Monthly Archives: April 2010

HOUSE NEWS: SUMMER SCHEDULE CHANGES – Are you in?

This week, we’re in the process of changing up our schedule a bit to match the needs of folks we’re serving with the availability of volunteers.  This week, we will be following the schedule below (note change to café time). If you can commit to regular volunteering for a period of time for any of these projects between now and June 18, please email us and let us know this week. We’ll be making the new schedule next weekend.

Tuesday Coffeehouse – 12:30 – 3:30

  • 12:30 – 1:00 Preparation
  • 1-3 Serving and clean-up
  • 3- 3:30 Clean up

Wednesday Café 11  – 4 (café will be open from noon-3 when most of our guests are here)

  • 11-noon  Preparation
  • 12-3 Serving and clean up
  • 3-4 Clean up

Thursday Coffeehouse – 12:30 – 3:30

  • 12:30 -1 Preparation
  • 1-3 Serving and Clean up
  • 3-3:30 Clean up

Friday Breakfast Brigade – 4:15-7

Thanks!

HOUSE NEWS: Last Roundtable of the semester, extra help needed this week

Baby Guerilla Sunflowers

For more information on what’s happening at the Green House this week, please click here.

The highlight of this week will be our last Roundtable of the year, featuring Iris Zielske, former community member and UF graduate. She will lead us in a discussion about her decision to go to Tanzania to work at an orphanage there rather than immediately pursue her profession as an engineer. She’ll also share about her former experience as a summer volunteer at Hananasif Orphanage and the plans for her current trip (see a video of Iris describing Hananasif here). We invite and would LOVE to see those of you who are graduating and leaving town this semester as well as those who have made similar decisions to Iris’ or are considering the possibilities – and everyone else of course. Please bring a dish to share if you can. If you can’t, then come anyway.

We could use a little extra volunteer help this week as John is out of town, particularly in the following projects. Please see “this week” for the other volunteer opportunities and email to let us know if and when you can help.

  • Tuesday’s Coffee House – set up and serve, hang out, play cards, checkers or other games.
  • Wednesday’s Cafe – We have gotten some beautiful lettuce from the farmers market again this week and need help transforming it, along with some of the other beautiful spring produce we’ve gleaned, into chef salads Let Kelli know if you can stop by at 10 to get things ready (gvillecw@yahoo.com).
  • Friday’s Breakfast Brigade – If your time in Gainesville is winding down, here’s your chance to volunteer one last time at the earliest venue in town.

Thanks as always for all the ways you support us!

Kelli and John

HOUSE NEWS: CIW march, salad-making, and future Roundtable

For more information on what’s happening at the Green House this week, please click here.

A big thanks to students at St. Francis High and Matthew Irwin’s fellow Knights of Columbus for providing both the soup and the labor for last Wednesday’s cafe! And a thank you in advance to folks who donated collards, salad greens, and goat cheese to this week’s. It is so good to be able to serve such healthy food for people who come to the house. Preparing all those greens is a bit labor intensive, so if anyone of you are available to help on Wednesday morning starting at 10am, please let Kelli know!

This weekend is the Farmworker Freedom March in Lakeland.  The Coalition of Immokalee Workers will be presenting Publix with their request that Publix join other corporations in working together to insure that farmworkers are treated justly (see our letter to Publix here). Three different caravans will be leaving Gainesville to join in – one on Thursday evening for all three days, one on Friday for just the weekend, and on on Saturday night for those that can only participate on Sunday. If you are interested in going, please contact Richard Blake with the UF Student Farmworker Alliance – 813-767-8512 or richard@sfalliance.org – as soon as possible. Plans will be finalized Tuesday.

Even though this is the third week of the month, we are postponing our Roundtable to next Thursday, the 22nd. This will be the last Roundtable of the semester and we hope that those of you who are graduating and/or leaving Gainesville will stop by and say goodbye. Iris Zielske, a former community member and UF student, will talk about her decision to postpone grad school and work in the U.S. to return instead to Tanzania to work with an orphanage there.  We invite those interested in Iris’ work as well as those who have taken time off to volunteer themselves to come listen, learn, and share. NEXT Thursday.

This week, we especially need your help with the following projects (see “this week” for details):

  • Tuesday’s Coffee House – set up and serve, hang out, play cards, checkers or other games.
  • Wednesday’s cafe – this week we’ll need help with food prep, especially making a healthy chef salad from all the delicious, fresh spring produce we’ve been gleaning. Let Kelli know if you can stop by at 10 to get things ready (gvillecw@yahoo.com).
  • Friday’s Breakfast Brigade – If your time in Gainesville is winding down, here’s your chance to volunteer one last time at the earliest venue in town.

HOUSE NEWS: Easter and Thanksgiving

Ms. Houchen's Class

For an update on what’s happening at the Green House this week, please click here.

Happy Easter!

What a week of wonder Holy Week was for the House.  First, there were two great Coffee Houses with delicious food served from Karen Biery’s kitchen. Then there was Diedre Houchen’s high school English class helping out with the cafe –  a warm, interesting and interested group of young people led by a very special teacher. They chopped, stirred, kneaded, served and ate lunch, after which they gave out “goodie bags” made by a sweet student and cafe volunteer from St. Francis High.  Later in the week, along came a literal roomful of Easter baskets made by students at St. Pat’s. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and neighbors brought home traditional baskets to kids in need. And adults were  given baskets with toiletries, playing cards, paper, pens, and other treats.  It was an amazing week, and we were so happy to be able to share in the generosity of our community.

Here’s something for you, if you’re interested! Years ago, we visited the Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C. and were intrigued. Their model of community and their balance between reflection and action is both a challenge and an inspiration.  We recently became aware that they have a “blog” – Inward/Outward – where they post short, daily reflections from writings of folks like Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Clarence Jordan as well as by their pastor Gordon Crosby. Good stuff!  You can sign up to receive them daily by email if you like that sort of thing (Kelli does).

Thank you again for all the ways you help The Green House do what it does.  Hope to see you soon.

Kelli and John

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