Open Door Soup Kitchen in Winsted. From left: Donna Ensminger Vice President, Manager George Madore, President Carrie Delaney. Photo submitted.
Open Door Soup Kitchen in Winsted. From left: Donna Ensminger Vice President, Manager George Madore, President Carrie Delaney. Photo submitted.
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By Donna Ensminger Vice President, The Open Door 

WINSTED — On October 1, 1991, the Open Door opened its’ doors for the first time to serve the needy in our community. The board of directors, all volunteers from within the community, thought that the soup kitchen may be relatively short-lived, but here we are 30 years later still serving. The need is greater than ever!

When we first opened, we were serving small box lunches with sandwiches. Within a few weeks, our volunteer staff wanted to do more and serve cooked meals. The dining room was opened to allow people to come in, sit down, warm up on a cold day, have a cup of coffee, visit with others, and enjoy a hot meal. We operated this way for 29 years.

Covid-19 has affected The Open Door as it has all aspects of our lives. Over the last year and a half, the dining room has been closed and we have been providing take-out only. We are serving lunch Monday through Friday, 11:30 – 12:30, providing 90 to 100 hot meals each day.

We are still staffed solely by volunteers; without whose help we simply could not exist. The monetary and food donations from the community make it possible to provide meals to those in need. The Open Door is strictly funded from private donations.

The directors of The Open Door would like to give a huge thank you to all the volunteers, past and present, and donors from the communities that support our mission. As long as the need exists, The Open Door will be here.

Photos submitted by Donna Ensminger

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