Information from Mission Solano:
Over the weekend at Ruby RV Park in Lakeview, OR, Mission Solano picked up a mobile kitchen trailer to be used at the Bridge to Life Center.
Mission Solano has launched a $55,000 fundraising campaign for the mobile kitchen and associated costs of operation, including: permit fees, equipment replacement costs and food supplies to stock the kitchen to begin serving meals this week.
Lakeview, Oregon resident John R. Cogar used the mobile kitchen trailer for one year – after investing in custom recondition work on the kitchen – as a kitchen for a temporary business serving the construction workers building the Ruby Natural Gas Pipeline in Lake County, Oregon. Mr. Cogar closed the business in June, 2011 when the pipeline was completed. The kitchen was built in 2008 in Casper, Wyoming using a 2000 Bear 48-foot Concession Trailer.
In anticipation of the delivery of the mobile kitchen by volunteer driver and Hiddenbrooke resident, Tim Osterhout, Mission Solano Founder and CEO, Ron Marlette explained the strategic significance of the acquisition:
“Mission Solano started with the donation of a bus thirteen years ago, today we will be taking another big step, something Mission Solano has dreamed of for years: a fully equipped kitchen to provide three hot, nutritious meals each day to our residents and guests.”
“The mobile kitchen meals will allow us to secure additional grant funding to serve forty homeless Veterans, and we already have plans for a July 4th celebration honoring the Veterans in our care.”
Marlette praised the cooperation of Mr. Cogar, Mr. Osterhout and City and County permit officials in working with Mission Solano.
“This mobile kitchen is a dream that is becoming reality, thanks to the generosity and partnership of John Cogar. We are grateful to Mr. Osterhout who is driving over 730 miles round trip to hook up and deliver our ‘meals solution’ for tens of thousands of people in need in Solano County and Northern California, today and for the future. This endeavor is a wonderful example of the faithful American spirit and the pioneer nature of our State and our Mission.”
Mission SOLANO’s residential programs include the Bridge to Life Center for formerly homeless Veterans, at-risk women, and at-risk women with children, and the Rays of H.O.P.E. program for men in transition. Emergency shelter is available at the Mission’s Community Outreach Center at 740 Travis Boulevard. On any given night, over 160 men, women and children receive shelter, food, showers, and case management services through the Mission’s emergency and transitional housing shelters. Nomadic Shelter guests stay on average 50 days, while Bridge to Life Center guests stay on average 80 days.
To make a donation to support homeless Solano County neighbors through Mission Solano, or for more information about our programs, please contact us online at www.missionsolano.org or call us at 707-425-FOOD (3663).