Can We Help came into existence on a summer evening in 2010 when Lynn & Charlie Priore, Sandra & Bob Durst and Donna Nowack decided to take a pot of spaghetti to a group of homeless men and women at the Jensen Beach causeway. Since that first pot of spaghetti, Can We Help has served over 10,000 home cooked meals to homeless and needy men, women and children.
Unlike institutional kitchens or facilities, each meal is home cooked by a dedicated volunteer who has agreed to supply the food and prepare the meal in their own home. Can We Help then picks up, delivers and serves that home cooked meal. Volunteers may cook one meal a year, or more often if they so desire. Through the combined efforts of almost 50 such volunteers, a meal is prepared and served every Thursday night in two locations!
We are now governed by a a eight person Board of Directors
Gail Van Slyck
We were incorporated as Florida Not For Profit Corporation July 19, 2011.
We attained IRS 501c3 status on February 11, 2013.
Can We Help currently serves meals every Thursday evening at two locations from anywhere between 30-50 people! In addition to home cooked meals, Can We Help provides clothing, toilet articles, tents and other essentials that are donated from our generous community.
Can we Help now has over 50 “cooks” who volunteer yearly and another 30 plus volunteers who regularly assist in serving the meals, sorting and sizing clothing, operating and maintaining the Can We Help delivery van, gathering toilet articles, providing transportation for those in need to and from medical or dental appointments, assisting in obtaining documentations needed for jobs, and as of January 2016, providing tutoring for the GED exam!
Can We Help is assisted in its ministry by the cooperation of other nonprofit partners throughout our community, and we so appreciate them: Volunteers in Medicine, Light of the World Charities, Carpenter’s Kitchen of St. Joseph’s Church, The Pine School, Martin County Sheriff’s Department, Life Builders, Mary’s Shelter, House of Hope, Treasure Coast Recovery Center, and Boys and Girls Club of Martin County!
As we reflect on the six years, we feel the call to do more…more effectively assist those who are in imminent danger of becoming homeless with the dignity, love and hope shown to us through the love of Christ!