Guest Chef Program

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Every morning and evening, volunteers prepare and serve hot meals for homeless families and adults in our Emergency Housing program. These “Guest Chefs” give of their time and energy, generously donating food and doling out a great deal of compassion with each plate.

Would you like to become a Guest Chef for breakfast or dinner? Please email the Guest Chef Enrollment Form to or call us at (818) 246-7900 ext. 113.

Thank you!

  We thank our Guest Chefs for their support.

Guest Chef

Guest Chef FAQs

How many for breakfast or dinner?

In general, please anticipate at least 42 clients for the emergency shelter.

As our shelter numbers can vary day to day, you can call our Resident Associate a day before 4:30 PM – 7:00 AM at 818-246-7900 x104 to confirm the number of residents.

What time is dinner served?

Dinner is served at 6PM nightly. Guest Chefs are welcome to come an hour before for prep. Dinner is done at 7PM.

What time is breakfast served?

Breakfast is served at 6AM. Guest Chef Teams can arrive one hour prior for prep. Breakfast is done at 7AM.

Do I need to bring cutlery, napkins, cups, cookware?

Yes, we kindly request that our Guest Chefs bring these items: paper napkins, paper plates/bowls, paper cups, plastic utensils, serving utensils, dishes, and platters.

After meal service, Guest Chefs typically donate any unused paper or plastic products to Ascencia.

Buffet style or plated?

When the meal is ready to be served, please inform the Resident Associate on duty who will then call everyone to breakfast or dinner. Please feel free to serve the meal buffet-style or plated.

Residents will take their meals in the communal dining hall.

What is a typical Guest Chef Breakfast?

Breakfast may be any morning-friendly food: cereal, oatmeal, eggs, toast, pancakes, waffles, bacon, sausage, quiches, etc. Please plan to include
beverages with breakfast. For beverage options we recommend water, milk or juice. Please note a commercial size coffeemaker is available at the shelter and we generally have a supply of ground coffee in stock.

What is a typical Guest Chef Dinner?

In preparing the dinner menu, we kindly request that Guest Chefs observe the following guidelines in order to best meet the needs of our most health-challenged shelter residents:

MEALS: please consider lower sodium meals.

o Main dishes of hearty soups, stews, pasta, chili, meatloaf, and chicken are greatly appreciated.
o Guest Chefs have also enjoyed including side dishes of salad or other vegetables, dinner rolls, potatoes or rice.

Where is Ascencia located?

Ascencia’s 42-bed emergency shelter is located at 1851 Tyburn Street, Glendale, CA 91204.

Additional Questions?

Call 818-246-7900 x.113 or e-mail .








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