LINCOLN (SNR/MTKO) – Matt Talbot Kitchen & Outreach (MTKO) hosted the 14th annual “Feeding the Soul of the City” dinner and fundraising event March 28 at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in Lincoln.
MTKO raised a gross total amount of more than $185,000 through the generosity of 48 corporate and individual sponsors, 400 guests who attended, and many donations prior to the event. Money raised will support the day-to-day hunger relief and homeless prevention services of the community kitchen and outreach center.
Jon and Taryn Vanderford from Channel 10/11 KOLN-TV served as masters of ceremonies and Lincoln City Councilman Carl Eskridge provided a brief advocacy message as well as the invocation. Guests also watched a video featuring a former MTKO client who was homeless, addicted to methamphetamine and sleeping in a parking garage before entering Matt Talbot’s transitional housing program. The video can be seen on Matt Talbot’s website at www.mtko.org or Facebook page.
“It takes a lot of courage to tell your story, and we are grateful that Brian chose to share his so openly,” said Susanne Blue, executive director of MTKO. “His story is one of transformation and hard work, and is a great illustration of the power of bold hope.”
“Compassion in Action” awards were presented to Paul Mitchell – The School and CEDARS Youth Services. Students from Paul Mitchell have provided monthly haircuts to the guests at Matt Talbot since 2013 to restore dignity, confidence and hope to the homeless and near homeless. CEDARS partners with Matt Talbot in many ways to help families and at-risk children and youth including teaching a parenting class in the life skills course and operating an extensive street outreach program.
“Honoring our partners with Compassion in Action Awards is one of my favorite things to do,” Blue said. “The only way to truly meet the needs of the homeless is to work together to find solutions.”