Teen Feed is an incredible organization that I feel honored to serve as both a volunteer and a board member. My family has volunteered for Teen Feed for nine years and can't say enough great things about the people and guests they serve. For us, however, what really sets Teen Feed apart is the way in which volunteers are able to be involved. Every time we go, we bring people along, who then thank us again and again for introducing them to such an incredible experience. I highly recommend giving it a shot!!
Teen Feed is amazing!!! Thanks to Teen Feed, youth living on the streets know that they can get a hot, healthy dinner 365 days of the year--that Teen Feed will always be there for them. But youth come to Teen Feed for so much more than the food. Teen Feed is a safe, cozy welcoming place--free from any judgment or drama--where youth can hang out with friends. Equally important, it is a place where teens can talk with caring adults: volunteer advocates and Teen Feed Case Managers-- who can connect these teens to the services they need to move off the streets. Every night, Teen Feed also offers teens countless hygiene items and clothing.
Teen Feed understands how to run an effective youth program. Teen Feed has very specific rules for the teen guests; rules that are strictly enforced to assure that Teen Feed remains a safe place for everyone. The coolest part is: Teen Feed is very upfront with the rules--explaining them to every new guest. And because guests know that Teen Feed is their ally, they consistently respect the rules. Youth love Teen Feed.
Also impressive is the financial picture. Teen Feed meals are prepared and served by volunteer meal teams. The meal teams also do the shopping and donate the food to the program. The adult "advocates" who sit and eat with the guests are all volunteers; so are the "allies" who pass out hygiene items. Even the dining room spaces are donated.
Teen Feed volunteers stay with the organization for years because they know they are doing awesome work, and because they know they are appreciated. Teen Feed thanks its volunteers every single day. It feels good to volunteer there.
Teen Feed also employs amazing people who are so dedicated to working with youth living on the streets. Teen Feed professionals are an incredibly knowledgeable, skilled, hard-working group passionate about making a difference in the lives of youth.
Lastly, Teen Feed services go beyond the meal experience. Teen Feed does street outreach to find those kids who may not be aware of the services available. Teen Feed also offers daytime case management. In short, Teen Feed begins with a meal but its ultimate mission is providing youth with the opportunities they need to be personally and professionally successful in life off the streets.
I started working with Teen Feed when I was a Youth Counselor for AYR. I have seen many kids come and get fed a great meal with love and respect. It's a time for the kiddos to come together and have fun with out all the strictness. Don't get me wrong teen feed has its rules also. Teen Feed is a Nonprofit organization that really cares about the young people and want to help them. I have enjoyed myself working with Teen Feed. I am on a cooking team for the Children's Home Society. We have the same agenda and mindset as Alexis and Joe is to help young people. This is a great organization to come and volunteer your time and skills, cooking for children who really appreciate the effort that is being put forth.
The CHS team will be coming back soon. We were waiting for an opening.
Thanks Alexis and Joe and the whole Teen Feed team