Circles Magazine wants to get involved in the community and become a partner with other Nonprofit Organizations, we visited the Las Vegas Rescue Mission for a first-hand look @ what it takes to be a Volunteer. Assistant Director of Development, Ms. Shannon Mengel welcomed us with a wonderful tour of the Mission and what makes it work.
The Las Vegas Rescue Mission occupies over 5 acres of space where they have buildings for their Administration
& Dining Hall, Food for the Homeless, Warehouse Packaging, Residents, Furniture & Thrift stores, and Meals. The Las Vegas
Rescue Mission prepares and serves about 1,000 meals a day to the hungry in the community, residents in the program, and
emergency shelter guests. In 2014, over 350,000 meals were served.
The Mission offers emergency food for hundreds of needy families through their Food Pantry program. Mothers with babies are provided with formula, baby food, diapers, and during November and December, Holiday food baskets are distributed.
The Dining Hall seats 300 people and is very well-maintained by its dedicated crew. From floors to Condiments, the Bread shelf, and the counter are all meticulously kept a certain way that helps promote a positive and clean environment to commune and share food. The tour included a “behind the-scenes” walk through of the dining hall kitchen to see the experts in action preparing for today’s lunch service.
The Dining Hall energy is the Mission’s trademark of service and honor, a great inspiration to all of us.
After the tour we were offered a front row seat and bottled water refreshment. Watching the scene unfold, we were informed that a group of volunteers are on their way to serve for lunch; Circles Magazine caught a glimpse of what it takes to volunteer at the Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
The Nevada Allstate Claims Office Team arrived to “serve the day” at the 300 seat dining hall. We watched the team put on their gloves, aprons, and hairnets in their Helping Hands Nevada sponsorship shirts.
We introduced ourselves and spoke with their team member, Steve Ray. Steve explained that their team’s participation is part of a Nationwide Program developed by Allstate to help communities around the country wherever Allstate is, in partnership with Helping Hands of Nevada. What a wonderful way to give back.