Saugatuck Congregational Church serves dinner at veterans' shelter
Published 4:55 pm, Tuesday, March 1, 2011
A local church group is seeking volunteers to help serve dinner to a group of homeless veterans at a veterans' shelter in Bridgeport Sunday, March 6.
The Saugatuck Congregational Church group's adoption of the shelter -- Home of the Brave -- grew from the Field of Flags memorial it displayed on the church's great lawn last June. The committee planted more than 5,500 American flags, one to honor each member of the armed services killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
But the congregation challenged the committee to go beyond a one-time ceremony in honoring veterans. So it has adopted the Bridgeport shelter, where it will serve a traditional Thanksgiving dinner to 40 to 50 homeless veterans Sunday.
The group still is looking for volunteer servers from the community and said it hopes public officials who have been invited attend.
The dinner is scheduled for about 4 p.m. at Home of the Brave, 655 Park Ave., Bridgeport. The shelter is part of a national network, Homes for the Brave, and the church volunteers Sunday will make a financial donation to the cause.
Volunteers from the church have enlisted help from the Westport VFW post, Wilton American Legion post and the community.
They will be working Saturday, March 5, from noon to 5 p.m. preparing the meal at Saugatuck Congregational Church. They will gather at the church again Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. before transporting the food to Bridgeport.
To volunteer, make reservations or get more information, contact Mary Ann West by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 203-554-3964