Patrick Kasbee calls Hearts for the Homeless the “best Christmas gift.”
The Hoss’s restaurant on North Atherton Street gave a gift of its own by hosting a Christmas Eve meal for about 30 clients and volunteers at the downtown State College resource center, which assists the homeless and others in need.
“We just want to make their year and do something for them,” Hoss’s Assistant Manager John Price said.
The wheels were put in motion when Linda Scerbo, a volunteer at the center, wanted to buy clients a meal for Christmas. When she approached the restaurant about setting up a room for the dinner, Hoss’s general manager offered free drinks and food at half-price. Staff at the location showed up early to prepare for the number of people, Price said, and some waitstaff volunteered their time to serve. Scerbo and her husband, Barry, will cover the remaining cost of the food, she said.
Originally from Pittsburgh, Kasbee was in rehab in Blair County last month. He returned home but feared relapsing, he said. A pastor advised him to move to Centre County; when he arrived, he hardly knew anyone but soon learned about Hearts for the Homeless and became a client.
Services and the sense of community provided by the center have helped a lot, Kasbee said. He recently got a job and his cousin moved to the area with him. Christmas this year is better than the last, he said.
“I’m surrounded by a bunch of people that care about each other and about me, “ he said. “It’s great.”
Hearts for the Homeless founder and Director Ginny Poorman and Assistant Director Ashton Munoz were present at the dinner. Both said that the meal is a great example of the help the center has received.
“We just want to thank Hoss’s for donating this wonderful lunch and thank everyone in the community for their continued support,” Poorman said.