Community Meal (Sunday Evening)


Breakthrough Ministries serves the community EVERY Sunday.


Breakthrough Ministries provides opportunities for individuals or groups to serve the homeless and needy a community meal in our dining hall every Sunday evening.  We ask that volunteers commit to stay for 2 ½ hours from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm.  Orientation & training starts at 4:30 pm after which you will eat, then serve the meal, and attend the service with our homeless guests.  Our commitment is to release you to leave by 7:00 pm.

*VERY IMPORTANT UPDATE – In an effort to simplify and make it easier for volunteers to serve, we have changed our expectations and process.

The old way – We used to ask groups to plan, purchase, prepare, deliver and serve a meal for up to 100 people.  It has been challenging to find leaders willing to consistently take on so much responsibility.

The new way – In an effort to simplify, we have hired staff and now plan, purchase, prepare and clean up the after the meal so groups can come and simply serve.  In an effort to offset the cost, we suggest (not required) that each individual make a $20 donation to Breakthrough.

Breakthrough Ministries now has a kitchen staff who will plan, purchase, and prepare the meal for the evening.  Your volunteer serving team will be given instructions at the 4:30 pm orientation about your specific job responsibilities for the evening.  Some of the opportunities include the following and will be allocated based on the number of people in your group.

We can accommodate up to 40 volunteers for serving and 3 volunteers for plating.

  1. Kitchen Help (Help fill serving bowls for servers, assist kitchen staff, and clean kitchen)
  2. Servers (Serve and bus tables family style including table cleanup).
  3. Hospitality Connectors (Sit in designated spots on tables and fellowship with guests during the meal)


Breakthrough will be purchasing the food for the community meal.  In order to offset some of our costs, we would kindly ask for a free will donation of $10-$20 per volunteer to help cover some of these costs.   You may either bring a check to Breakthrough, cash, or may go to our donations page and do a one time online donation.


Breakthrough Ministries is located in the beautiful Historic Wesley Center (Downtown Minneapolis) on the NW Corner of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Address:  Historic Wesley Center, 101 E Grant Street, Minneapolis, MN 55403.


Your time is important to us.  However, we do ask for a 2 1/2 hour serving commitment that includes attending the worship service for those who serve the meal.  The reason this is so important is that we ask you to make a connection during the meal with a guest.  We ask you to invite them to the service and sit with them.  Experience has shown us that our guests will generally be more inclined to come if they are invited. We release meal serving volunteers at 7:00 pm.

4:30 pm –  Check-in & Orientation Meeting (Reception Hall Conference Room – adjacent to the Sanctuary)

5:00 pm –   Volunteers eat dinner

5:15-6:00 pm – Volunteers Serve the meal to our guests

6:00-7:00 pm – Worship, Message, Communion or Testimony in the Sanctuary

7:00 pm – Release volunteers (Except Needs Closet) to go home

7:00 – 7:15 pm – Prayer and Ministry

7:15 -7:45 pm – Needs Closet

7:45 pm – Load bus and depart for St. Paul.



Consider travel time so that you will be in orientation at 4:30 pm.  Travel times can be affected by Sporting events (Vikings, Twins, or Timberwolves games) or large events being held at the Convention Center.  Also, downtown can be tricky to navigate.  Plan ahead by looking at this map  – zoom in to notice directional arrows as they indicate one-way travel.  Plan your trip in allowing for adequate time to find parking.  Parking can be tricky as well.

Parking (in suggested order):

(Free) Wesley Parking lot – Due to construction, space is extremely limited in our parking lot which is located on the South side of the Church.  Entrance to the lot is only available from 1st Ave S which is a Northbound one-way.  However, it is free to our volunteers, so it is worth checking there first.

($3.00) Metered parking is available on the streets.  The meters accept credit cards and the cost is typically $3.00.  I recommend street parking on the west side of 1st Ave S.

($5.00) Hyatt/Loring Park Parking Ramp located on the NE corner of Nicollet Ave and W. Grant St.  – Due to construction on Nicollet Mall, you must enter this ramp from S Marquette Ave and Alice Rainville Place – follow the signs to the ramp.  We have parking validations available for $5 cash.  Please bring the parking stub and cash to Jim Rottinger (Breakthrough Staff) to obtain the validation to exit the ramp.  Without the validation it will cost $12 to park in this lot.

When you arrive

Remember, volunteers should arrive before 4:30 pm to attend orientation and job assignment meeting held from 4:30 -4:55 pm.

Entering the building

No matter where you park, we ask volunteers to enter the building through the glass doors from the Wesley parking lot.

We have Security and they can direct you if you get confused.

Then where do I go?

When you enter the building through the glass door, go to the right and up the ramp.  At the top of the ramp is a door that you will go through that leads you into our reception hall.  The conference room is located on the opposite side of the reception hall you entered. Again, we start orientation at 4:30 pm in that room.



  • Sign up individually or as a group of 2 to help meet the needs of the homeless.  Under direction from the Director, you will help organize and hand out items to our guests.  We can accommodate as many as 2 volunteers to serve.  Depending on the amount of prep & stocking work required to be ready for the night, we may have you just work in the closet.  It is our desire that you arrive and are able to attend the service that starts at 6:00 pm.  In that case, you will go down to the closet at 7:00 pm to open it at 7:15 pm.


  • Worship Team:  Have a desire to help with worship, please contact Heidi Hutchenson at (612) 889-1502 or email her at

Here’s what a typical serving night at Breakthrough looks like:


IMPORTANT NOTE: All volunteers need to complete a volunteer waiver form prior to volunteering.  This form will be available for you when you arrive for training.


2 thoughts on “Community Meal (Sunday Evening)

  1. Hello- curious if you will be in need of serving volunteers on Dec. 25th, 2016? Our family is interested in volunteering on Christmas Day, however, I do not see any volunteer opportunities for that day on your signup genius page. Thanks!!

    1. Hi Kristie, Our Christmas service is Dec 18. Here’s the link to sign up:

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