Empty Bowls is March 10th, 2019. This heart-warming event has been happening for 28 years in our community and it benefits Community Services Agency Homeless Services Program.
I stopped by CSA to learn more about the event and I can’t wait to go on Sunday. There will be 2 seatings. The first one, which is from 3-4:30 still has some seats available. Hurry up if you want to get one!
Guests get to pick out their own handmade ceramic bowl, and it’s yours to keep. That’s right, take it home, cherish it, and think of it as a reminder that there are plenty of people in our community who rely on Community Services Agency for their nutrition.
The bowls have all been donated by the talented folks at Orchard Valley Ceramic Arts Guild. I know several of those artists and I saw some of the bowls, and believe me, they are beautiful works of art. There are over 400 bowls to choose from. Oh my goodness, I can’t wait!
Feel free to come alone, or with a friend. Everyone will be wearing name badges, and sit at group tables, so you’ll have the chance to get to know your neighbors. You know, it’s one of those events meant to build community, so plan on making some new friends.
It’s at Central Seventh Day Adventist Church, 1425 Springer Road, in Mountain View.
The soup/meal is from Armadillo Willy’s, Cascal, Chef Chu, Frankie Johnie & Luigi, La Fiesta, Nick the Greek, Opa!, Rustic House, and Tom’s Depot. Other restaurants and markets that donated delicious food include: Costco, Country Gourmet, Hobee’s, Le Boulanger, Linda Miller, Safeway, Sprouts and Trader Joes.
What kind of soup will be on the menu? Glad you asked. There will be Clam Chowder, Chicken Tortilla, Gazpacho, Beef Vegetable, Avgolemono, Chicken Rice, and Minestrone. Also Hobee’s famous coffeecake, and salad, and plenty of bread.
There will be a drawing for a Hoverboard and a Playstation 4 and a Boutique full of handmade ceramic items. It’s important to thank the sponsors this event: LinkedIn, Congregation Beth Am, Los Altos United Methodist Church, Saint Simon Catholic Parish, Home Instead, Diane Schmidt and Jeff Vadasz.
I asked Tom Myers, the Executive Director of Community Services Agency, to tell me more about the Homeless Services Program that this event supports. The program includes Case Management, which means getting people connected to the right services. Case Managers get people on the list for affordable housing, see if they qualify for low income housing or government assisted housing. The Homeless Services Program (HSP) also provides “Health Kits” which includes socks, underwear and toothpaste. HSP does outreach to those living in RVs and they have a support group for the homeless.
This program is doing some important work in our community and I’m happy to help spread the word. I’ll see you at Empty Bowls!