Thursday, April 30, 2009

Five Guys Burgers and Fries

This is Mike Wood, owner of the new Five Guys Burgers and Fries restaurant in Kalispell. Mike is shown here donating extra burger buns to the shelter kitchen.
If you haven't been to Five Guys Burgers and Fries yet, you should. They have the most incredible freshness standards I have ever heard of. They don't even have a freezer all meat is served fresh and the fries are made on the spot from fresh potatoes.
Go have a fresh burger and tell Mike and the crew thanks for helping the local homeless.
Five Guys Burgers and Fries can be found at 2415 US 93 North in the Home Depot shopping area.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cookies are a blessing!

This is Ethan, he and his mother came to the kitchen today as volunteers to make cookies for the shelter residents. It is such a blessing to have fresh cookies and milk when the residents return to the building today after a long day of job searching. We love to have children come and serve with their parents and learn at a young age how to give to those that don't have.
This is an example of how the Samaritan House is able to make it, by the hard work, caring and generosity of the people in our communities. Samaritan House is supported by 35 local businesses, 19 local churches and 75-100 routine individuals or families. If you are interested in volunteering to make a meal or a snack at the Samaritan House please call Cary Krager at 257-5801.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Homeless Children in America

The National Center on Family Homelessness has released a report, America's Youngest Outcasts.  It is now available online.   There is an interactive map that lets you research the specific results for your state.  According to the report Montana's Overall Rank regarding child homelessness is 33rd of the 50 states.  There is definite room for improvement. 
One of the categories reported on is Child Well Being, "A child's well-being depends on more than just having a roof over his head.  Children living in families who are homeless or at risk for homelessness suffer from hunger, poor physical and mental health, and missed educational opportunities."  Montana ranked 40th in this category.    
The report continues to show that children without homes are twice as likely to experience hunger as other children.  Two-thirds  worry they won't have enough to eat and one-third report being forced to skip meals.  Homeless children are more than twice as likely to have health problems, repeat a grade in school, be expelled or suspended, or even drop out of school.