Public and Artists’ Reception: Friday, November 3, 2017 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
November 1st to November 25th, 2017
In 2009 a group of spiritually motivated layman and clergy from seven congregations started planning a way to feed the hungry in St. Lucie County, Florida. The unemployment rate was over 15%. At that time there were no fully functioning soup kitchens in St Lucie County, Florida. Sarah's Kitchen served 36 people a hot, nutritious dinner on June 1, 2009. We now serve over 200 nutritious hot meals daily, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at five different locations. Presently over thirty congregations and organizations sponsor Sarah's Kitchen and provide the majority of Sarah's Kitchen 500 volunteers who are office workers, drivers, team leaders, cooks, set-up crews, servers, greeters, and clean-up crews. Those volunteers served about 69,979 meals in 2016. Our volunteer force has given their time and skills to make Sarah's Kitchen a key organization in hunger relief during the past 8 years within Saint Lucie County, Martin County, and the Treasure Coast. We have an ongoing Nutrition Education Program at each of our sites.
In 2014, we started our mobile feeding program. Sarah’s Kitchen, The American Legion, and the Salvation Army joined together to provide hot meals, clothing, blankets, supplies and hygiene kits to the homeless of St Lucie County and Martin County. The mobile feeding units travel each week to parks and homeless camps. Our volunteers provide access to medical care and rehabilitation programs especially to veterans.
In March of 2013 we incorporated and filed for our 501c3, which was verified in October 2013. We are an interfaith organization that has its foundation in the spiritual understanding that our faith calls us to serve others, especially those in need. We believe that everyone can make a difference in the lives of others because everyone can serve. Christians from many denominations, Jews, Buddhist, and Muslims serve and volunteer together at Sarah’s Kitchen.
The Gallery of Hope.org in the Historic Arts District of Downtown Vero Beach is honored to present a social awareness exhibit entitled “Homeless and Hungry” ~By Bob Carey
Bob has created images to provoke thought
and to engage the viewer.
Bob Carey is founder and recently a six year volunteer Executive Director of Sarah’ Kitchen: “Soup Kitchens” with five feeding sites. Sarah’s Kitchen began serving hot meals in 2009 when the recession began. Sarah’s Kitchen served over 67,000 meals last year and probably will serve 70,000 this year to the hungry in St Lucie County, Florida and The Treasure Coast. Sarah’s Kitchen also has a Nutrition Education program and a Mobile Feeding program with the purpose of feeding, providing clothing, and access to medical care to the homeless especially veterans in camps and parks on the Treasure Coast. In 2012 Bob received the National Jefferson Award for Public Service. He also received the Church Woman United and UNESCO Human Rights Award
Bob has an undergraduate degree from The University of California Santa Cruz in Psychology and Community Studies, and a master’s degree from the Graduate Theological Union at Berkeley, California. He has also done Graduate work at San Jose State University and California State University Hayward in Education and Counseling.
Bob was ordained an Episcopal Priest in 1976. He has worked as a Prison Chaplain, a Church Pastor, a Social Worker, A community organizer, has taught extension classes in counseling for the University of California, and for seven years taught Graphic Design Technology at Indian River State College.
Bob has been a sculptor, a painter and now is a photographer. He has won many awards for his photography and has had one man shows for his sculpture and paintings at Stanford University, The Triton Gallery in San Jose, California, and the Vorpal Gallery in San Francisco.
Bob is married to Gwen and they have five children from previous marriages and five grandchildren that they enjoy together. Bob is Seventy Eight years old and still learning.
We are asking you to bring to the gallery some necessary food items to be donated to
Instant Mashed Potatoes: 26 oz box,
10 boxes will feed 200 people.
Canned Green Beans: Takes 80 8oz cans
to feed 200 people.
Canned Corn: Takes 80 8oz cans
to feed 200 people.
© Bob Carey
All are invited to come and meet the artists at the Gallery of Hope.org on Friday, November 3, from 5 pm to 8 pm at the artist/public reception. The Gallery of Hope.org is located in the Historic Theatre Plaza building at
2036 14th Avenue, Suite 101, in Downtown Vero Beach.
Guests will enjoy dessert hors d'oeuvres, and punch.
For further information regarding the gallery or this exhibit, please visit www.galleryofhope.org or call (772) 643-6994.
The Gallery of Hope.org is not a charity and is not currently seeking 501(c)(3) status. The Gallery of Hope.org is a web site and gallery location of a private business Island Images Professional Photography Studio, Inc., who provides photographic education, programs and opportunities to the underprivileged, students and seniors interested in the photographic arts. We also encourage others to support local and global environmental and humanitarian charities. The Gallery of Hope.org also allows its location to be used for multiple exhibitions each year specifically designed to raise additional awareness and funding for these charities.