Access Goes to Church…
to Cook up a Mitzvah (Good Deed)!
This past Sunday, January 15th, 30 plus Jewish young professional volunteers took over the kitchen at Nast Trinity Church in Over-the-Rhine and turned a typical church basement into a restaurant for the day. It was all part of Access’ ACTout social action initiative, in partnership with the Jewish Federation, in which volunteers prepared, cooked and served breakfast to some of Cincinnati’s less fortunate, most of whom live below the poverty level or who are homeless. Participants flipped pancakes, scrambled eggs and helped welcome and wait on guests in need of a hot meal and warm heart.
This marks the fourth year in a row that ACTout has gone to Nast Trinity to host a breakfast event of this kind. We have developed a very special relationship with the church and with some of the Over-the-Rhine residents who attend every year. This year, in addition to serving a hot breakfast with all the trimmings, we supplied tablecloths, vases with fresh flowers, and table service with menus and wait staff. After all, few if any of our guests ever get the chance to go out to a restaurant, one of life’s simple pleasures that most of us take for granted. We think these extra touches gave our guests a greater sense of dignity while allowing more opportunities for interaction with our volunteers, helping to elevate the experience for everyone involved!
Click on the link below to see the news story from Channel 9: