For the first time, The INN was proud to participate in the national event “Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day” on April 25th. 21 children of INN staff members between the ages of 4 and 16 came to work with their mothers, fathers, aunts, grandparents and family friends for a fun day of work and service. Activities included decorating placemats and bags for lunches for INN soup kitchen guests and completing a team building activity of a wooden puzzle 3-D INN house.
Tours of the main office and the Mary Brennan INN were given to the children, who were curious to see where their parents and family members go each day. In the afternoon, the children baked and decorated cookies to be served to guests at the next day’s meal service. The children wrapped up the day participating in various volunteer activities, including bagging lunches in the bags they lovingly decorated for guests, rolling utensils in napkins for the hot meal and assembling towels and toiletry kits for guests who come into the soup kitchen for a hot shower.
Executive Director Jean Kelly was so grateful to employees for including their children in the special day. “When asked what their parents do here at The INN, many of these wonderful children said they WORK! We remain forever grateful for how hard our employees work and how diligently they manage to juggle their two worlds, which allows us all to see how truly lucky and blessed they are.”
Check out a video of the day!