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.
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.
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.
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 wish to make a donation, please write your checks to:
2500 Jefferson St., Muskegon Hts., MI 49444
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To contact Supper House, please call (231) 830-9408. Please do not call Temple.
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