The R Star Foundation will host a dinner as “guest chef” for the Friendship Shelter on Wednesday, May 30.
Rosalind Russell, director of Laguna-based R Star Foundation, is impressed with their accomplishments as a home for individuals making the transition from homelessness to joining the workforce to returning to the main stream.
Russell, known locally as the “goat lady” for her own charity work in Nepal, is excited about the prospect of cooking dinner for the 29 residents of Friendship Shelter. She is planning a well-rounded and organic meal, following the preferences of one of the residents she knows.
Friendship Shelter provides housing, a variety of supportive services, and three meals daily to 29 homeless adult men and woman, for up to 60 days, at no charge, in order to get back on their feet and support themselves.
The shelter provides individual case management, counseling, life skills training, recovery meetings, budget and credit counseling, self-esteem workshops, job readiness and employment placement, and housing and specialized services for individuals with mental health disabilities through a contract with the County of Orange. Their work is made possible through the thousands of hours of dedicated service from staff members and volunteers, including guest chefs.To find out more about the guest chef program or to learn more about other ways to help, call the shelter at 494-6928. Further information is also available at