On Saturday, July 29th, a group of service-minded PAH staff members joined forces with volunteers from the Broad Street Ministry's (BSM) Hospitality Collaborative to serve food to “vulnerable adults with complex needs” in the community, including the homeless population and victims of violence.
From the moment guests were welcomed at the door, they were treated to a restaurant-like experience. The PAH staff assembled the dining hall – centerpieces and table numbers included – and divided into hosting, plating, serving, and bussing crews. The Hospital Collective is uniquely dedicated to ensuring that there are no triggering experiences like standing in line or “competing” for meals at their services. With an abundance of food and personal items available and a supportive volunteer team engaging with guests, BSM’s trauma-informed model helps to reduce anxiety.
In fewer than three hours, 137 individuals received delicious, nutritious meals. The PAH team was proud to interact on a personal level with many members in the community who utilize and depend on our health system’s services.
If you’d like to play a part in BSM’s service and outreach programs, visit www.broadstreethospitality.org
Do you volunteer your time through community service? Do you have a project in mind but need additional resources? Apply for a CAREs grant today at PennMedicine.org/community.