Gretchen DeVries (left), Jillian Romard and Eve Luimes volunteered to serve food during House of Lazarus’ April 5 Dinner on the House event.

Three young ladies, all members of Kemptville’s First Christian Reformed Church GEMS, volunteered their time and energy serving meals at House of Lazarus (HOL)’s April 5 community meal.

Gretchen DeVries, Jillian Romard, and Eve Luimes brought new meaning to the phrase “service with a smile” during HOL’s Dinner on the House, last week. Dinner on the House is a weekly community-building event offering a free meal to everyone.

“The girls were a bit shy at first, but when they got going they were great,” HOL client services manager Kim Merkley said, noting that it’s heart-warming to see young people not only taking an interest in community, but also willing to do what they can to give back.

Most weeks, it is HOL’s chefs who prepare the meals and serve it, alongside a regular set of dedicated and generous volunteers. However, more and more, individuals and groups are stepping up to fund and/or serve a meal. On April 12, the Rotary Club of Kemptville will be supplying and serving the meal for HOL’s Dinner on the House.

For more information and to find out what’s on the menu, visit or contact Kim Merkley at [email protected] or phone 613-989-3830.

House of Lazarus (HOL) is a food bank and outreach mission providing a host of services to those in need. In addition to addressing gaps that impact the vulnerable in our society, HOL is committed to building community by encouraging cooperation, sharing, and partnerships among all levels, from individuals to agencies, businesses, and organizations.


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