Don’t Miss Out, the 2nd annual The Durango Voice Event is returning!  First round is February 25th and the Second Round will be on April 1st.  Tickets are available at HenryStarterTheatre.tix.com.  If you would like to try out for the event email your MP3 Audition to durangovoice2@gmail.com



John is our 3rd Transitional Intern here at Manna Soup Kitchen. On April 12th John will be ending his 4 month internship, he is currently trying to find other employment but has some wonderful leads!  John has been a wonderful asset to our team, we are excited to see where he goes next.

The Durango Voice

  For more information contact: 970-385-5095 ext.3 After a month of coaching, contestants will compete on Saturday, April 2 at 7:00 at the Strater. Contestants will win free professional coaching, prizes and singing engagements at establishments in Durango. Tickets are now on sale at: www.henrystratertheatre.tix.com

Durango Voice poster image


Meet Colin

Manna has another intern from Fort Lewis College named Colin Cramer.  Colin comes to us from Wisconsin and is in his last semester at Fort Lewis.  For his semester long college internship he needs to complete 150 hours of work at Manna in order to receive credit.  He has been a big help working with client services and also helping whenever he can in the kitchen.  We are very lucky to have Colin, we think he will learn a lot.  

David- Our New Intern

We are very pleased to announce Manna’s second paid intern David who began late September.  David is from Duluth Minnesota and has been trying to make it in Colorado for a few years, he is excited for this four month opportunity to work at Manna and figure out things in his life and hopefully be able to gain full time employment in Durango after the internship.  Since working with us David has already been able to receive his Colorado drivers permit and soon licence, he also has a stable place to stay at the shelter.  David has a wonderful attitude and takes on any tasks we give him.  We are happy to have him on our team.



Two new chefs to teach culinary

Two new chefs will be teaching the culinary program at Manna Soup Kitchen. Culinary Manager McKenzie Miller graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York, and has been living with her family in Durango for the past 16 years. Miller said she is looking forward to watching her students grow and develop usable life and work skills. Joining Miller in teaching culinary classes for Manna’s instructional program with Southwest Colorado Community College is chef Arnold “Safari” Ngumbao. Safari was born, raised and educated in Kenya, where he earned a degree in food production. A world-traveler, Safari worked as a chef for Royal Caribbean cruise lines before moving with his family to Durango, where he also works full-time as a chef at the Strater Hotel  

Meet Philippe

Philippe LeFevre is our first Facility Assistant Intern. He has been around Manna for about three years and has recently been hired in a training/intern capacity, a position that will last four months. This is a new position created by Manna to help our clients obtain job skills, life skills, and references to get back into the work force. Philippe will be helping Jason on weekends while trying to hone in on his skills to attain permanent employment in Durango.



Say hello and Goodbye

  We are sad to say goodbye to Shanna Roloff administrative assistant and Client Service Coordinator (she is moving back to Phoenix).  Shanna has been an awesome Administrative person here for nine months. She has helped transform Manna into a healthy place for both clients and staff. We have been blessed to have had her as part of our team.   Shanna’s role is now being passed down to Liz Stellrecht.  Liz comes to us full of enthusiasm and experience. She is a grad of Fort Lewis and most recently worked at Community Connections as a Direct Support Professional. Please welcome Liz with open arms!

Let Manna Cater Your Next Event!

Employ Manna Soup Kitchen Culinary Arts Program students to cater your next event. We are ready to cater your next Corporate Luncheon, Business meeting, Church Function or Private Party.Dining and Conference Space Available. Contact us to discuss a menu and schedule a date. (970)385-5095 ext. 4



Spring 2015 Newsletter

Spring 2015 newsletter   2015 Spring Newsletter Manna is excited to unveil a new look to our newsletter. We have been blessed to have a lot of support over the last year and many exciting things going on. Take a look at what has been going on at Manna since October 2014!

2014 Manna No Go Gala

2014 Manna No Go Gala By replying to Manna’s invitation NOT to attend, 100% of our contribution supports the  Manna Soup Kitchen in providing food for the hungry people in our community. Explore all the ways to contribute to Manna Soup Kitchen.

No Go Gala

Dave Theirback

Culinary 101: Lesson 2: Math

Okay class, last time we discussed history, today we will be covering math. Write this number down: 328224. This is the magic number of conversions while working in the kitchen. There are 3 teaspoons in a tablespoon, 2 tablespoons in an ounce, 8 ounces in a cup, 2 cups in a pint, 2 pints in a quart, and 4 quarts in a gallon…..328224. So if you wanted to know how many ounces are in a quart, 8 oz X 2 X 2 = 32 oz or 1 quart. So to reverse that, if a recipe is calling for 4 ounces of heavy cream, and you have a quart, 32 oz/8 oz (which we know to equal a cup) = 4 oz or a half cup. This is all of course by volume, when we consider weight it gets a little more complicated. This kitchen math is one of many skills our students are learning. I would invite anyone interested in the program or our facility to come […]

