THE GATHERING ON STATE STREET
Capuchin Community Services - St. Ben’s Meal, 924 W. State Street
The move is complete. The Gathering at St. James is now The Gathering on State Street. Coakley Brothers packed and moved equipment, food, pots & pans, carts, prep tables and more on Friday and Saturday, March 24/25. It took a semi and two delivery trucks. Gathering staff, board members and volunteers spent Saturday afternoon cleaning, organizing and stocking the new site.
Our first Breakfast on State Street was Monday morning, March 27, with 178 guests. We were greeted with bouquets of flowers from our friends and new landlords at Capuchin Community Services, St. Ben’s Community Meal – Br. Rob, Dean, Mike and Mark.
The move was celebrated on Tuesday with a fire brigade style passing of the remaining pots, pans and food items from St. James to St. Ben’s with the help of 100 Brookfield Central Key Club members and 50 other volunteers.
It has been a stressful AND GLORIOUS process, this move. Our Capital Campaign goal to raise $50,000 formoving, equipment and renovation expenses was met by April 1. Donations of money were matched by donations of supplies, time, expertise, creativity and skill.
The space at The Gathering on State Street is much bigger than that at St. James, so we could use more volunteers each morning than we have in the past. If you and a friend or two would like to join us some morning, please know that we welcome walk ins. Be at the State Street location, 924 W. State, at 7:00 a.m. and be able to stay until 10:00. If you have 4 or more volunteers, please call The Gathering office (414-272-4122) to get on the schedule.
We are blessed! People in community feeding the hungry came together,
and I am confident will continue to do so.
THANK YOU ALL!
THE GATHERING AT ST. JAMES TO BECOME
THE GATHERING ON STATE STREET
2017 CAPITAL CAMPAIGN: MOVE WITH THE GATHERING
CAPITAL CAMPAIGN GOAL: $50,000 CAMPAIGN TIMEFRAME: January – April 2017
SUGGESTED GIVING CATEGORIES: HOW TO DONATE:
$10,000 Master Chef Check payable to:The Gathering, 804 E. Juneau Ave. $5,000 Chef Milwaukee, WI 53202 $1,000 Sous Chef MC or Visa: 414-272-4122 (Gathering office) $500 Cook Online: www.thegatheringwis.org $100 Server Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OVERVIEW: Begun in 1982, The Gathering prepares and serves hot, nutritious meals to Milwaukee’s hungry and homeless (90,000-100,000 annually) through four locations; provides food support to a north side tutoring/mentoring program; and conducts the Fresh Produce Preservation Project to preserve excess donated produce for use in Gathering meals.
Now, after 35 years at St. James Episcopal Church on 8th & Wisconsin (our founding site), we are moving our downtown breakfast and Saturday lunch programs to a new location. The St. James building is up for sale and our ability to remain there is in question. We have, therefore, secured space at St. Ben’s Community Meal on 9th & State. This is a win-win for our Breakfast and downtown Saturday Lunch guests, many of whom also eat dinner at St. Ben’s. It is also an opportunity for both organizations to explore joint programming and to enhance the stewardship of our resources.
To accomplish this move without impacting our day to day operations, we need funds specified for the anticipated costs. By contributing to this project you will help continue to provide Milwaukee’s hungry and homeless a hot breakfast and Saturday lunch for as long as the need exists. Target date for the move is mid-March 2017.
# OF GUESTS TO BE SERVED AT DOWNTOWN SITE IN 2017: Breakfast – 48,000 Saturday Lunch – 11,000
EXPENSE ITEMS: 1. $10,000: Physical move of major equipment, cookware, bakeware, tools, storage racks, tables, chairs, supplies and food. 2. $25,000: Purchase of equipment to fit available space (walk-in cooler, commercial fridge, rolling and standard storage, etc.) The Gathering cooks all meals on site, requiring substantial equipment, prep space and storage. Because space at St. Ben’s is limited due to their own meal service, we will be sharing certain equipment, creating space for some currently owned, purchasing new equipment to fit into available space, and locating creative tools to move supplies needed daily from one area to another. 3. $15,000: Renovation costs including construction, electrical, plumbing, signage.
BREAKING NEWS! THE GATHERING IS MOVING OUR DOWNTOWN MEAL SITE.
THE GATHERING AT ST. JAMES WILL BECOME THE GATHERING ON STATE STREET
A big move is in store for The Gathering this year. We will be moving our downtown programs from St. James Episcopal Church on 8th & Wisconsin to St. Ben’s Community Meal Site at 9th & State. Target time for the move is mid-to late March of this year. This is not a merger with St. Ben’s; just a change of location and of landlord. The Gathering will continue to cook and serve breakfast Monday through Friday and Saturday lunch at the same times and in the same way. We are currently working with St. Ben’s on storage and additional kitchen space and will soon begin discussing the BIG 3 – policies, procedures and programming.
The impetus behind this move is the potential sale of the St. James’ building. Because we did not know whether or not The Gathering would be allowed to continue in that space once the building sold, we made the decision to seek a new location and to proceed with the move in our own time. Both St. Ben’s and The Gathering come from faith-based perspectives and focus on providing meals to those in need with respect and dignity. Hospitality is the backbone of both of our programs and we serve many of the same guests.
As you may know The Gathering began at St. James Episcopal Church in 1982 as a ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Milwaukee with a Saturday lunch and Monday through Friday breakfast, primarily to complement the Sunday through Friday dinner served at St. Ben’s. During these thirty-five years, hundreds of thousands of God’s people, both guests and volunteers, have walked through those doors seeking food and warmth and a human bond and have walked out satisfied. It is with great sadness that we leave that space; yet we are filled with joy for the good work accomplished there.
Please Note: The move has no direct impact on our other three meal locations or office location.
We anticipate the physical move, renovation, and equipment purchases to cost $50,000. To accomplish this move without impacting our day to day operations, we are conducting a Capital Campaign to cover those costs. That’s where you come in. By contributing to this Capital Campaign you will help continue to provide Milwaukee’s hungry and homeless a hot breakfast and Saturday lunch for as long as the need exists. You can give online by clicking here, by mailing a check to The Gathering Capital Campaign, 804 E. Juneau Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53202, or by calling our office at 414-272-4122. If you have questions please call Ginny Schrag, Executive Director, at 414-272-4122 or email email@example.com.
Thanks to St. James Mukwonago parishioners for baking, decorating and packaging over 5,000 cookies for our Christmas dinners held at all four of The Gathering meal sites on Saturday, December 17. They also donated oranges, tangerines, candy canes, coffee and winter outerwear. Each guest left their particular meal site with a treat bag full of Christmas goodies.
Sometimes it’s the “little” things that bring the biggest smiles.