PITTSBURG — To help Wesley House’s day shelter make summer care packages for the homeless Pittsburg State University student hosted a pancake feed at Applebee’s on Saturday.

PSU student Sarah Rhodes — as part of her senior project in social work — said when preparing for her project she knew she wanted to help the homeless.
“I wanted to help the homeless but I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “Since I worked at Applebee’s a while back, I decided a pancake feed would work.”

Budget cuts shutdown Pittsburg’s homeless shelter, CHOICES, in 2014. A day shelter at Wesley House was a way to help the homeless after the cut.

“We do not have a homeless shelter anymore, so the Wesley House compensates with a day shelter where they can clean up and eat,” Rhodes said.

According to Rhodes, the Wesley House will be providing care packages to help the homeless cope with summer weather.

Rhodes said the Wesley House day shelter is in need of funds for summer care packages for the homeless. These items would include deodorant, chapstick, sunscreen and other summer necessities.

“The money we make from the feed will go to the Wesley House where they will create care packages,” she said.  

Pancake feed volunteer waitress Reagan Dowd said she was glad to help with the event and has also donated time and products to other organizations helping the homeless.

“I chose to help today because they are in need of products to help the homeless,” Dowd said. “I try to help out as much as I can.”

Pittsburg resident Vickie Manes, came to the feed with her grandson Tristan Tash and friend Peggy Chapman.

“We like to support organizations and those who are in need of expenses paid,” Manes said.

The pancake feed raised almost $400.

“It went great,” Rhodes said. “A lot of my tickets were donations but I still had 50 people come in to eat.”

 — Stephanie Potter is a staff writer at the Morning Sun. She can be emailed at spotter@morningsun.net or follow her on Twitter @PittStephP.