Since the latter part of 2012, two groups of volunteers have prepared and served meals at Prince George's House Shelter (PGH) located in Capitol Heights, MD. PGH is a transitional homeless shelter that houses up to 36 men. The shelter relies on the charity and generosity of individuals to provide daily meals for the residents.
It has been a pleasure for us to serve at PGH. We've developed great relationships with some of the staff and residents. They look forward to our company and our cooking. Residents come out willingly to help carry our food and supplies into the building when we arrive. They are appreciative for what we can do for them.
Below are some pictures of our experience at Prince George's House. We are currently in need of volunteers to continue the program successfully. If you'd like to join us, even for a short amount of time or on an occasional basis, to prepare a dish and / or serve, please see Jenny Laquinte or Tammy Francois or email us at HomelessOutreach@metrosda.
[Elder and Mrs. Cort lock hands to pray and bless the food]
[Waiting to get their meals]
[Martine Fanfan and Bendu Kamah serve from behind the counter while Tamilyn Francois serves from in front of the counter]
[Tristan Kerr helps his dad, George, with the Aberdeens looking on]
[Residents and staff especially look forward to George's curried and jerk dishes]
[Earle Hall, Sr. offers a resident home made chicken soup]
[Emmanuel King transports plates to be wrapped for residents coming in later in the evening]
[Wisly Francois joins us one evening in serving the men at PGH]
[No one is too young to serve. Ask Peterson Francois and Earle Hall, Jr.]
[Frederick heard and recognized Bendu's accent as his family is also from Liberia. He requested that Bendu make fu fu for the following month. This inspired our Caribbean/African theme, and yes Bendu made and brought a special order of fu fu. Frederick was later able to obtain work selling Wyndham timeshare]
[Chef Charles Smith suffered a stroke 8 years ago that left him legally blind. He ended up at PGH when a relative he was staying with threw him out. About 5.5 months after this picture was taken, Charles transitioned out of PGH into his own apartment. Sadly, his beloved service dog, Itchy, died the day before the move. On the bright side, Charles' restaurant, Fluffy's, is soon to open. Check it out when you are in the Suitland area]
[Chadia Martin and Allen pose for a picture while watching a Ravens/Redskins football game]
[Resident Counselor Mr. Ceasar remembers who we are and when we're coming]
[Metro member Carille Walcott]
[One of our homeless outreach team leaders - Tamilyn Francois]
[Metro members Roxanne and Khadine Walters]
[We're happy to be of service]