St. Francis House will host its free Miracle Makers’ breakfast at 7 a.m. Oct. 9 at Bethany Baptist Church, 713 South Hill Park Drive in Puyallup.
With its “Be A Reason for Hope” theme, the annual breakfast will offer an opportunity for people to learn about St. Francis House, its mission and how contributions can make a difference.
Guests will be invited to make a multi-year financial commitment to allow St. Francis House to plan for the future.
Janel Tobar, St. Francis House’s director of development, said the concept began in 2004, when the board realized it needed to find a way to build a stronger foundation.
“This is how the Miracle Makers’ Breakfast was born,” Tobar said. “This event helps support our operating budget year to year.”
Tobar said St. Francis House registered 707 new families last year. It serves about 2,500 families each year.
The keynote speaker for the breakfast will be a client who will provide a testimonial about the experience with St. Francis House.
Breakfast will consist of quiche, mini danish, muffins, a fruit spread, coffee and tea. Tobar said about 250 people are expected to attend.
Volunteer Merry Pantaleo, who has volunteered in the clothing bank every Tuesday for the past five years, serves on the committee planning the event and said the experience is rewarding.
“I love St. Francis House because of the work that they do and the way they include everyone and treat them with respect and dignity,” she said.
Many clients are timid when they first come to St. Francis House, Pantaleo said, but they are greeted warmly.
She said volunteering was a blessing to her, too.
“You go to volunteer thinking you are going to give, and when you walk out, you are lifted up so much more than ever anticipated,” she said.
Pantaleo said she believes it’s important to support the Miracle Makers’ breakfast and St. Francis House.
“The donations allow us to keep the doors open, the lights on and continue to serve the public, which is what St. Francis House is all about,” she said.
Those who wish to attend can call 253-770-6991 or visit www.puyallupfrancishouse.org.Joan Cronk is a freelance reporter for the Herald.