12-Year-Old Boy Plans Dinner for UMOM Families
One 12-year-old boy, from Scottsdale, has decided to organize a three-course meal for about 200 homeless people at UMOM New Day Centers. Ben Gavartin attends Temple Solel in Paradise Valley, where he grew up with Jewish traditions and chose to do this selfless act for his Mitzvah project.
The shelter will be transformed from a simple cafeteria into an upscale restaurant on Sept. 30 to better present this gourmet dinner. Plans for table linens, flowers, live music and table service are just some of the wonderful surprises these “customers” get to enjoy.
“I love food and I love helping people,” Ben said in the Arizona Republic article.
Several local companies decided to help out including: Local One, Tempe-based Creative Occasions, McClendon’s Select, Rocking R Farms and Circle Key Farms. Popular local Chef Eddie Matney, of Eddie’s House, will help run the kitchen and is bringing his staff to assist with serving.
According to the article, UMOM is a homeless shelter in a former Days Inn motel near Van Buren and 32nd Streets. It’s the state’s largest homeless shelter and primarily serves families. This year, UMOM is celebrating its 50th anniversary.