On Monday, March 2, 2020, a few members of the PIIAC team volunteered with BeyondHome, formerly Colorado Homeless Families, in Arvada, CO. Becky Osteboe, Connor Pierce, Levi Carpenter, Cybil Lovas and Becky’s friend, Mike Langrehr, spent two hours helping Allison Bristow, Finance Director and Food Bank Manager at BeyondHome, sort canned goods and clean and organize the food pantry. The group was able to get all the miscellaneous canned goods sorted into categories – green beans, corn, mixed veggies, tomato, meal in a can, soup, meat, beans and fruit. They also cleaned the shelving in the food pantry and sorted the cans that were already there.
BeyondHome began in 1987 and for over 30 years has helped working families who are either currently with out a home or heading that direction achieve self-sufficiency. BeyondHome provides affordable housing, therapy, courses in parenting, life skills, healthy relationships, financial literacy and more to their families. Many community partners also make it possible for the families to receive career counseling and other services that lead the families to self-sufficiency. BeyondHome has seen over 500 families graduate their program in their 30+ years of operation.
While working with Allison, she gave the PIIAC team some tips when it comes to donating food to a food bank. Allison said the best item to donate is peanut butter – is lasts for a long-time, is versatile and has protein. She suggested staying away from green beans as that is the most donated item.