2nd Tuesday every other month.
Little Caesars Love Kitchen Comes to Stewpot
Little Caesars Pizza brought the Love Kitchen to the Stewpot on Tuesday, May 29th. They arrived about 10:00 a.m. and set up in the church parking lot. They started cooking and brought enough pepperoni and cheese pizzas pizza to serve 225 individuals. Ed was in full control and maintained order, making sure everyone was served before individuals could go back for seconds. Kay Shurgar her husband Jerry and their grandson served ice cold water, ice cream bars and candy to individuals after they had received their pizza. All of the pizza was gone by 12:00 noon. Everyone really enjoy the event and Thanks to Little Caesars Pizza.
Stewpot Feeds Special Group
On Monday, June 11, about thirty members of the Arkansas Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival (PPC) ate and talked with Stewpot diners. The PPC folks thoroughly enjoyed conversation at the tables, shared names and stories, and heard clients tell of challenges they face.
Challenges included lack of transportation to work or medical appointments, difficulty to see a doctor, and separation of parents from their children. The conversations gave the visitors some insight to help them understand the PPC theme of the week: "Everybody's Got the Right to Live: Education, Living Wage Jobs, Income, and Housing." The Poor People's Campaign is grateful to Stewpot director Nancy Rorex and an Episcopal church cook/serve team for their hospitality -- and Great Food!
Baptist Health Community Outreach
Did you know that the Stewpot has one primary and two secondary missions?
- The primary mission is to Feed the Hungry.
- The secondary mission is to Help Clothe the Needy.
- A third mission is to offer Free Medical Services to the sick.
The third mission is fulfilled by Baptist Health Community Outreach. Nurses from this organization come to the Stewpot the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Fridays of each month. They check blood pressure and glucose levels in addition to many other things. A physician and a pharmacist come on the 3rd Friday of each to treat more serious complaints and to offer prescription medicines.
Ed Brown Gets New Vehicle
Ed Brown, Day manager of Stewpot, has not a car for several months. He has had to walk from home to the Stewpot and back everyday. That is no longer the case. A Stewpot volunteer recently gave Ed a 2011 Hyundai Santa Fe. It only has 75,000 miles. Boy, is Ed proud of his vehicle.
1st Thursday Stewpot Team
1st Thursday Team Always Serves Fresh Fruit.
Typical Meal Served by 1st Thursday Team
Clothes Closet Update
Charlie Frith picked up shoes from Fleet Feet Easy Runner Sports Store in Pleasant Ridge Shopping Center, and Ray Koone picked up shoes from the Go Running Shoe Store in the Heights and delivered them to the Stewpot. The shoe shelves in the Closet Closet are full, at least until the next Thursday rolls around. Barbara and Carl are shown in the photo below with the full shelves.