Organization Description: “Open Door” is a ministry of “In His Steps” which is a Christian based drug and alcohol recovery program for men and women. Open Door feeds homeless and needy individuals and families in the Ramona Community. Every Monday night, eight churches in Ramona rotate this service. Guests are provided a full meal, music, a brief message or testimony and mingling with servers.
Project Description: Bring and serve a commercially prepared meal (i.e. Costco, Grocery Store Deli, Restaurants, etc.) that nourishes our local homeless. In addition to bringing the meal, help is needed with set-up, providing paper products for serving the meal, tear-down of tables and chairs, and cleaning up the facility. This project is great for Life Groups or a group of family or friends that come together to help with the expense and set up.
The Meal: Groups should provide a main dish, side dish and salad for 35-40 people. Volunteers are welcome to choose any menu they wish. There is only one small oven to keep food warm so please plan accordingly. If your group would like to eat the meal as well, plan to provide additional servings in order to provide enough food for your group as well. Easy Meal Suggestions
Dessert: Dessert can be something simple like cookies or store-bought pies. Your choice!
Drinks: Two cases of bottled water is nice but optional. Coffee and punch are provided, however, please bring paper cups for the hot coffee.
Bring Paper Products/Pantry Items: Please bring serving utensils, paper plates, bowls (if needed), utensils, napkins, paper cups for hot coffee, 1 roll of paper towels, 1 roll of toilet paper and a few large trash bags. Nothing is provided because this facility is used by so many other groups.
Location: Ramona Grange Hall 632, 215 7th Street, Ramona, CA 92065
- 5:30-5:45: Volunteers should arrive by this time and begin setting up tables, chairs and food. Some of the guests will come early to help as well.
- 6pm: An individual from “In His Steps” will share a testimony. North Coasters may also share their testimony if desired. Music is also provided. If your group has an interested in providing music or a testimonial, please contact Bob Denny, from In His Steps prior to the meal service. 760-788-4716.
- 6:05-6:15: Food is served and most finish by 6:30ish. People may mingle, visit and eat together.
- 6:30ish: Tear down tables, chairs, clean-up food, take out trash.
- 7:00pm: Done!
Amenities: There are outlets to plug in crock pots/electric skillets, a refrigerator, sink, and a small oven that can be used to keep food warm.
Cost: Cost of the meal you provide.
Child Friendly: Junior high age or older is suggested, unless closely supervised by a parent. Small children are not advised because of the population that you will be serving. If you have any questions or concerns, please call Mike Jensen at (760) 644-7222.
Ministry Coordinator for Meal Count: Madelyn Holmquist is the ministry coordinator. Please call her to confirm the number of meals prior to your meal service. Cell: 760-317-7665, Home: 760-789-1862.
Nice but not Necessary: If you have gently used clothing you’d like to donate such as t-shirts, pants, or jackets, please feel free to bring them.
If you are not in a Life Group and would still like to provide a meal, we ask that you involve your family or friends to help. Please do not sign up as an individual because this project requires ~ten people.