A Legacy of Love,
our next Open House...
and Volunteers still needed!
Many times, we get asked: âWhy? Why have you opened your home in the past to at-risk young people, when you already had four sons by birth living in your home? And why form a nonprofit now to do this even more in the future and recruit other host parents to do the same?â
Well...pictured here is one very prominent reason:
âOllieâ was A Seat at the Table co-founder Chrissy (Bacott) Stergosâ dad. He passed away recently on Jan. 16, two days shy of his 93rd birthday. Over the course of their 72 years of marriage, Ollie and his wife Harriett raised 8 kids of their own, had 29 grandkids, 44 great grandkids and 2 great great grandkidsâat last count!
But it never mattered that theirs was already a crowded house. Their level of hospitality was unrivaled.
There was an Iranian student from a local university to take in during the midst of the 1980 Iranian hostage crisis. There were friends of their own kidsâ¦and numerous grandkidsâ¦who, for various lengths of time and for a variety of reasons, all needed at least temporary housing at the Bacotts. There were bible studies and church small groups to hostâ¦and very often, a welcoming âCome on over. Weâd love to see you hereâ dinner invitation, even with a small army of their own to feed.
So, itâs not an accident that Chrissy (Bacott) and Bob Stergos founded A Seat at the Table. As they have been blessed with great, welcoming families-of-origin, they seek to carry on their respective parentsâ legacies of love. If youâd like to contribute to A Seat at the Table in memory of Oliver, a WWII Navy veteran, you can earmark a special donation in his honor to help continue this legacy of love and unique level of hospitality. Your donations will help us procure needed paint, supplies, flooring and fixtures for the 1st level of our A Seat at the Table duplex in the Shaw neighborhood, into which we will move our next 4 program participants by mid-March. (When donating, be sure to âwrite a commentâ indicating that your donation is in memory of Ollie.)
Volunteers needed this Saturday, Feb. 15
There are a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available this Saturday, Feb. 15 to complete work on the 1st floor level at our new A Seat at the Table duplex (4176 Flad Ave) in the Shaw neighborhood. Stop by anytime between 8 AM and 5 PM. Work opportunities include:
Removal of baseboards
Preparing floor surfaces for new flooring installation
Cleaning cabinets, shelves and sweeping
Removing light and electrical plug covers for painting prep
Moving donated furniture around (as walls are being painted)
Taking out trash and empty boxes
Contact Executive Director Bob Stergos (M: 636-795-5192 or bstergos@ASeatAtTheTable.org) to schedule your volunteer visit. We SO appreciate your help!!!
Join us for our Sunday, March 1 Open House
If youâve been a volunteer, a financial contributor, a decorating, flooring or construction partnerâ¦or youâre just curious about this ministry, youâre invited to come celebrate the progress at our A Seat at the Table Open House, Sunday, March 1, 2-6 PM. Tour both levels of our new duplex and see how close we are to inviting in our next 4 program participants (hopefully, by mid-March). Our address is 4176 Flad Ave, at the corner of Flad and Klemm, 4 blocks north of Tower Grove Park in the historic Shaw neighborhood.
While things wonât be finished when you stop by (at least on the 1st level), youâll see how God has made a way through all of YOU who have prayed for this ministry, who have spent hours laboring here and/or financially supported the organization to make this all possible.
Weâll have snacks and refreshments available as you tour. Youâll get to meet some of our key decorating, flooring and construction partners who have contributed their materials, installation and overall expertise. Most importantly, youâll get to meet some of our board members as well as past and future program participants! RSVP Here. Below are photos from our 2nd level. Work continues on our 1st level. Hope to see you here!
The mission of A Seat at the Table
The mission of Seat at the Table is to help at-risk 18 to 25-year olds better transition into adulthood by providing parental presence and community support via residential mentoring in a Christian family environment.
We'd love to hear from you!
Do you know of individuals, companies or foundations for whom serving the under-resourced would be a common passion? Or, do you have an email address for someone whom you think would like to hear about A Seat at the Table?If so, please contact us HEREand let us know those names and/or email addresses! We are always looking to talk to those who have a similar heart to reach across racial and economic divides in our city and beyond. Our goal is to have A Seat at the Table chapters in major cities around the country!
Also, if you have questions about A Seat at the Table, contact us HERE as well. We want to hear from you!