In the colder time of the year between November and April, the Abraham Connection Homeless Shelter in Delta has offered a hot meal and a place to sleep for those in Delta County who are down and out. Founded in 2010 "with nothing besides the desire to help those in need, a lot of faith, and a $20 donation from a local Rotarian, they offer "a hand up, not a handout." In return, their guests help other nonprofits and organizations through community service.
The Abraham Connection is this year's recipient of the Kids' Pasta Project Building Bridges Award. Inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr., and the MLK National Day of Service, the $1,000 award honors local organizations that strengthen community, empower individuals to serve their community, and that build bridges between different people and groups in the community. Presented on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Linda Hansen, a case manager, accepted the award on behalf of the organization.
"As we all sit here having this wonderful meal and all this wonderful food, I want to remind you that there are people in Delta County who are starving tonight, sleeping outside," said Hansen.
The awards banquet, a five-course gourmet dinner, was held at Edesia Kitchen in Paonia. Other organizations considered for the award were the West Elks Community Fund, Pickin' in the Park, the Creative Coalition, the Paonia Senior Center, The Paradise Theatre, A Little Help Paonia, and The Learning Council. KPP kids gave brief descriptions about all of the nominees and the services they provide.
"The kids, 100 percent, decided on the award," said KPP director Moni Slater.
The Kids' Pasta Project was founded by a group of moms in 2009 as a way for youth to serve their local community by preparing, selling and serving pasta dinners and giving profits to local causes. For more information, or to make reservations for an upcoming dinner, visit kidspastaproject.org.