Some say that the kitchen is the heart of the home and at Women Aware’s emergency Safe House, this is certainly true. In 2012, our Safe House kitchen provided over 24,000 meals to 248 women and children.
Serving that many meals requires a durable, efficient kitchen and thanks to the support of our community partners, and funding from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, families in our emergency shelter will now benefit from a brand new, ADA-compliant, kitchen! This newly renovated kitchen includes a professional-grade stove, extra large refrigerator, and dishwasher. There’s also an extra long table for families to congregate during meals, while completing homework, or socializing.
But, we couldn’t have done this on our own! Liquid Church, a local Christian, non-denominational church, rallied a team of dedicated volunteers to provide much of the physical labor necessary to see the project to completion. As one of their “Man Made” missions, serving in this capacity speak’s to Liquid Church’s belief that God calls all men to use their strength and power for good, not violence. As such, for two months, 27 volunteers dedicated their time (a total of 1,728 weekend hours) and talent to the project, totaling an in-kind donation value of $44, 064!
Incredibly, the community spirit doesn’t end there! As word of the makeover traveled through the community, dozens of community/spiritual groups, small businesses, and generous donors contributed meals to ensure that the women and children in our emergency shelter continued to receive healthy, nutritious meals while we were under construction.
In addition, Women Aware was able to increase the impact of this funding with support from a number of community businesses: Jem Appliance, Bedrock Granite, Kitchen and Bath Works, and Mediterranean Tile. All of these local companies provided reduced-rate products to help us create a high-quality kitchen that will help us meet the needs of the women and children we serve for years to come. Thank you!