On a snowy morning in November, RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps members in Coralville were helping make the Thanksgiving season a bit brighter for their community. For their “Day of Thanks” event, RefugeeRISE members at Path of Hope prepared food baskets that individuals could use to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for their family. The baskets were filled with many different food items, such as pork loins, hamburger patties, filet mignon, sirloin steaks, eggs, acorn squash, chicken, cereal, bread, perishables, spinach, kale, strawberries, cottage cheese, or sandwiches.
Path of Hope decorated an empty room in their office building with Thanksgiving-themed tablecloths, balloons, and streamers. From 9 AM until noon, many RefugeeRISE members handed out food from 9 in the morning until noon to 138 individuals from 31 families who had braved the cold to attend the event.
Susan Shultz, a RefugeeRISE member at Path of Hope who helped lead this project, estimates that at least $6000 dollars worth of food was distributed. During the two weeks leading up to the event, Susan helped to coordinate food donations, obtain thrift store vouchers, and made food at the event for the individuals that visited. RefugeeRISE members at Path of Hope had also compiled information about different services in the area that attendees could use during the holiday season. Susan describes that it was a “beautiful” event and a wonderful way to “give thanks for [their] clients.”
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The service members of RefugeeRISE AmeriCorps have compiled stories of success during their membership. This blog was created with the intent of sharing these valuable stories with the public.