For Morning Glory Ministries to continually meet the needs of those struggling with homelessness there is a lot of things that happen behind the scenes. It’s often not glorious but we couldn’t help and do what we do without the help of volunteers, local organizations, and businesses. This week I wanted to highlight a few of those.
Every week one of our volunteers picks up pastries, donuts and desserts from Hy-Vee and Sun fresh. The Downtown Chipotle donates 5 to 10 pounds of steak each week that we use for various meals we serve on the weekends. Gus’ World Famous Chicken (http://gusfriedchicken.com/) brings us leftover chicken every week that we feed our guests.
A majority of our hygiene products we give out in Emergency Assistance come from Giving the Basics (https://www.givingthebasics.org) . This non-profit receives hygiene products from businesses and hotels and redistributes them to agencies all over the Kansas City Metro Area.
About 85% of our food comes from Harvesters. Each week we order food at a minimal cost and are also able to shop at the Harvesters facility (http://www.harvesters.org). Harvesters covers a 26 county area and we would be unable to provide the 82,000 meals a year we cook without their support.
We have partnered with Grace and Holy Trinity Cathedral for over 30 years to feed the homeless in downtown. They helped to start Nourish KC (http://episcopalcommunity.org/) an organization who provides us with deli meat for sandwiches every week. They also provide us with interns from their culinary program who come and serve at Morning Glory for 5 weeks as part of their job skill training.
Each week we have volunteers who shop at the various thrift stores to purchase clothing items like jeans that we are constantly in need of. We have also partnered with Savers Thrift Store (https://www.savers.com/) who donates us backpacks and other various clothes items.
We also partner with Enoch Magazine (http://www.enochmagazine.com) a non profit media movement that helps us with videos and design, and social media.
Other volunteers shop at Sam’s club to pick up our orders for food and cleaning supplies we use each week. We employ 4 people who are in Catholic Charities ( https://www.catholiccharities-kcsj.org/) Seniors Back to Work Program. This program pays their salaries and provides support for our staff. Many businesses and schools volunteer regularly which includes JE Dunn, Colliers, Baldwin Clothing, Mazumma Credit Union, The Smile Salon and Day Spa, Rockhurst University, UMKC, Research Nursing, St. Teresa’s Academy, Notre Dame de Sion, Rockhurst High School, O’Hara High School, Bishop Ward High School, St. Pius High School, St. James Academy, St. Thomas Aquinas High School, and Shawnee Mission Easy Junior Board, and Serve KC. Over 40 different churches and parishes also volunteer on a regular basis.
Every month over 400 volunteers choose to donate their time at Morning Glory to help serve and prepare meals. They also help to fulfill the Emergency Assistance needs of guests during the week and sort all the incoming clothing donations and organize the EA storage areas. Volunteers are the heart and soul of Morning Glory Ministries. We count and depend on them so we can continue the mission of bringing dignity to the poor, needy, and homeless in downtown Kansas City.