Yuba/Sutter’s “Faces of Hunger”

Yuba/Sutter Corps’ annual appreciation dinner honors the homeless.

by Stefanie Vrapi –

Residents of the Depot Family Crisis Center enjoy dinner. [Photo by Stefanie Vrapi]

Anticipation was high at the Yuba/Sutter Corps in Marysville, Calif., as the date approached for the annual fundraiser/donor appreciation dinner. Reflecting a twist to an old theme, this year’s guests of honor were homeless people from the community—a growing population throughout Yuba and Sutter counties.

“We wanted to let the homeless know that we care about them and want to help them in any way we can,” said Captain Thomas Stambaugh, Yuba/Sutter corps officer with his wife, Kimberly.

Those normally honored—top-end donors and key staff—sponsored the event, securing spots for the homeless; additional donations will support the corps’ food pantry.

“I like that the dinner was outreach to the homeless,” said guest Brian Brand. It was especially great for those who hadn’t had a good meal in a long time. The best part about it was the opportunity to talk to local business leaders about jobs.”

Over 60 individuals enjoyed the dinner. Serving them were local high school students, Rotary Club members, Yuba/Sutter’s Advisory Board members and corps members, as well as Congressman Wally Herger, from the U.S. House of Representatives.

“It was a wonderful opportunity to serve those who need it most,” said Barbara Swift, Yuba/Sutter Advisory Board chair. “I thoroughly enjoyed visiting with people and providing them and personally serving them a meal.”

To spread the word about this year’s dinner, Yuba/Sutter Advisory Board members and corps staff pounded the pavement, or in this case, local riverbeds, to inform the homeless of the upcoming event.

The board organized the event, and members worked hard all evening—cooking, serving, signing people in—providing service with a smile.

“I liked the fact that the big people from the community came to help; it showed me that there are people out there who care,” said guest Kerri Hughes. My favorite part was being catered to. I like The Salvation Army because they do what they can to help the community and people all across the world. The Salvation Army is always there.”

The outdoor event featured a tri-tip dinner complete with side dishes and fancy serviceware, live music and testimonials from those whose lives had been touched by the Yuba/Sutter Corps and its programs and services.

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