RIO GRANDE — The Rio Grande Police Department and Patriot Masonic Lodge combined efforts Monday morning to deliver around 600 pounds of steer beef to Serenity House efforts.
The organizations met at the Rio Grande Village Municipal Building before officers helped offload the beef.
“I don’t know how to express how huge this is,” said Serenity House Director Marissa Metz. “We really appreciate it. Beef is not something we’re able to afford frequently, especially not steaks and roasts and stuff. This will be a nice treat for the ladies compared to bologna. We get ground beef as often as we can but proteins are often lacking.”
Metz said the organization normally purchases its food through a grant and operates a tight monthly food budget.
“If you think about it, I have 12 beds,” said Metz about Serenity House’s residential space. “We can potentially have up to 20 mouths to feed on $400 a month. We also typically need to go with things that last like (nonperishable food).”
The beef will be kept in a recently donated freezer.
“Matt Richards is a member of the Patriot Lodge,” said Patriot Freemason Bob Taylor. “He had it butchered and donated it to the police department and then they donated it to Serenity House. The masonic lodge in Patriot paid half the butcher bill and CLR Excavating and Logging paid the other half. We feel like these girls can really use it.”
The Butcher Shoppe in Mercerville reportedly butchered the steer for the donation efforts.
“It’s a great chance to help the community and pay it forward,” said Rio Grande Police Chief Chris Dodson. “It’s a chance to help (Serenity House) and they provide good services. It benefits the county and it’s bigger than Rio Grande. (The masonic lodge) donated it to the police department to do with it as we saw and they knew we could find a program to pay it forward and that’s what we did.”
As part of its unending mission to serve southeast Ohio women, Serenity House says it offers a 24-hour crisis line where there is an individual always available to answer the phone. Many women have been housed with the organization as they get their lives pointed in a new direction. The organization seeks to assist women in leaving abusive situations and coaches them in how to become independent and confident. The residential location of the organization has remained secret in an attempt to respect the privacy of the clients utilizing the organization’s services.
For more information, the organization can be reached at 740-446-6752 or 800-942-9577. Metz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can also be found at serenityhouseinc.weebly.com.
Dean Wright can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2103.