Dear Friends of Martha’s;
Downtown Saint Albans is the home of an exciting opportunity for our community, we’ve seen growth and change come in just a few years. Our downtown is becoming a finely cut gem in Northwestern Vermont. Cars with out-of-state plates are beginning to line our streets and returning visitors are becoming the norm. Soon, (I have faith!) the weather will warm and evenings will echo with the sound of music and laughter as we take advantage of outside seating and enjoy our friends and family, over a table, a drink and a meal.
On one window on one door on Main Street there is a humble sign, for a humble mission with big dreams to meet a growing need. Each weekday, from 8 am until near 1 pm, people come through that door, down the hall and sit at tables, talk with friends, sit with their children, enjoy hot meals and receive companionship and care from a loving, mostly volunteer, staff. Martha’s Kitchen has been a part of our community since 1984. On their opening day, they served ten meals. On a day that I recently volunteered, we served over 100. Martha’s has grown from serving lunch five days a week, to providing hot breakfast and lunch and take home meals five days a week, as well as community brunches. We serve individuals and families, some who are with us from shortly after we open until we close, others who come in before work and on their lunch-break.
Even with this growth, the need in our community is not met. Our goal is to be open seven days a week. Our current rental space is up for sale, and we are now in need of a new home. We long for a place that we can call our own, although we will be happy to rent again, in what will be our fourth location, we are not adverse to owning our own building. Although we love being on Main street, anywhere that is in the downtown area, or easily accessible to down town, perhaps on the bus route, would be a viable option. If you know of such a space, please contact Bob Begley, (802)524-9749, or via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I have served as the pastor of First Baptist Church in Saint Albans for nearly 16 years. I’ve been in and out of Martha’s Kitchen since it was on Lake Street, in the Saint Albans House, on Kingman Street, in the Samaritan House/Tim’s Place and, now, in its current location next to Subway. Martha’s Kitchen has become a bright, clean, welcoming place. We welcome people where they are and seek to create, with them, a community where they can grow and have their needs met. We are blessed to have the help of area churches, NCSS, NWMC, probation and parole, and our civic and business leaders.
Secretary of Martha’s Kitchen