Who We Are
Pat & Kristin Connaughton
Greetings. My name is Pat Connaughton. I live in Avon Lake, OH. My family and I belong to Saint Joseph Parish (and can be seen at Holy Spirit quite often as well). As I try to live my faith and try to continually grow into the person God wants me to be, I was inspired to begin a quest to feed the hungry in our area and serve people in need as the opportunities arise. Yes, there are organizations that currently provide necessities to the needy. My vision is a little different and there is always a need to do more for the less fortunate. We would like to provide a unique and top shelf BBQ as you would give to your best friends and family.
Rob & Caroline Rotz
What a wonderful way to feed those who are hungry by providing a home cooked BBQ meal. Not only does it nourish the bodies of those hungry and in need, but also their souls by showing they are special and we do care. Small acts of kindness can make the biggest difference to someone. As Christians, we are to feed the poor and help people who are in need. Feeding the hungry is part of serving one another and as we serve others we are serving Christ.
Let me introduce myself and my family. My name is Paul Warns and I'm married to my wife Ellen of 25 years. We live in Avon Lake and are members of Saint Joseph Parish. We have 3 kids, Erin 23, who is in her 2nd year of Graduate School at LSU in Baton Rouge La., Paul Jr. 19, who is a freshman at The Ohio State University, and last, our favorite Connor 15, who is a freshman at Saint Ignatius High School. Our story is simple, we are men and women for others. Ellen and I we're raised to follow Matthew 25:40, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of Mine, you did for Me.'
Our attraction to "When I was Hungry" was fate from the start. Approx 12 years ago I was praying for guidance on what I could do to give back anonymously. I reached out to my brother in law Father Phil Bernier, who at that time was Pastor of Saint Paul's Shrine in downtown Cleveland. I asked him if he knew of any shelters, food pantries, or food kitchens which our family could volunteer? He introduced me to a great man named Brother Walt who was opening up a food panty called Brother Hubbard's Cupboard, which has became one of the largest food pantries in Cuyahoga county located in the Carl B. Stokes Building at 6001 Woodland Avenue in Cleveland - an area which is home to approx 10,717 residents living in poverty - the pantry serves some 1,700 people monthly.
I had invited Pat Connaughton to come volunteer with me, and we each had different duties that day. I remember watching Pat hand out onions, reaching into that box of onions (which many were on their last day) with his bare hands and with that Connaughton smile serve the least of our brothers and sister. Pat was so natural at fitting in, Shirley (the tough love boss) asked Pat to move to the delivery team. This is where at the end of grocery line, there are runners who take the family's food on carts outside. Pat went missing for over 30 minutes, (Shirley made it very clear not to go past the curb and get back for the next family). Well Pat being Pat, he took one lady's food on that cart into the projects behind the Carl Stokes building on E 60th and Woodland. The nice lady begged him to bring the food upstairs to her apartment (not sure how many of us have visited this neighborhood, but Pat is now an expert on where NOT to go). Fast forward, and this I'd probably where Pat and I bonded by Gods desire for us to serve those in need.
So when Pat and Kristin Connaughton asked Ellen and I to team up with Rob and Caroline Rotz, and Tony and Katie Drenik on supporting his vision for "When I Was Hungry" we were all in. Pat's vision to feed those in need in Northeastern Ohio, the same as we feed our best friends and family, was one of the coolest ideas we could only dream to be part of. Both Pat and Rob are "Grill Masters" and their smoked meats are going to put smiles on the faces of those in need. "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink". Let the Giving begin!
Tony & Katie Drenik
We are very excited to help Pat with his vision to help others. He is always helping others and also always feeding people. What better charity than this one he is creating is there? We are Tony and Katie Drenik and live in Avon, OH with 2 children. Between school, work, sporting events, and other activities, we look forward to committing our time to helping out this great cause in When I Was Hungry. We look forward to seeing it grow and watching all the people that it can reach and help.