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John Martens and Scott Conway of M2 Construction help remodel the kitchen Wednesday, May 14, 2014, at The Window in downtown Goshen. (Angelle Barbazon/The Elkhart Truth)
The Window expands kitchen to feed more people in need

Posted on May 16, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

GOSHEN — The Window has big plans for its kitchen in downtown Goshen.

The nonprofit organization, which provides services to low-income individuals and families, closed its kitchen on Main Street in early March for a major renovation project. The Window is remodeling its dining room and doubling the size of its kitchen. This will allow the organization to begin cooking its own food for its Meals on Wheels program, which feeds people who are homebound.

“People will be able to work instead of run over each other, and with that, that’s one of the reasons why we’ll be able to do our own meals as far as Meals on Wheels, and we’ll be doing some meals for the Council on Aging a couple of times a month, so it really has opened up the possibilities of doing more meals and just expanding,” said J. Ed Swartley, executive director of The Window.

The Window typically serves roughly 30 people coffee and doughnuts on weekday mornings, cooks 75 hot meals for lunch and gives out sandwiches in the afternoon. Last year, the organization handed out more than 134,000 sandwiches.

Faith Mission has been very generous in supplying us the meals while we shut down our kitchen, so we’re really excited to get up and running,” Swartley said. “We’ll no longer have to outsource Meals on Wheels. That’s about 125 hot meals a day for people who are homebound and people can walk in here”

In addition to providing meals, The Window has a clothing closet, a food pantry, a washer and dryer and a handicap accessible shower.

The Window is accepting donations to help pay for its kitchen and dining room renovations, which will cost roughly $110,000. The kitchen will reopen with a ribbon cutting at 11 a.m. June 6. The organization is planning an open house event later this year.

“It’s been pretty exciting to watch all of this happen,” Swartley said.

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