Community House Holiday Giving and Ways to Give Back

Community Kitchen has been hard at work giving to those in need during the holiday season. During the month of November, Lynn Orfgen, CEO of Crittenton’s Medical Center provided 42 turkeys donated by his employees, which were then distributed to Community Kitchen Dinner attendees in need on Nov. 21. . “Guests were very happy with the 10 lb turkeys,” said Mary Lee Kowalczyk, Community House Director.

Rochester Dept. of Public Works workers provided also 10 turkeys to Community Kitchen clients. This is the second year that this group has donated to those in need in the Rochester area. Thank you to the residents of The Great Oaks Apartments, Essex in Hampton and Timberlea Apartments  who sponsored a food drive and dropped of hundreds of non-perishable food and paper good items to stock Community Kitchen’s shelves. This drive was coordinated by Scott Wright, Cory Trimble and Lois Hecht. Community Kitchen clients will receive all of the donated items during the winter months.

During the month of December, Corrin Barnett, wife of Rochester Hills Mayor Bryan Barnett will be donating all proceeds from her holiday album to support the Community Kitchen. The CD can be purchased at the Community House as well as at

“The Community Kitchen at the Rochester Community House provides a critical service to those who need it most,” said Corrin Barnett. “With an increasing need for food anddonations, the proceeds from the sale of all CDs will help support the Community House in their efforts.”

The next Community Kitchen dinner will be held on Sunday, Dec. 19 and is for those in need. The First Baptist Church of Rochester Hills will sponsor the dinner and the City of Rochester employees will provide gifts for children in attendance.

The Rochester Community House is a non-profit organization that seeks to enrich the community through events, fundraisers and general support for those in need.  

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