At the Center of Hope with 12 Suppers
By the end of the year, more than 14 local restaurants will have taken part in a special collaboration that helps feed Winston-Salem residents in need. “12 Suppers at the Center of Hope” is the partnership of the Salvation Army of Winston-Salem with area restaurants to prepare and serve meals at The Center of Hope on Trade Street. Many people in Winston-Salem don’t even know that The Center of Hope exists. But it provides an invaluable service to families who are suffering from homelessness. It’s aims to be a “safe haven” for families as they get back on their feet. It is the only emergency family homeless residence in Winston-Salem.
“12 Suppers” gathers chefs and volunteers together to make a supper for children, mothers, fathers and single women each month at the center. Each month a different chef and restaurant takes over the kitchen and donates time, staff and culinary ingredients to prepare the meal. The next supper is October 24 and features Chef Tim Grandinetti and his team at Quanto Basta Italian Eatery & Wine Bar.
“12 Suppers” is very unique. It serves a chef-driven meal to those who are currently residents at the Center of Hope. This is quite the treat for families who are struggling. Even better, residents also enjoy interacting with the chefs and their staff, allowing them to get insights into the culinary field and perhaps future career choices.
Bob Campbell, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for The Salvation Army says, “The good our partner restaurants are doing with ’12 Suppers at The Center of Hope’ goes far beyond the service of a meal. The generosity of the chefs and their staffs provides nourishment for bodies and spirits. They may serve a meal but what they really serve is hope.”
Campbell adds, “The program acts as an educational and inspirational experience for families in their time of greatest need. Chefs interact with residents, speaking about the dishes they’ve prepared for the evening and giving them an inside look at the culinary industry and local job opportunities in the field. The12 Suppers event also raises awareness in the Winston-Salem community about the ongoing problem of homelessness and hunger and the work The Salvation Army does at the Center of Hope Family Residences.” Currently, approximately 72 children call The Center of Hope home. Over 50 of them are under the age of 12.
Lynette Matthews-Murphy, partner at Spring House and Quanto Basta said, “We were the inaugural supper in January and our staff felt so great about being provide a lovely meal on Martin Luther King Day, which we consider a day of service. What struck me is the gratitude that we saw but our staff loved giving to them.”
Last month’s participant was Chef Mark Grohman and his restaurant, Meridian Restaurant. Following his event he said, “As a business owner in our community, I feel it’s my duty to support those in need. I don’t look at it as an obligation, I see it as a way to give back to the community and those who are less fortunate and maybe brighten their day.”
So far this year, the following restaurants have served supper at the Center of Hope. They are: Spring House Restaurant, Kitchen & Bar, Providence Restaurant, Jeffrey Adams on 4th, Zoe’s Kitchen, Cherry’s Cafe, Village Tavern Hanes Mall, Bib’s Downtown, 4th St. Filling Station, Vin 205, and Meridian Restaurant. Rooster’s A Noble Grille and Texas Pete (in their new test kitchen) are on the docket for the rest of the year. If you counted, you’ll notice that’s more than 12 suppers. Campbell says the outreach struck such a chord that the Salvation Army is bringing 12 Suppers back for another year of serving those in need. He says many of this year’s restaurants have already agreed to come back, beginning on Martin Luther King Day in January at Spring House.
Greater Winston-Salem Area Commander Major Stan Colbert says, “Each month it is a blessing and a joy to see another great restaurant give the residents of The Center of Hope the gift of their extraordinary talents and delicious food. We cannot underestimate the joy they bring to our families who are facing tough times.”
About The Salvation Army Center of Hope Family Residences: The residences are located at 1255 N. Trade St. in Winston-Salem. It is the only Family Emergency Homeless Shelter in Forsyth County and serves as a safe haven for mothers, fathers and children as their families follow the path back to self sufficiency. The Center of Hope is also home to the Residential Reentry Center, a halfway house for Federal prisoners that assists them in reintegrating themselves into society. For more information on The Salvation Army Center of Hope or to donate or volunteer, go to www.salavationamryws.org; (336) 723-6366