Empty Bowls is back for 2022!

A reminder that someone’s bowl is always empty…

Empty Bowls is back!

Join us Saturday, October 22 from 11am – 2pm for our annual event, held at the Stevens Point Area Senior High (SPASH) at 1201 North Point Drive in Stevens Point.

For $11, Empty Bowls attendees are served a lunch of soup donated by local restaurants, bread, and cookies, and receive a bowl created by local potters, community members, or students. Along with the soup lunch, the event will feature live entertainment and the Empty Bowls Market Place & Raffle, where attendees can win prizes!

Along with the normal soup lunch, Empty Bowls will also offer “Empty Bowls To-Go”; an option for soup enjoyers to take the lunch to-go.

There’s a limited number of bowls available, so be sure to come early!

Money raised during the event funds projects created by the Portage County Hunger & Poverty Prevention Partnership that address issues of hunger and poverty.

For more information or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, visit www.emptybowlsportageco.org.

Portage county man finds a fresh start with Rent Ready

Following the Super Bowl, Portage County’s Rent Ready program was featured in a news story on WSAW highlighting a family’s journey to a new beginning.

Rent Ready graduate Andrew Lehman wanted to provide a stable home and secure future for his family.

“They definitely give me a lot of purpose, is what I’m finding,” Lehman said.

But as soon as one year ago, his outlook was very different, and with the help of treatment, he turned his life around.

“I had a warrant for me through probation and I just was in the midst of addiction I guess and I was arrested and taken to jail,” he explained. “I really reached out to my family, I really leaned on my probation officer, some social workers, just whatever was there and available to me, I utilized. Instead of just trying to handle everything myself and just internalizing it.”

Though every rental application Andrew turned in was turned down, Rent Ready helped him utilize resources he wasn’t aware existed, securing him a home for his and his children’s future.

Read the entire story from Stella Porter of WSAW here. Transcriptions and quotes are credited to WSAW.