A place at God’s table
Nearly every night of the year, The Mustard Seed shelter is full. On average, 350 men and women sleep at the shelter, have a hot shower, receive clean clothes, and enjoy three nutritious meals a day.
The meals play an important role in offering hope to people experiencing homelessness. Sharing food is part of building community; it is a way of extending fellowship and grace.
Partnering with Calgary businesses
One of the dedicated groups that regularly sponsor a meal and volunteer in the kitchen is the Calgary Airport Authority, also called YYC.
Karina, an Executive Assistant at YYC, was busy buttering buns with her daughter for the evening meal when we caught up with her. “It’s chance for employees to get to know other employees. We are so busy with our day-to-day work, and this is just a nice getaway. It’s not work,” says Karina.
Rob, the Director of Electrical at YYC, jokes that his day job is to “keep the lights on at the airport!”
However, on this evening, he was busy chopping vegetables and says, “I think it’s a wonderful place; you (The Mustard Seed) do great things and I like to be a part of that.”
“As a corporation it’s important to give back to the community,” adds Karina.
The Mustard Seed is proud to be one of the five charities supported by the Calgary Airport Authority and its employees.
The Mustard Seed couldn’t do it without you
The Mustard Seed has a wonderful and caring kitchen staff, but it’s not possible for staff alone to cook and serve over 1,000 meals a day. We depend on the support of thousands of donors and volunteers to help cover the cost of the meals and/or supply the manpower needed in the kitchen.
Sometimes our volunteers and donors are groups or businesses; often they are individuals giving us their time and money. We are very grateful to all of our generous donors and volunteers. Thank you.
“Give us this day our daily bread.” (Matthew 6:11)