Two Fish provides more than food

May 1, 2011 by Gretchen Ellinger

You have probably heard that 2 Fish Ministries, an ecumenical Christian-inspired program, provides over 12,500 meals monthly to people in several parts of Puerto Peñasco who are in need of food and other assistance.  Did you know they also take meals to 4 schools in poorer neighborhoods, and invite families to share in the meal that is being provided to the school’s students?  As well, meals are served at the jail, the rehab center, and a site east of town that feeds about 200 women and children daily. The newest meal site, located along the railroad tracks north of town, opened in mid-March, and is already providing daily meals for another 200 women and children. You might be surprised to learn that, for some of these people, the meals provided by 2 Fish are the only food they receive!

Far more than filling stomachs, 2 Fish also helps to provide clothing, household items, even blankets and beds to families in need, through the meal sites.  The 2 Fish volunteers say that they are the true beneficiaries of the meal program, citing the friends they have made and the personal satisfaction they have gained while working with the program.

If you’d like to help, just show up any weekday at the main meal site on Boulevard Kino, just a block or two southwest of Numeros, starting at 11AM.  If you are unable to help in person, perhaps you’d like to make a donation…all that food costs money!  Your check can be written to Mission Heartbeat, and mailed to Mission Heartbeat, c/o Monroe Riddle, P.O. Box 1622 , Lukeville , AZ 85341 .  Your donation is fully tax deductible, and 100% of it goes to buy food and supplies for the meal program.  Cash, clothing, household items, paper supplies, cleaning products, or anything else you may wish to donate, may be dropped off to Monroe Riddle at the Coldwell Banker office, or to Maria at the Black Dog Restaurant.  Thank you for helping!

 

Gretchen Ellinger – Considers herself blessed with the privilege of living and working Cholla Bay, which she thinks is one of the most inviting areas of Puerto Peñasco. After years of visiting Puerto Peñasco, Gretchen purchased a fishing shack by the water in Cholla Bay. The idea was to fix it up for weekends and vacations, and perhaps operate a bed and breakfast after retirement. After rebuilding, and a big curve in life’s road, Gretchen retired and started a new life in Cholla Bay. Over 7 years’ experience in real estate in Puerto Peñasco has earned Gretchen the respect of the real estate community, where it is known that she can be depended upon and trusted. Her numerous clients have come to depend on her for exemplary customer service, and expert advice in the fields of Cholla Bay real estate and retirement south of the border. Gretchen is Vice President of Education for AMPI (the Mexican association of real estate agents), and coordinates the annual clean-up of Cholla’s estuary by U of A students. That bed and breakfast dream? After over 7 years in operation, Casa Monica Cholla Bay B&B has many devoted visitors who would not stay anywhere else!

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