Turlock Gospel Mission

Monte Vista Chapel is serving dinner (starting April 18) each Monday night for our guests from the homeless community.  There are two ways you can help. You can form a team to provide and serve dinner for one of the Monday evenings…. or you can help another team by donating toward the cost of the ingredients. If this is something you are interested in, please contact Danny Resendiz at 620-9398.

Monday Night Meals

Did you know that in one year we as a church body served 2394 individual meals through our partnership with Turlock Gospel Mission (TGM)? Many who have served in this ministry have seen their perspective on the homeless change. They have learned the names of homeless friends, have heard their stories, and have seen that we are more alike than different. There have been many nights when a guest will ask for prayer, and we get to experience the presence of Jesus together. We have shared communion together, celebrated birthdays, heard about new jobs, and watched people become more open to God.

According to TGM, they have seen the homeless population go from 0% of guests who call a local church home to 30% of their guests belonging to a local church body over the past three years. God is moving and you have a role to play.

If you have not yet joined us, consider doing so. We serve weekly meals every Monday evening from April through the beginning of November.You can arrange to feed the homeless on a Monday night with your family, a group of friends or co-workers.

Here is what your committment entails:

  • Shop for and cook a meal to serve roughly 60 people.
  • Prepare the meal in the hours heading up to your committment.
  • Serve the meal, cafeteria style, to our homeless guests.
  • Join our guests at their tables and share your meal with them.
  • Provide and present a 5-15 minute devotional to our guests.
  • Clean up the kitchen following the meal.

Monte Vista Chapel will provide you with:

  • The use of the church kitchen on Monday afternoon and evening (must be arranged in advance through the church office)
  • Plates, cups, napkins and utensils to serve your meals on/with.

For more information about Turlock Gospel Mission, or to sign-up to provide a Monday night meal for our homeless guests, please contact Danny Resendiz - Volunteer coordinator via EMAIL.