Friends in the Desert
The Friends in the Desert Foundation is a charitable organization which serves hot meals to homeless or otherwise needy individuals six days a week in the kitchen and parish hall of St. Timothy’s. Sack lunches are prepared and offered on days that hot meals are not served.
In addition to a growing number of meaningful programs, when supplies are available, Friends in the Desert also provides basic toiletry items, socks, access to a visiting nurse, referrals, bus transportation, plus other needed resources such as safe dwelling options, health care, dental and other services. Unlike many other meal programs, they do not require an ID for participation in our programs. All in need are welcome.
Las Vegas, whose homeless population has doubled in the past decade to about 12,000 people in and around the city, joined several other cities across the country that have adopted or considered ordinances limiting the distribution of charitable meals in parks. Most have restricted the time and place of such handouts, hoping to discourage homeless people from congregating and, in the view of officials, ruining efforts to beautify downtowns and neighborhoods.
Friends in the Desert offers hot meals prepared by volunteers or donor organizations and served to our guests by the volunteers. This is a table service where the guests are seated around tables bringing together as many as 8 visiting friends per table in a family style atmosphere.We feed over 80 guests at each meal service.
At all our hot meal services we have a variety of donated food, snacks, fresh fruit and vegetables, plus all types bread and rolls for “take-out” that allow our Friends to bring food “home” and share with their family. Most often this also serves as a morning or afternoon meal the following day.