Volunteers serve up smiles at Hospitality House

By Jeff Eason (eason@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Jul. 2 | Modified: Jul. 2
Volunteers serve up smiles at Hospitality House

From left, Terry Wolfe, Brooke Wolfe, Hospitality House food and nutrition director Allison Jennings and Celeste Law serve up piping hot meals at Monday’s down-home fish fry.

Photo by Jeff Eason

Perhaps no other meal screams summertime like the old-fashioned, down-home fish fry.

Cook up a batch of flounder or catfish and serve it with coleslaw and cornbread, and you’ve got Southern eating at its finest.

That’s just what some volunteers did this week at the Hospitality House in Boone. Volunteers from Oak Grove Baptist Church in Boone and Mountain View Baptist Church in North Wilkesboro donned aprons this past Monday and helped the Hospitality House put on its down home fish fry for lunch and dinner. The event also served as an open house so that folks from the Wilkes County community could see what the Hospitality House is all about.

“It is a privilege to serve Wilkes County,” said incoming Hospitality House director and Wilkes County resident Tina Krause. “I am acutely aware of the issues facing low-income and at-risk families in Wilkes and am so happy that we are able to provide services to them as one of our four primary counties.”

In 2013, Hospitality House provided 2,134 nights of shelter, food and other services to Wilkes County’s homeless population.

“We serve more people from our home county of Watauga than from anywhere else,” Krause said. “After that, it seems to go back and forth between Ashe County and Wilkes County on which county we see the most people from.”

According to Krause, volunteers from Wilkes County will perform a number of services this week at Hospitality House, including taking the children bowling, as part of their service projects at various churches.

“Many churches are finding local missions and service projects to work on rather than sending their volunteers abroad,” Krause said.

Currently, there are 16 children living on site at Hospitality House. The organization also works with local landlords to find low-cost housing for families trying to get back on their feet.

Hospitality House also sponsors workshops for both their clients and the general public. Recently, chefs from Westglow Resort and Spa, Restaurant G at Gideon Ridge, the New Public House and others held chef classes for residents and the public in the dining room at the Hospitality House.

Hospitality House is located at 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone, just off of Bamboo Road. For more information, contact Todd Carter at (828) 264-1237.

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