Supper House

Supper House 501(c)(3) is a cooperative effort among 28 Muskegon-area places of worship. It is located in the gym of Temple United Methodist Church, 2500 Jefferson St. in Muskegon Heights. 231-830-9408

What is Supper House?

 

Supper House is a cooperative effort among 28 Muskegon-area places of worship. Every Monday through Friday (from 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.), these congregations work together to provide an evening meal in the gymnasium of Temple United Methodist Church. Each congregation provides 8-12 volunteers to serve the evening meal once a month, along with the cost of the evening’s meal, approximately $200 per month.

Supper House opened its doors in July of 1999. In the beginning, 30 people were served 3 evenings per week. Now 140-200 people are served 5 nights per week. All are welcomed and served with respect at Supper House. There are no qualifications or pre-conditions that must be met in order to share a meal with us.

The Hunger

At Supper House, we provide more than a meal. People hunger for many things: food, attention, respect, dignity, and a sense of belonging. While many of our guests come to Supper House because we provide their only meal of the day, others come seeking company and friendship. Many of our guests are children who long for adult attention and appreciation. Others are the elderly looking for a caring heart that will listen to their concerns. Still others return to Supper House to “give back” and encourage others, who may now be experiencing similar hardships.

While most volunteers come to serve the evening meal, others have found their gifts in sharing the meal and their stories with those they serve, finding their own lives enriched by these exchanges. The truth is, many of our volunteers feel that they themselves are the ones who benefit the most from these relationships and in selflessly serving those in need.

The Cost

It costs approximately $1.75 per meal to provide a good supper for our guests. However, the cost of food represents only a portion of the cost of an evening meal. We also must provide plates, utensils, napkins, utilities, as well as the salary of our cook. These costs are covered solely by donations from our friends in the community. This vital ministry is dependent upon the churches, organizations and individuals who share a common concern for feeding the hungry in our community.

Getting Involved

There are many ways to get involved. First, we would love to see you here on a regular basis to help with the evening meal. Join with your place of worship in serving a meal once a month! Most volunteer duties consist of preparing plates and trays in the kitchen or serving dinner to our guests at their dinner table. However, we do encourage our volunteers, if they wish, to join our guests and eat a meal together. Sharing a meal goes a long way to foster a sense of community and fellowship. Second, we are always in need of “substitute” servers to replace volunteers who are unable to get to Supper House on their appointed night.

If you are called to serve, please contact the Supper House representative at your place of worship, or Doug Hughes at (231)727-2119 or doughughes@williamshugheslaw.com.

If you wish to make a donation, please write your checks to:

Supper House
2500 Jefferson St., Muskegon Hts., MI 49444

You Can Make a Difference!
Together in Ministry.

To contact Supper House, please call (231) 830-9408. Please do not call Temple.

Also, make sure to “like” Supper House’s Facebook page!

What we Do

Mission Area For The People

Non-profit community-based organization committed to serving the needs of area residents who live in poverty and extreme need.

 

Family Promise

Temple, in partnership with 18 other churches, provides shelter and care within the church for families who are facing homelessness.

Hand2Hand

Hand2Hand 501©(3) delivers hope to hungry children, ages 3-18, by mobilizing schools, churches, businesses, and individuals to provide nutritious food over the weekends.

Supper House

Today over 50 West Michigan churches see MAP as an extension of their ministry.

Getting Connected

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Pathfinders

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