New director for Saginaw's East Side Soup Kitchen - WNEM TV 5

New director for Saginaw's East Side Soup Kitchen

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The East Side Soup Kitchen in Saginaw has named Dawn Goodrow as its new director, following Pam Cole’s retirement on May 31 after 22 years of
service.

Goodrow, who owns and had operated Dawn of a New Day coffee house and café for 11 years in downtown Saginaw, brings more than two decades of non-profit,  food service, and community experience to her new role, overseeing an organization  that feeds nearly 300 low- and no-income people a day in the city of Saginaw.

Located in the Hunger Solution Center, 940 E. Genesee, the East Side Soup Kitchen also provides after-school meals to 250 children at seven different sites each day.
“It’s an honor to be chosen to lead and serve this organization and the community,” 
said Goodrow, who lives in downtown Saginaw with her husband Bob Hillier. “Hunger is real in Saginaw.

The soup kitchen not only feeds the hungry but also provides a community home and place of hope for many.” Goodrow also hopes to strengthen food security and to use food as a base for improvements in education and with healthcare concerns.  She is excited about the possibilities ahead for the organization.

Her community involvement includes serving as co-chair of the Downtown Saginaw Association; board member of the Downtown Development Authority,
the Citizen’s Advisory Council to the Saginaw Police Force,  
the Saginaw Arts and Enrichment Commission, and chairperson of the Downtown Neighbors
Group. Her daughter Linsey will continue to run the coffee shop.

Cole has overseen the daily operations and guided the East Side Soup Kitchen from its earliest days in the Sacred Heart Church’s basement and
at Warren Avenue Presbyterian Church. She initiated the After-School Meal Program which before the economic downturn in the past decade served 465
meals at 15 locations. Many of those sites are now closed due to funding issues.  Calling her time at the East Side Soup Kitchen the best job she never knew
she wanted, Cole reflected her love for the people in Saginaw, especially those in need, during her two decades at the helm. In retirement, she
hopes to spend more time with her children and grandchildren and to get in a little travel.

 

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