At Elizabeth Gregory Home, we firmly believe that a warm, nutritious meal can serve as the foundation for hope and a brighter future for the women we serve.
Jennifer lost her home and is living in a tent. While she has access to a food bank, she has no place to store or cook food. Jennifer came to EGH where she received a warm welcome and lovingly prepared meals. She was able to connect with an EGH social worker and is making steps toward finding shelter and employment. Jennifer received nourishment, but also gained access to additional resources and services that she needs.
Our Meals Program is much more than just a service; it is an expression of care, dignity, and respect for the resilient women who come to us seeking solace from the hardships of homelessness.
Elizabeth Gregory Home’s Meal Program (at the EGH Day Center) serves over 1,000 meals per month to women experiencing homelessness or hardship. The program goes beyond addressing immediate hunger needs by contributing to a supportive and empowering environment for women seeking to regain stability in their lives.
- Basic Nourishment: For women experiencing homelessness, accessing regular and nutritious meals can be a challenge. Meal programs at the day center ensure that women have access to basic nourishment, promoting their health and well-being.
- Addressing Hunger and Malnutrition: Hunger and malnutrition are common issues faced by individuals experiencing homelessness. By providing regular meals, the day center helps address immediate hunger needs and improves the overall nutritional status of the women using their services.
- Building a Supportive Community: A warm meal can provide comfort and a sense of security for women experiencing homelessness. Meal programs offer a welcoming and safe space where women can gather, interact with others, and build supportive relationships, positively impacting their mental and emotional well-being. This support network can provide encouragement and resources for the women, helping them on their journey to stability and independence.
- Fostering Dignity and Respect: Providing regular meals in a compassionate and respectful manner acknowledges the dignity of each individual, regardless of their housing status. This fosters a sense of respect and self-worth among the women accessing the services.
- Gateway to Other Services: Meal programs at day centers can serve as a gateway to connecting women with other essential services, such as case management, housing assistance, mental health support, and job training. Building trust through meal services can open the door to addressing other critical needs women may have.
- Reducing Survival Pressures: For women experiencing homelessness, finding food can consume a significant portion of their time and energy. By offering meal programs, the day center helps reduce the survival pressures associated with securing basic sustenance, allowing women to focus on other aspects of improving their situation.