Serving a Meal at the Daystation FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

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What is the Daystation?

  • The Daystation is a drop-in shelter, and is open 365 days a year seven days a week, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • It offers a refuge from the streets and access to an array of services. This is where individuals can meet with COTS staff and connect with local resources, receive mail and telephone calls, and find support toward their goal of self-sufficiency. Daystation staff provide support, assistance and referrals, as well as educational and recreational opportunities whenever possible.

How do I sign up to serve a meal at the Daystation?

How many people should I expect to serve food to at the Daystation?

  • Approximately 50 people eat at the Daystation every day. Don’t be worried about preparing too much food, as the Daystation will always happily accept leftovers for future meals.

Can I serve alone or with a group?

  • Three to six people is the ideal number of volunteers, but we’ll accept groups of any size. If you are interested in serving alone, please contact our Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach at sianl@cotsonline.org (802) 864-7402 x 207.

Will I cook the meal at the Daystation?

  • If you would like to! Our Daystation has a full kitchen, and we invite you to prepare your meal at our 95 North Avenue location.

Should I be aware of any allergies or dietary restrictions.

  • We only ask that the meal be well balanced and healthy. This includes a main meal (casserole, chili, stew, sandwiches, pasta, a roast, turkey, etc.) and a fresh veggie side (salad, broccoli, green beans, etc.).  Volunteers also sometimes bring juice/lemonade and dessert.
  • We always appreciate if you’re able to provide fruit and vegetables!
  • Want to see pictures of prior meals?
  • If you have further questions or concerns about possible dishes, please contact our Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach at sianl@cotsonline.org (802) 864-7402 x 207.

What time should I arrive?

  • The Daystation serves lunch at 12:30 pm. Volunteers usually arrive around 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm.

Does the Daystation have utensils or items to serve with?

  • Yes

If you have any other questions or concerns, please contact our Community Outreach and Volunteer Specialist Sian Leach at sianl@cotsonline.org (802) 864-7402 x 207.

Categories: COTS Shelters, Donations, Homeless Prevention, Homelessness

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