Presbyterian families understand that a home-cooked meal satisfies hunger and soothes the soul. This week the School partnered with Homemade Hope, a nonprofit organization founded by PS Parent Brooke Bentley (Max Gunst '30 and Luke Gunst '28), to host a school-wide drive for essential cooking items needed by the nonprofit. Homemade Hope empowers Houston's at-risk children by teaching them how to cook, a skill that brings stability to their lives through the tradition of family meals.
Each grade was asked to bring one specific item. Early Childhood brought children's latex-free gloves, 27 packages of napkins, and paper bowls. The Lower School donated more than 2,000 plastic spoons, hand sanitizer, extra virgin olive oil, 800 30-gallon trash bags and multi-purpose cleaner. The Middle School topped it off with donations of parchment paper sheets, 23 packages of adult latex-free gloves and 17 bottles of dish soap. In all, the School donated more than 3,000 items to the local nonprofit. We are incredibly grateful for the overflowing generosity of the School community. The drive was a success because of the collective donations across every single grade level, PK3-8th grade.
“Homemade Hope is an amazing organization,” says Chaplain Jo Leever. “They seek to introduce children to experiences and opportunities beyond the walls of homeless shelters, giving them hope for a better future. We feel so blessed to be in the PS community who unselfishly gives to others in need. Thank you for the outpouring of items that are desperately needed by Homemade Hope to accomplish their mission.”
“My heart wells up with gratitude from these past few days!” exclaims Chaplain Brenton Smith. “We are blown away by the response to support Homemade Hope. What a gift to be part of a community who tangibly embodies our core value of compassion. We pray that the families we collected items for this week experience a taste of God's love through the work of Homemade Hope.”
Established in 2014, Homemade Hope provides hands-on cooking classes, holiday celebrations and field trips for at-risk Houston children. While learning about nutritious foods, children acquire cooking skills, develop self-esteem, receive emotional and academic support, and delight in the joy of homemade meals. Homemade Hope serves the children at Star of Hope, Corder Place, Small Steps and SEARCH's Tiny Treasures.