Community House Celebrates Three Years of Serving Through Sunday Dinners for Those In Need February Sunday Dinner Hosted by Assistance League of Southeast Michigan

Now in its third year, the Rochester Community House is continuing to support those in need with its Community Kitchen Dinners and is planning to make them better than ever, with the help of entertainment. The Community House is seeking live entertainment to perform at the events, which are on the third Sunday of each month.

The dinners are made possible with the help of local churches, nonprofits and other organizations. On January 15, dinner was hosted by the employees of the city of Rochester. Fire Chief John Cieslek and his family cooked a chicken dinner. Police Chief Steve Schettenhelm and his wife worked the serving line, and Lee Ann O’Connor and her daughter served and set all of the tables. DPW Director Bill Bohlen and his family assisted in the food distribution.

On February 19, the dinner will be served by The Assistance League of Southeastern Michigan, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the less fortunate.

With the help of the local organizations, Sunday dinner is provided to many low-income families and seniors each month. To date, the Community Kitchen has served more than 2,000 diners. The kitchen also distributes bags of groceries each week to those in need through its kitchen pantry. In 2011, more than 500 bags of emergency food were distributed.

At the Community Kitchen, home cooked meals are served to diners with linen tablecloths and floral centerpieces in a banquet room at Rochester Community House. It is an enjoyable community gathering for both diners and volunteers.

To assist with the Community House efforts to support the community, the Community Kitchen is in need of nonperishable canned food items including canned meats, pastas, peanut butter, canned fruits and vegetables, and pancake mixes. It also accepts personal hygiene items and paper products such as soaps, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and toilet tissue.

For more information about providing entertainment at the dinners, making a reservation or having food delivered, call Rochester Community House at 248-651-0622. Visit or become a fan on Facebook. <>

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