Latest News – July 10

The Soup’s On in Saguache Today

By Kathy Bedell © Saguache Today

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Esther Mae’s Soup Kitchen is at 6 p.m. on Monday nights at the 4th Street Diner in downtown Saguache. It’s FREE. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

The soup’s on for Esther Mae’s Community SOUP Kitchen tonight starting at 6 p.m. and serving up deliciousness at the 4th Street Diner until 7:30 p.m. Tonight’s menu includes a French Onion soup and a Black Bean soup featuring local Gossar sausage. This evening’s meal will also include some French Baguette bread and mixed green salad.

Everyone is welcome to this gathering of friends, family, and neighbors. Also, if you know someone who is homebound and could benefit from the Soup Kitchen, please contact Easter Mae and arrangements will be made for delivery to local shut-ins.  Call (719) 655-6411.

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The 4th Street Diner is located at 411 4th Street in downtown Saguache. Colorado.

Esther Mae’s Community Soup Kitchen is made possible by a grant from the Colorado Trust, which provided more than $200,000 in funding for H.E.A.R.T. (Health Equity Action Resident Team) of Saguache/KV to continue its efforts to achieve health equity, ending inequalities so that those most affected will have fair and equitable opportunities to attain good health.

As part of its Community Partnerships initiative, The Colorado Trust, a statewide philanthropic foundation, has been collaborating with H.E.A.R.T. of Saguache/KV community members since 2015 to identify opportunities for change that would improve the lives of those living here. The community came together in a series of discussions, meetings, events and more, led by a local team of residents who oversaw the work and created a plan.

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A $3,500 portion of the Colorado Trust funds went toward the weekly Soup Kitchen which takes place Monday evenings at the 4th Street Diner in downtown Saguache. Pictured here are Laura, Laurie, Esther, and Iris. Photot: Saguache Today/ Lynn Nowiskee.

H.E.A.R.T. of Saguache/KV members spent 2016 focusing, researching  and implementing short term wins on the issues identified through holding community focus groups in the Saguache/KV, and conducting a resident survey. H.E.A.R.T. of Saguache/KV  short term wins included:

  • $4,000 to Mountain Valley Schools VISTA for the Back Pack Program; which is a program providing snacks to children for over the weekend while school is not in session.
  • $2,000 to Mountain Valley Schools McKinney-Vento Homeless Fund.
  • $1,000 to Mountain Valley Schools Student Council; to be used for Community Dinners,
  • $1,000 to MVS Booster Club to help cover fees and equipment for those most in need.
  • $3,500 to 4th Street Diner for a weekly Soup Kitchen.
  • $1,000.00 to Home Grown Totes to create the bags for Mountain Valleys Schools VISTA Back Pack Program.
  • $1,000 to the Alpine Achievers Initiative to purchase snacks for Back Pack Program; as well as another
  • $2,000.00 to go toward Alpine Achievers Initiative to go towards the transportation of youth activities.
  • $2,600 went towards the purchase of furniture for Seniors Center including; sofa, love seat, recliner, two end tables, a floor lamp, and 4 round dining tables. Funds also went towards art supplies, and sewing supplies. The Seniors groups also applied for a supplemental grant to purchase computers, and to go towards computer classes for seniors as well.

Thanks to the Colorado Trust for funding the soup kitchen – see you around the table!

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