This post was contributed by MBAA Service Chairperson, Lucia Skultetyova.
For the first time, a UIC Liautaud Community Action Team visited the Crib Youth Shelter to prepare and serve a hot dinner for its residents on Friday, October 12.
The Crib is located at 835 W. Addison, underneath the Lakeview Lutheran Church. The Crib is an overnight space for 20 young troubled people, ages 18-24, to eat good food, get a good night’s sleep, be part of a community, shower, do laundry, and share some safe and affirming space together. The shelter opens its doors in October and closes in April.
On the menu for Friday's dinner were salad, lasagna, and wild blueberry and chocolate chip muffins! The Liautaud student volunteers gathered at Lucy’s home at 6:30 pm to prepare the food, since the shelter has limited kitchen space and equipment. From there, the volunteers transferred the steaming lasagnas to the Crib on North side by car.
Everything went smoothly and by 8:45pm, students were sending out the plates filled with the salad, lasagna and a muffin to the residents. After the last dish was served, our volunteer group was taken on a tour of the facility by a volunteer who has been working there for 2 years. He showed us the facility, explained the regime of the shelter, and how the residents are selected.
As our volunteer group left the shelter, we were proud of the meal we prepared and felt great knowing that we did something nice for people who need it the most.
Thank you to MBAA Student Volunteers: Lucia Skultetyova, Vicky Cambray, Shelly Henning, Steve Kohn, Wan Tan, Soon Oh Kwon.