We provide a hot meal twice per week to anyone who is hungry and in need of a comfortable place to sit, eat, and talk. With the help of our vibrant and caring community, and people like you, our Monday and Thursday meal program truly shows the power of community. Meals are served from 5:00pm until 6:15pm at Good Shepherd Methodist Church.
If you are interested in helping those in need or learning more about what we do, please explore our site or contact us directly.
WHO WE SERVE
Power in Community continues to be out motto and we continue to grow through the generous support of our local community and donations from like-minded organizations. Please take part and become part of our history!
Over 30 years ago as an opportunity to enhance weekly fellowship and help feed a small number of less fortunate in their community Good Shepherd United Methodist Church (GSUMC) started a Wednesday Night Dinner Program. A few years ago, the number of needy people taking advantage of the program had grown to a point that GSUMC decided to separate the program into two activities. They continued to host a Wednesday night dinner for the church congregation and launched a Thursday Night Dinner Program, calling it “Shepherds Table,” feeding those in need of a meal and the homeless. By spring 2012, Shepherd’s Table could no longer be sustained due to a down turn in the economy and declining resources.
In October 2012, Veronica Haileyesus Bullock and Deanna Gerhart re-launched the Thursday Night Dinner Program at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. In February 2013, the ladies presented their vision for opening a permanent soup kitchen at a community meeting to raise awareness of the need in Charles County and to garner support to establish a non-profit organization built and served by and for the community - where everyone and anyone in the community would be welcome! It was here that Our Place Waldorf was born.
WHO WE SERVE
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Our Place Waldorf wants to provide nutrient-rich daily meals to Charles County residents in need seven days per week. We feel this is the first step towards improving the quality of life of those who are struggling, but it is just the tip of the iceberg. Families and individuals who are without homes or sufficient income often need other basic living requirements as well, such as personal hygiene items and clothing.
Offering these services either at Our Place or in partnership with other non-profits and social service agencies throughout the county are part of a long-term vision for Our Place. Improving quality of life involves more than just fulfilling the basic needs of an individual or family. Enrichment and enjoyment also play a role in leading a happier, more fulfilling life. Future plans for Our Place Quality of Life Programs include implementing a series of onsite activities meant to entertain and provide some fun for people of all ages
What does hunger look like? What about homelessness?
These statistics to the left are alarming, but here at Our Place Waldorf, we put a face to that number. More importantly, we realize that hunger affects all races, religion, ethnicity, age and gender. Homelessness is on the rise and one symptom can be seen with the number of vacant homes throughout Charles County.
Simply put, hunger and homelessness can look like your neighbor and that’s why we at Our Place Waldorf welcome and serve ALL who are in need of a hot meal within the Charles County community. We believe in the harnessing the power of community to come together to feed the less fortunate among us.
Our Place Waldorf is not just a soup kitchen. In addition to serving food, we provide friendship, donated clothing, personal hygiene kits and additional resources when available.
Each week on Thursday evenings from 5pm-6:30 pm at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church located at 305 E. Smallwood Drive, Waldorf, Maryland we provide a warm nutritious meal to those in need.
Funding and food preparation comes from volunteers and people like you. Meal sponsors, food donations, and needed supplies are received via solicitation, word of mouth, and through social media and our website. Our Place Waldorf, Inc. serves over 70 people each week at that number is steadily growing. The average cost to provide these meals is approximately $150-$225 weekly. From October 4, 2012 through August 31, 2015, we served 5,748 meals to 3,885 adults and 1,863 children. All of this is made possible because contributions and support from the community.
WHO WE SERVE
Our Mission Statement
To provide Charles County, Maryland residents in need with a daily nutritious meal, friendship, and additional resources in an unbiased environment.