The Stewpot’s motto, “We serve second chances,” recognizes The Stewpot’s commitment to providing basic services while also enhancing each individual’s ability to take their next step.
Through programs such as the Second Chance Café at The Bridge, it works to alleviate hunger and suffering. It also offers an Identification Program, provides mail services for more than 600 individuals, and casework services. Through programs such as the Open Art Studio it provides opportunities for homeless and at-risk individuals to improve the quality and enjoyment of their lives by developing and expanding their creativity, and benefiting from sales of their art work. Other entrepreneurial programs run by The Stewpot are the Streetzine Homeless newspaper, and a Job Readiness Program through its Casework services. In addition, The Stewpot runs a robust educational program for inner city children from kindergarten to post-high school.
5,000 volunteers participate in helping to provide Stewpot core services a year.
But The Stewpot’s program needs have outstripped available spaces; its successful Open Art Studio needs expanded space and a permanent location for selling the art work of its participants. In addition, a multi-medium sculpture program will be created. Streetzine, the homeless newspaper it publishes, requires more space so that vendors can participate more fully in the publication of their newspaper. A white metal casting workshop led by Brad Oldham and Christy Coltrin will be created. And computer training opportunities will be expanded.