Inman Center receives donations

The Inman Center in Amsterdam has received a donations check from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Amsterdam for housing the church’s soup kitchen temporarily. From left, are Basilia Mendez, an Inman Cafe coordinator; Carol Slezak of Faith Kitchen; Rob von Hasseln, executive director of Inman Center; Joe Gavel of Faith Kitchen; Liz Tesiero of Faith Kitchen; and Eileen Oakes, an Inman Cafe coordinator. (Photo submitted)

AMSTERDAM — The Horace J. Inman Senior Center recently received donations from St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in recognition of the center hosting the church-sponsored Faith Soup Kitchen for the past 13 months. The amounts were not disclosed at the request of the donors.

After a car lost control on Route 30 and damaged the building the soup kitchen operated in, volunteer staff were unable to find a substitute location. That’s when the Inman Center volunteered its own kitchen and hall – for free and as long as needed.

“It’s been a great working relationship that benefitted all concerned,” said Inman Center executive director Rob von Hasseln.

“They brightened up our Mondays, and we appreciate their donations. We will miss them, but wish them much success as they move back into their rebuilt quarters.

As of Monday, the kitchen will be back operating from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Mondays at its former location at the Masonic Lodge on Division Street.