The United States Coast Guard is always in action, not just on our local waterways, but in our community. North Coast Chief Petty Officers from the Coast Guard, both active duty and retired, were part of a team who put housewarming care packages together for resident of the Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside who are getting back on their feet.
St. John Lutheran Church in South Euclid got the project rolling and volunteers of all ages started to fall in line. The donations of dishes and other kitchenware are a much-needed necessity for 2100 residents who are moving out of the Shelter and into their own apartments. The Coast Guard volunteers unloaded the truck and assisted high school students as they sorted and boxed the plates into packages the men will be able to take with them as they regain their independence. “We were drawn to LMM because of the holistic approach taken in addressing homelessness and the integration that they have within the community,” said Senior Chief, Jesse Green.
The Coast Guard Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA) has been in existence for 40 years, helping community members in need. The group was so moved by their volunteering experience at the Shelter, they asked for more opportunities to give back through LMM. Within a week, they were at the LMM headquarters planting flower beds, and plan to continue to volunteer their time in various ways in the future. LMM President and CEO, Andrew Genszler, was pleased in his role as Navy Chaplain to make the connection between the CPOA and LMM volunteer opportunities.