NAVFAC employees volunteer at Kusinan Kamalen Karidat
As the holidays are the time for giving, a group of employees from Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas devote time to giving back every month.
Self-proclaimed “Sisters in Christ,” are NAVFAC employees who volunteer at Kusinan Kamalen Karidat, a soup kitchen in the heart of Hagatna, every first Tuesday of the month, preparing and serving hearty meals for fellow community members.
The group was established by NAVFAC Marianas Asset Management Program Analyst Jeanette Pangelinan, who looked for a means to contribute to her fellow residents.
“When I heard about this place, I actually stopped in one day and got some information and then I went to work and got with a few co-workers and figured, ‘hey ladies, how about we all get together and do this as a group?’” she said.
Sisters in Christ are regulars at Kusinan Kamalen Karidat. They have been preparing meals monthly to be served at the kitchen for at least six months.
Kusinan Kamalen Karidat Manager Bertha Lujan said she is especially thankful for the group’s enthusiastic contributions.
“They’re here to serve our brothers and sisters in Christ,” she said. “They show interest and they’re very excited about it.”
Lujan said the kitchen is open daily year-round from 6–6:15 p.m. Patrons arrive, have dinner and eat, usually until 6:30 p.m.
“We have servers and these are people that sign up on certain calendar days, they come and sign up on the signed days and when they come here, they would provide paper products, they have staples like rice or potatoes and meat, vegetables, dessert and drinks,” she said. “When we ask our servers to come here, we always, we let them know that whatever food they bring here, you prepare it as though as you are serving Christ himself.”
“We just want to be able to give back because we’re so blessed with so much,” Pangelinan said. “It’s just extremely humbling.”