At a networking event in 2010, Chelsea Cabanillas met the evening’s speaker, Ginnie Rowe, from The Singletons Board of Directors. The Singletons mission, to offer practical support to single parent families diagnosed with cancer, immediately spoke to Chelsea’s heart. In her words, “I was hooked. I had to get involved.” Read more
The Singletons Kitchen is one of the core pillars of The Singletons program. Its purpose is to provide delicious family-style meals, made with fresh ingredients and offer a simple answer to the ever-present question, “What’s for dinner? And portions are generous enough to leave a few leftovers, too!
Singleton parents wishing to receive meals simply sign up each month on our parent portal and select which type of protein they prefer ~ chicken, beef, pork, or seafood. A variety of meals are ordered by The Singletons at Dream Dinners, and assembled once a month by wonderful volunteer groups (who register to participate by contacting The Singletons office). When meal-prep is finished, we freeze the meals until the third Saturday of each month. Families receive their entrees, some sides and /or breakfast pockets at the same time they receive their Bare Necessities bundles.
What happens when a group arrives at Dream Dinners? Our Singletons Kitchen Hostess(es) along with Dream Dinners staff will be there to greet them. They’ll hear The Singletons story and then get quick instructions about how to put the meals together. Volunteers split up around the room, 2-3 at each station. They each follow well marked recipes, and create delicious meals with provided utensils, kitchen tools and packaging. They measure the already chopped, sliced and grated ingredients – the same foods you’d have in your own kitchen. Every meal includes easy-to-cook instructions and is stored in the refrigerator until they are taken to The Singletons freezers.
We like to say that these are kid-friendly meals, not only for the taste, but also because even a child as young as 11 or so can put dinner together, with just a little supervision from Mom or Dad.
Check out our calendar for available dates and more information on how to book this volunteer event.
Darlene has been a dedicated volunteer with The Singletons, since its inception, as Singleton Moms. While working full time and raising a family of four children, she knew time was very precious, but still wanted to find some way to to help with a local cause. More than that, Darlene wanted to help make a difference, no matter how big or how small.
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Singleton Moms had the opportunity to team up with the Arizona Coyote hockey players. The guys packed up Bare Necessities bags, meals, and back to school supplies for our families. It was such a pleasure to see young players who have the whole world in front of them, giving back to the community. Read more
June’s Bare Necessities Day was a huge success despite the intense summer heat. Read more
Volunteers, Melissa, Alex, Jessica and Lindsay transformed Singleton “Mom”, Renee’s, master bedroom through their Room for Recovery Program. Read more
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