Pass the Plate

Family is the focus of YouthBuild. We believe that in order to make significant changes in lives, you must earn trust and create a safe, authentic environment. One way we accomplish this is by hosting a weekly family-style meal around our large farmhouse table.

We are inviting members of the community to participate in our weekly lunch, to get to know our students and to help build a stronger community.

How Can You Help?

Each week, we feed 20-25 students. If you are interested in passing the plate, we ask for a main dish and side (if applicable). Dessert is optional.

We supply beverages, along with serving utensils, plates, napkins, cups and cutlery.

Our program facility, the Next Level Tech Center, has a refrigerator, microwave, and sink.

Some meal ideas include: tacos, spaghetti, lasagna, pulled pork, sloppy joes, sub sandwiches, soup, and fried chicken. Do not let these suggests limit your ideas, but please remember that we are feeding 16-24 year olds!

When Can You Help?

We have our Family Friday lunch every Friday at 11:30AM.

Food can be dropped off as early as 8:00AM on Fridays. We do ask that if the meal need to stay warm, to please supply a Crockpot or Warmer.

If you would like to eat with our students, please do! We understand if your schedule does not allow it. If you do supply us with warming devices and cannot eat with us, we will clean and return your equipment.

Ingredient costs may be eligible for reimbursement. Please supply receipts for purchased food.

If you're interested:

If you are interested, or have more questions, please contact Caleb Weeks at (360) 609-9788 or weeksc@miworks.org. YouthBuild will confirm lunch dates with you.

Michigan Works! is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request for individuals with disabilities. Michigan Relay Center: 711 Voice and TDD. Michigan Works! is a proud partner of American Job Centers. Supported by the State of Michigan and federal funds.

YouthBuild is a program supported by the Department of Labor.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from the Berrien Community Foundation.