Smoker/grill donated to People's City Mission

Donation to People's City Mission
Mark Hawkins, co-chair of SCC's Welding Technology program; Pastor Tom Barber of the People's City Mission; and Randy Hand, food services manager at the PCM, stand in front of the smoker/grill. SCC students and representatives from Milford Assembly of God church also are pictured.

Numerous volunteers from local and area organizations donate their time to help the People’s City Mission in Lincoln. There are dozens of opportunities.

A group of volunteers from Milford Assembly of God church serve meals in the kitchen at PCM. About six months ago members of the group were talking to Randy Hand, PCM food services manager, who mentioned that he would like to barbecue for the people he serves.

Terry Stutzman, one of those church volunteers, said the group discussed purchasing a new grill for PCM. They presented the plan to the rest of the congregation, and fundraising began.

“We really couldn’t find a commercial grill that was affordable and yet was big enough for what they needed,” Stutzman said.

So Stutzman, an information systems technician at Southeast Community College, talked to Todd Roth, chairman of the Computer Aided Design Drafting program, to see if a student could design a grill. He did.

During the design process, Stutzman approached Mark Hawkins, co-chair of SCC’s Welding Technology program, to see if a class would be willing to build the grill for PCM.

“Once the design was completed, Mark and I visited about making some changes to the original design, which he did based on his experience building smokers/grills,” Stutzman said.

On Nov. 20, Hawkins and 11 students delivered the smoker/grill to PCM’s facility at 110 Q St. in Lincoln. Hawkins fired up the smoker for the initial seasoning process.

Stutzman said he was proud to be a part of a project that “will be a blessing for many of the homeless and less fortunate at PCM for years to come.”

“I must say it was so exciting to see all the staff at PCM come out and inspect the grill and see the amazement on their faces of what an awesome grill that SCC built for them,” Stutzman said. “I am also so proud of Mark and his students for not only taking on this project, but building a quality smoker/grill for PCM.”

Stutzman said plans are being made for a dedication barbecue sometime next spring.

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For more information contact:
Stu Osterthun
Administrative Director of Public Information and Marketing
402-323-3401
sosterthun@southeast.edu