I've had the privilege of volunteering on a few Saturday's at Cathedral Kitchen. I was very impressed. The organization operates professionally while maintaining a welcoming atmosphere for it's guests. All are treated with dignity and everyone is welcome. The food served is nutritious, balanced and plentiful. The facility is exceptionally clean, has clean restrooms, as well as an easily accessible hand washing center. Guests are often given food to take with them, such a pre-wrapped garden salads. Guests can also choose to eat while at Cathedral Kitchen or they are offered aluminum foil it they choose to enjoy the food elsewhere.
The Cathedral Kitchen is close to my heart having volunteered there about 20 years and have seen i t grow from a small operation in a church basement to the beautiful building which now house it. My husband and I serve coffee or cold drinks to the guests each Tuesday and then help with the cleanup. Many of the poor who come almost daily, now know us by name . We are greeted warmly and always thanked for our service. More than 300 meals are served daily. It is a joy to give this service.
As a volunteer for over 15 years I have seen this wonderful organization grow from a small group of very dedicated volunteers serving a warm dinner to poor and homeless of Camden to one which offers counseling, job training, medical and dental care, as well as food to anyone in need. The clients are treated with the respect and dignity that they deserve. The new facility is warm and inviting and their is always someone willing to listen and spend some time with those less fortunate.
In one of the most challenging areas of New Jersey a small group of individuals set out to feed a few people in need. It was not long before the realization of how great the need really was and still remains. Thorough grassroots planning and fundraising The Cathedral Kitchen continues to serve those in the area with food, fellowship, dignity and a guiding hand towards self sufficiency. I have seen the difference it is has made in the last 9 years, not only to those receive the much need services but those it who volunteer. They partnership with several schools and community groups to structure meaningful volunteer opportunities to give youths the opportunity to help others and hopefully to instill in their life long value the need to always give back.