Welcome Inn

The soup kitchen continues to be staffed on the first two Tuesdays of the month by dedicated Caroline Church volunteers. Volunteers are always welcome on either the first shift (3:30 - 5:30) for set-up and cooking or the second (5:30 - 7:00) for serving and clean-up. The soup kitchen is held at the Christ United Methodist Church on Old Town Road in Port Jefferson Station and serves between 40 - 80 guests each week. Bus service for guests is provided from Pax Christi in Port Jeff to the Church.

John Leibold and Bob Nalewajk continue to alternate cooking at another of the Welcome Inn Soup Kitchens held on Monday nights at Christ Episcopal Church in Port Jeff. This kitchen is staffed by parishioners from Christ Church and other churches, and is operated about the same way as the Tuesday night kitchen. Other Welcome Inn kitchens are held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Port Jeff Station (Wednesday night and Sunday brunch), and First Presbyterian Church in Port Jeff (Friday nights).

Trader Joe’s in Smithtown provides a significant portion of the meat served at our dinners. Volunteers pick up these donations several times a week. Island Harvest, a “left-over food” recovery organization serving Long Island, also provides donations, although their support has dwindled this year. Bluefish were donated by the Stony Brook Yacht Club from a large tournament they held in August, netting enough filets for five meals. We held a very successful fund raising campaign through the mail, raising about $10,000 for the Welcome Inn.Thanks to all for their generosity.

We also thank others from the church and community who have also contributed to the success of the kitchen. The Tuesday night guests benefited from extra food from our Summer Fair (hamburgers and hot dogs), Spaghetti and Harvest Dinners and from the Fall pie sale. Renaissance Technology in Setauket continues to provide treats for dinner – usually Indian food which we use for a whole meal every six weeks or so. The Sunday School organized a successful coat drive in November and December. About 50 -60 coats were distributed to guests.

Thanks also to those groups who continue to financially support the Welcome Inn, including Vacation Bible School, ECW, Summer Fair Committee, Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and Caroline Church. For further information, contact Sue Nalewajk, Ginny Apmann or Gary Mis through the church office.