Helping Hands of St. Louis resumes in-person service in Toledo

For the past year and a half, executives have reported having found it difficult to work with the community members they help on a daily basis.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Helping Hands of St. Louis is reopening its dining room to guests after more than 15 months.

This is a consequence of the repeal of all COVID health ordinances in the state by Governor Mike DeWine. It’s a big day for the organization after meals have been served by the roadside since the pandemic started.

Director Sue Shrewsberry says it’s exciting to get back to pre-pandemic operations.

“It will be nice to see their faces first,” she said. “The vaccinated can take off their masks and just interact with them, talk to them, find out how they are doing.”

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Shrewsberry says this is also a chance for Helping Hands to find out if there are any issues in their community and if they need help from other social services through Catholic charities. For the past year and a half, it has been a challenge to connect with the community members they help on a daily basis.

As more people return in person, Helping Hands of St. Louis also needs a new commercial stove.

“It doesn’t cook at a uniform temperature,” Shrewsberry said. “It is difficult for our chef to make a cake when half of it is not baking and the other half is overdone.”

Helping Hands chef David Smith says the stove and burners work, but the oven does not maintain a constant temperature.

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“We have a freezer full of turkey and other meat that we’d like to prepare and serve, but we can’t use the two ovens,” he said.

You want to replace the currently 15-year-old stove with a new 60-inch natural gas stove with four to six burners and two ovens, at least one of which has convection.

According to Smith, something like this can cost anywhere from $ 10,000 to $ 15,000.

The organization says that a used commercial oven will work as long as it is in good condition.

If you want to donate, you can do so here. If someone would like to donate a commercial stove, call Helping Hands at 419-691-0613 ext 101.

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