MSK President’s Corner

It’s both with pride and sadness that I pen my last article. I have worked with Manna for seven years, first as their attorney, and the past four years as a Board member. I have seen huge growth and vision with Manna over these years. When I first started, there were only three employees, and no job descriptions, policy manuals, or strategic plans. Now we have six quality staff members and we’ve instituted and updated all the proper organizational documents and processes. Over the years we’ve also added the following services and programs: Wednesday night dinners Showers and laundry for our clients. Supportive client services and emergency assistance. Managing a garden and orchard (complete with bees!) to provide produce for the meals we cook and fresh produce for our clients. A back-pack program in Durango area schools for children to bring food home on the weekends and during the summer. A culinary training kitchen to teach our clients and other community members basic cooking skills in order to secure employment and reduce the need […]

Manna Soup Kitchen Staff

Audrey Warner

Farewell to Audrey Werner

It is with combined excitement (for her) and sadness that Manna has said goodbye to Audrey Werner, Administrative Manager. Audrey has done all the administrative functions it takes to run Manna, handling the logistics of all of our special events – including Christmas dinner, Taste of Durango, Fall Fundraiser, and the No Go Gala. She also orchestrated the newsletter, filled in when Manna was without a director, managed our website, took pictures, performed bookkeeping functions, did our marketing, was our IT support person, and championed Manna in any way she could. Most importantly, Audrey oversaw and took care of client services for all three years she was here. She did it with dignity, compassion, kindness, and thoughtfulness. If you see her please thank her for all she has done for Manna Soup Kitchen. She will be sorely missed. We all wish her happiness and joy in her life journey!!

Culinary Art Classes at Manna Soup Kitchen

Culinary Art Classes Begin at Manna Soup Kitchen The culinary arts program has started it’s first class! This program is the result of an innovative collaboration between Manna Soup Kitchen and Southwest Colorado Community College. The program will be a 16-credit certificate which will cover beginning production and baking at the new Manna Training and Resource Center, which has classrooms and a fully equipped commercial kitchen. Those completing all the classes will earn a college certificate in Beginning Production and Baking from SCCC. Students are eligible for financial aid, and will gain workplace skills to work in cooking, baking, dining room management, bar and lounge management, and institutional food service supervision. Course Features and Highlights: The instructor for the class is Chef David Thierbach who hails from The Carolinas and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience on board. We are excited to have him as a part of our team. There are 2 women […]

Culinary Arts Program

Style 'n' Stones

Style ‘n’ Stones Jewelry Show – Sept 12, 2014

Style ‘n’ Stones invites you to our 10th Annual Jewelry Show benefiting Friday, September 12, 2014 Noon to 6:00 PM The Rochester Hotel Garden 726 E 2nd Avenue, Durango, CO In honor of our 10th anniversary we will have 10 designers “10 of 10” Each designer will donate at least 30% off all jewelry sales to Manna Admission is free, all donations go directly to Manna Soup Kitchen. Come enjoy light refreshments, purchase unique, handcrafted jewelry and support our Durango Community The Style ‘n’ Stones: Nancy Conrad • Basia Daney • Susie Fisher • Holly Laird • Pat Lorenzen • Nancy Macho Mary Oraini • Marian Pierce • Carolyn Plested • Cindy Scholfield

Bread For Manna – October 11, 2014

Bread For Manna 2014 Thank you to everyone who joined us for Bread for Manna, which was hosted at the Powerhouse Science Center. More than 200 guests showed up, raising more than $30,000. The event featured a silent and live auction.

Bread for Manna Flyer

New Manna Soup Kitchen Building

New Building Ribbon Cutting

Manna Soup Kitchen Ribbon Cutting I share with great joy that Manna has succeeded in completing the new building and a successful dedication was held on June 19th. The Manna Training and Resource Center is in full operation. Culinary arts classes will begin this fall as the result of an innovative collaboration between Manna Soup Kitchen and Southwest Colorado Community College (SCCC). The training will benefit area residents and the local food service industry. The community has been incredibly supportive of this project. After the initial donation of $500,000 from the Karakin Foundation, we had the balance of $450,000 to raise. 68% of the remaining balance was raised locally. (22% from local churches and businesses, 43% from local individuals, and 3% from our brick sales) the remaining 32% was raised from foundations. These figures show the dedication and tremendous support of the local community. We live in an amazing place! The program will be a […]

Construction Near Completion On New Building

The new building is progressing nicely. We anticipate completion of the building to take place by the end of this month. We are still seeking local and foundation support to wrap up the project. We have approximately $150,000 to raise, but have received nearly $875,000 in generous support from private foundations, businesses, and individuals. The support has been awe-inspiring. We will dedicate our building in June, so look on our web site for the upcoming date and time. Solving the immediate problem of hunger is only half of the battle, so in addition to serving wonderful meals seven days a week, Manna is getting to the root cause of hunger by providing a Culinary Job Training program. We are collaborating with SCCC to prepare unemployed, underemployed, and homeless adults for careers in the foodservice industry. Our first classes will be offered in the fall of 2014 (watch for the Southwest Colorado Community College class schedule). The curriculum will cover all facets of work in a professional […]