St Mark's Center for Community Renewal

2019 Grantee
Health & Wellness

MISSION STATEMENT: St Mark’s Center for Community Renewal aspires to improve the health and well-being of our expanding community by serving each individual’s needs so that they feel genuinely cared for and welcome. We are committed to serving through an integrated model of reducing food insecurities, supporting the various needs of our guests, advocating and connecting our guests to the support community around them and proving educational opportunities that will enhance their daily life and well-being. We provide a supportive and safe environment where anyone can volunteer to serve the community using their own individual skills and gifts.

We operate a USDA-approved “soup” kitchen and extensive food pantry. This project will expand and modernize the existing antiquated and undersized kitchen to better serve our guests and to provide additional opportunities for volunteers. Upon completion, we will have the facilities to also provide a variety of nutrition education opportunities for the community. Plans include providing guests and outside organizations with facilities for classes, demonstrations, experiences in the culinary arts, as well as allowing more volunteers in the kitchen during preparation and service. We will expand hours to include occasional evenings. We will add delivery services for guests who are elderly, disabled or do not have transportation