Pamplin Media Group – A special Christmas dinner

Pamplin Media Group – A special Christmas dinner

A local resident found that offering a holiday meal to visitors to Craig’s Compassionate Café blessed her as well as those who participated.

Pamplin Media Group – A special Christmas dinnerThe passion for reaching out to local residents who “have no one and nowhere” was demonstrated by a local Prineville resident on Christmas Day.

When visitors to Craig’s Compassionate Café asked if there would be a dinner on Christmas Day, a local Redemption House resident, Pevonka (last name not mentioned), took it upon herself to make sure there was a meal for them.

“I was serving lunch at the cafe on Christmas Eve and a couple of people asked me if we were going to have dinner on Christmas,” Pevonka said. “I decided that I should make a dinner and let them know. We didn’t have a ton of people turn out, because no one really knew about it except those. I decided I would make a nice dinner for the people who didn’t. I have nowhere to go, so I pretended I was cooking for my family, and I cooked a ham and a turkey and everything I needed to go with it. ”

She indicated that she also made the residents of the women’s shelter enjoy the food, with about twenty people sitting down to dinner. They had all the traditional sides except the desserts.

“People seem to like my cooking, so it’s gratifying. I was able to send some leftovers home with the people who are regulars at coffee, so it felt good.”

Wonka said cooking the food was very therapeutic, as she recently lost a member of her family.

“This was our first Christmas without Selene’s father (Selene is his daughter), so being able to cook her favorite dishes and give them to people who might not otherwise get a meal was really important and special to us. He helped us make our Christmas better, otherwise it would have been much more difficult emotionally. I was really grateful that people showed up, ate and enjoyed themselves. ”

He indicated that the shelter has given him a place to give back.

“I’ve always had a great place in my heart for forgotten people, and people who really have no one and nowhere. Those are the most special to me,” shared Pevonka. “So I’m really grateful to have this facility to use and be a part of, to remember those people and honor and nurture them and remind them that they are important.

He concluded that he is happy to be there to share what the refuge gives of what is destined.

“A big thank you to our community, our companies and private citizens who have donated. Our community is very generous, generous and kind. They have given a lot to this place and have allowed us to take care of these people and give them what they would not want.” otherwise, “concluded Pevonka.

The Redemption House Women’s Shelter believes in keeping families together whenever possible and supporting women with children to remain in a safe and homelike environment. Its goal is to provide women and their children with security and hope during their stay. Once basic shelter and food needs are provided, staff are available to help them access community resources and assist them on their journey to stable housing.

Lorita Launders, shelter house manager, added: “We welcome them here and help them progress in life to help them find a job or help them get a home, or help them if they need drug and alcohol classes or if they need the Better care. We provide them with a structured life downstairs to help them learn responsibilities and really give them a lot of guidance and show them Jesus. ”

He added that they have morning meetings and devotion / prayer, which helps start the day and gives them structure.

“I’m so proud of Pevonka for taking this on to do this,” Redemption House Director Cindy Burback commented on Pevonka’s selfless act. “He asked me if I could make dinner and then invite some people I knew who came to the cafe on a regular basis.”

Burback added, “I’m really proud of her, and I want to thank the community and the response we got after the last story (in the Nov. 16 issue of Central Oregonian). We got a lot of really good donations and a lot of goodwill that He came our way, and I really, really appreciate it. ”

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