Volunteering at the Matt Talbot Center in Seattle
Yesterday, Wednesday September 22, 4 Artitudes team members volunteered at the Matt Talbot Hope and Recovery Center in Seattle. The Matt Talbot Center (MTC) is “a Washington state licensed treatment program serving the homeless, addicted and mentally ill. Located in Seattle’s Belltown neighborhood, the Matt Talbot Center offers hope, services and support to individuals ready to commit to change.” The MTC recently celebrated 25 years of service in our community.
Artitudes learned about the Matt Talbot Center through a recent luncheon held by the Liberty Road Foundation. The Liberty Road Foundation partners with other non-profit organizations, including the Matt Talbot Center, to offer a wide variety of services to a large number of disadvantaged people. We thank John Dammarell, Executive Director of Liberty Road, for helping our company get involved with these great organizations and for all the hard work he does for our community.
Volunteers from local businesses and the community donate food, time and supplies to the Matt Talbot Center by providing lunch to a group of 25 to 30 individuals five days per week. These members are participating in a yearlong recovery program that includes 6 hours of classes 5 days per week. They rely on the support of the community to serve them lunch because the programs of the MTC are funded entirely by private donations from individuals, businesses, private foundations and trusts.
Four Artitudes team members provided a buffet lunch, complete with pulled chicken tacos with all the fixins, refried beans, cookies and juice! Andrea Heuston, Miaenn Olander, Wenwen Ni and I, Carrie Meredith, prepared the lunch in the MTC kitchen and then served the meal to a predominantly male group of 25-30 members. Everyone was so grateful for the meal we provided and really appreciated our time spent at the Center. We sat and ate lunch with the members and learned more about the program and the individuals themselves.
We asked for suggestions for meals to serve in the future, and they were not shy about letting us know what they wanted! They are extremely thankful for our time and donation and made it a point to say thank you and how delicious the meal was. I talked with a member who was helping clean the kitchen, who has dubbed himself “the chef” because he is the person who cooks the meals when no volunteers show up to donate. The kitchen is well-stocked with pots, pans and utensils, but the Center is in great need of disposable plates and silverware as well as tin foil, saran wrap and Tupperware. This group of individuals is truly amazing and I can’t wait to help serve lunch to them again. Artitudes will be serving lunch monthly at the Matt Talbot Center. Please let us know if you would like to get involved so we can serve more often! Or you can contact the Center directly to volunteer or donate time or supplies!