Front Porch began Fall 2017 with a traditional Santa Maria Style BBQ. Every Wednesday night during the quarter volunteers from local churches bring a home-cooked meal for the students. On this night, folks from the local communities of Orcutt and Santa Maria brought their fare.
Over 450 hungry students ate tri-tip sandwiches, beans and salad. For many freshman and transfers, this is their first encounter with the generosity of spirit that inhabits Front Porch. Many will make this their home during their tenure at Cal Poly.
In Memory of...
Kennedy Love, a beloved member of the Front Porch community, tragically left us during the summer. This meal was another opportunity for the students to mourn and celebrate this very special young man's life.
A community effort...
It takes many hands, including students, to put on a meal this large. The BBQ starts early in the afternoon when over 100 pounds of tri-tip is thrown on and slowly cooked. The tri-tip is then sliced and stuffed into sandwiches. Salad and beans are prepared as students begin to line up around the block.
The serving line is formed, and on this night students served the meal. These seasoned veterans of Front Porch relish the idea of greeting any newcomers, and old friends, to this magical setting.
At one of these events a server was asked by a student, "why do you do this?". The answer is simple -- we love the kids at Front Porch.
In many respects these are our kids, or very well could be. Many have had students leave for college to begin their adult lives away from home for the first time. Their children, and grandchildren, return with differing sets of world views. Many new perspectives are gained, and some familiar can be lost.
Front Porch is a place where a christian world view is practiced openly every day of the week. For those that have been raised in this tradition, it is a place where their faith can grow and flourish. For some, this is their first experience of a community that shares the love of God so freely. Everyone is welcome, everyone is loved. Front Porch is a safe place where students can drink coffee, study, meet new friends and eat a meal shared with no agenda.
Front Porch touches everyone that visits in some way. Students, volunteers, parents, local community members -- all are left with the impression that this is a truly special place. If you haven't had the opportunity, come visit some time and see for yourself.