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Helping out at the Samaritan House

As the final post of 2008 we thought we’d do one that keeps with the spirit of the Holidays. So we decided to help out at the Samaritan House in Charlotte, NC.

Samaritan House provides recuperative care to the homeless when they are discharged from the hospital.  They serve 3 meals daily in their dining room.  One of their challenges space-wise, was how to store the food items for breakfast for the guests, as well as a new microwave that didn’t have a home.

To solve this problem, we assembled a Rubbermaid steel reinforced resin shelf and helped the storage space go vertical, freeing up the wall for extra chairs.  Just wanted to share this quick trick, as the shelf assembly only took 5 minutes with entire project taking 15 minutes total!





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2 Responses to Helping out at the Samaritan House

  1. Lauren December 22, 2008 at 8:22 am #

    That is a really good idea. My mother uses that same tactic in her closet as well and uses the mini curtains.
    I am volunteering there early January so I will check in with them to see if I can add that “finishing touch” 🙂

  2. Julie Bestry December 19, 2008 at 11:58 pm #

    Nifty job–and I LOVE your reinforced resin shelves.
    I hesitate to mention this, because I’m the least crafts-y person in the world, but if the Samaritan House wanted to “hide” these items during the rest of the day, a little curtain could easily be put up by affixing Velco with double-sided tape to the vertical of the top shelf and to the “wrong” side of curtain material. It would work just like a skirt around a pedestal sink, to hide storage space. You’ve certainly got it arranged attractively on the shelves, so this is only if they wanted to discourage all-day snacking from the breakfast supplies.

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