Jefferson’s Ferry Reaches Out by Preparing Food and Serving Guests at Welcome INN

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SETAUKET, N.Y. - Aug. 19, 2014 - PRLog -- In a spirit of gratitude and giving back to the local community, staff volunteers from Jefferson’s Ferry Lifecare Retirement Community (Setauket, NY) recently prepared and served dinner to the guests of Welcome INN, a Port Jefferson mainstay that serves five meals weekly to hungry people in the community at Christ Episcopal Church.  Jefferson’s Ferry initiated the program in July, and will continue to serve a monthly meal to the guests of Welcome INN.

“Jefferson’s Ferry takes its role as a member of the Three Village community to heart and helping to feed our hungry neighbors is one of the many ways we can contribute,” said Karen Brannen, President and CEO of Jefferson’s Ferry.  “Our kitchen is well equipped with both the expertise and wherewithal to provide nutritious, delicious meals. It’s a terrific way for the Jefferson’s Ferry community of residents and staff to give back to the larger community.”

The Jefferson’s Ferry team delivers a full meal and beverages, from appetizer to dessert, to Welcome INN’s Monday night program and stays to serve, visit, and clean up.  On average, 70 meals per night are served.

Jefferson’s Ferry contributes to the larger community in many ways through partnerships with the local schools, social service programs and through its advocacy for senior services policy on local, state, and federal levels.  Jefferson’s Ferry also has a history of contributing funds to help victims of natural disasters.  Last year, the staff contributed money from their holiday bonuses to assist those devastated by the typhoon in the Philippines and in 2012, Jefferson’s Ferry was able to present the Red Cross with nearly $10,000 to aid in Sandy recovery.

About Welcome INN (
A 100% volunteer operation, Welcome INN has offered nutritious, hot meals and words of encouragement to hungry folks in the Greater Port Jefferson area 5 nights every week for 25 years.  Since 1989, Welcome INN has operated under the auspices of the Interfaith Nutrition Network.  Today, there are a total of 14 soup kitchens operating as part of The INN’s network across Long Island.  More than 5,000 people are fed each week.  The organization welcomes volunteers and guests of all faiths, as well as those who follow no religion.

About Jefferson’s Ferry (
Jefferson’s Ferry is a not-for-profit lifecare retirement community for active adults aged 62 and above, with cottages, apartments, assisted living, and a quality health care center all on one site.  Located in South Setauket, a vibrant community along Long Island’s north shore, Jefferson’s Ferry is surrounded by various attractions, shopping, beaches, theaters, and a world-renowned university.  Jefferson’s Ferry offers exceptional living and amenities, including restaurants, fitness center, indoor pool, computer center, library, recreational areas, gardens and gazebos.  A mix of cultural excursions, civic activities, and a community of residents who participate in shaping Jefferson’s Ferry’s future, ensures a spirited and engaged lifestyle.

Photo Caption:  Jefferson’s Ferry staff volunteers donate food and time to Port Jefferson’s Welcome INN
Staff volunteers from Jefferson’s Ferry Lifecare Retirement Community recently donated a three course hot meal to Port Jefferson’s Welcome INN soup kitchen.  Jefferson’s Ferry volunteers provided, cooked, served and cleaned up after the meal, which included appetizer, main course and dessert.  Pictured here, (l-r):  Jefferson’s Ferry’s Annette Guidice, Matt Caro, Jane Willsey, Patti Gallagher, Bob Caulfield and Jennifer Barrett.

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