A dinner with dignity: Homeless residents get a surf-and-turf dinner
The menu at the Senator Philip D. Lewis Center on Wednesday night included filet mignon, shrimp, baked potatoes, cherry cobbler and crème brulee.
The meal was for the homeless and provided by GL Homes.
You could call it a dinner with dignity.
“We chose a surf-and-turf dinner because, for people in these situations, not only does someone deserve a leg up, they deserve our respect and dignity,” said Sarah Alsofrom, Community Relations Director for Sunrise-based GL Homes.
The meal served about 60 homeless people and their families who live at the Lewis Center, at 1000 45th Street, West Palm Beach. Not only was dinner served, but volunteers made sandwiches for the residents’ lunchboxes.
Alsofrom said that a resident at the Lewis Center came up to them and told them how this dinner motivated him to want to provide meals like this for himself one day.
Marilyn Munoz from the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, said how appreciative her organization is to partner with GL Homes. “(GL Homes) is building hope and they’re raising their self esteem,” she said. “Once you’re homeless you have no hope, you don’t know what’s going to happen, so this is the direct opposite. When you go to the Lewis Center you are treated with dignity, so that is what they are helping towards.”
GL Homes has worked with the Homeless Coalition in partnership with the Lewis Center to try to decrease the homeless numbers in Palm Beach County.
“In terms of what it means to us — volunteering is as meaningful to the volunteer as it is to the recipient,” Alsofrom said. “We love to volunteer and roll up our sleeves and get it done.”
GL Homes also supports the homeless with their initiative “A Good Night’s Sleep,” providing furnishings such as television sets, linens and toilets for the Lewis Center. They also deliver fresh fruit to the Lewis Center once a month.
Alsofrom said: “We hope there will be many other companies in Palm Beach County who will step up and volunteer their time, time is the most precious commodity.
“It’s great to write a check, but it’s truly a special person who is willing to donate his or her time to a cause and it is so needed in the community.”
Article originally published on PalmBeachPost.com.