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Latest News – October 9

Last Soup Kitchen in Saguache Today

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The 4th Street Diner is holding its final (for now) Soup Kitchen of the season at 6 p.m. tonight at the 4th Street Diner in downtown Saguache. It’s FREE. Photo: Saguache Today/Kathy Bedell

The last soup’s on for Esther Mae’s Community SOUP Kitchen will be held tonight starting at 6 p.m. at the 4th Street Diner. Tonight’s menu will be a community pot luck and include some Karaoke entertainment with The Music Man.

Everyone is welcome to this gathering of friends, family, and neighbors. This will be the last Soup Kitchen for this grant cycle which was generously provided since January thanks to Saguache HEART.

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Esther Mae’s Community Soup Kitchen was 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.

So come and join the celebration of the last Soup Kitchen in downtown Saguache Today. The 4th Street Diner is located at 411 4th Street.

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

 

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Latest News – September 4

Laboring the Weekend Away: 123 years Later

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REMINDER: Ester Mae’s Soup Kicthen will not be happening tonight – September 4 – due to Labor Day holiday, but they will be back next week – September 11. See you then!

Labor Day Weekend: for many, this three-day weekend represents the final fling of summer.For others in the San Luis Valley, it’s the last warm-weather holiday for backyard cookouts before the cooler weather sends people indoors. For those living in Saguache Today, it’s heart-felt thank you to all who toil away, so that others may enjoy the fruits of your LABOR. But first, a quick reminder that tonight’s usual Monday Night Ester Mae’s Soup Kitchen at the 4th Street Diner is taking a “pass” this week (Sept. 4), but will be back with some great deliciousness on September 11. 

So for those who do have to work today, it’s a special Happy Labor Day to you, the American worker for whom this holiday was created 123 years ago. The roots of this celebration can be traced back to a time when the U.S. workforce was experiencing great transition. The Industrial Revolution was in full swing and people were trading in their rural farm lives for the dream of a secure, year-round income that came with a factory job. Unfortunately, they often found themselves toiling 12 – 14 hour days in dingy, and sometimes dangerous conditions.

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Historic Labor Day Parade in New York. Photo: Free Nice Pictures.

It was his outrage concerning these working conditions that prompted Peter McGuire, a leader of the carpenters union, with the idea of a day for workers to show their solidarity. So in 1882, they had a big parade in New York. Workers showed their disdain for working conditions by carrying signs that read, “Eight hours for work, eight hours for rest and eight hours for recreation!” The whole happening turned out to be more of a festival than a demonstration. There were picnics and fireworks, plus everyone took the day off from work.

The demonstration was successful in capturing the interest of the nation, motivating President Grover Cleveland to sign a bill making the first Monday in September a national holiday honoring the American worker. Ultimately, his gesture was viewed as political, trying to appease an unhappy constituency concerning his handling of a labor strike at the Pullman Company in Chicago which left 34 people dead. Cleveland’s scheme did not work. While Labor Day was established as a national holiday, the president lost his bid for re-election.

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!