Grebel is planning to expand and enhance our kitchen and dining room! I enjoyed the opportunity to share the plans for this project with families at Taste of Grebel.
This project will significantly benefit the student experience here at Grebel by eliminating our community supper waitlist for off-campus associates and allowing our kitchen to accommodate a variety of dietary needs and restrictions. It will also include a “Pantry” for students to access for late night snack prep and will be a place for off-campus associates to store and make their lunches.
An element of the project that particularly excites me is the addition of an elevator to improve accessibility to the chapel.
One of many reasons our son Jon chose to live at Grebel was for its home cooked, all-you-can-eat meal plan and its profound culture around communal dining. To “fill the table” at Grebel is to welcome anyone at your table until it is full – meaning students of all faculties and backgrounds share three meals together daily. It only seems fitting that our fundraising campaign for this project is named after this unique Grebel tradition.
Making room at the table is key for building community and creating hospitality. Apart from a smaller renovation in 1991, the kitchen and dining room has not been updated since the College was first built in 1964. As Grebel’s academic and residence programs continue to grow, it’s crucial that we expand and enhance our kitchen and dining room facilities. Plans for the project are well underway and we need your help in order to break ground in 2019.
I invite you to join me and my husband Rick, and make a gift to this important community-building project.
Ruth-Ann Shantz, Fundraising Advisory Chair and Grebel Parent