September, 2014 has been designated the Month of Caring by the Altus Group, our parent company. As part of the Month of Caring, eleven ARGUS employees, outfitted with Altus aprons and ARGUS baseball caps, cooked and served dinner for the residents of the Ronald McDonald House.
The Ronald McDonald House provides low-cost housing for seriously ill children and their families who are in Houston to get treatment at one of our prestigious local hospitals. The staff at the House pride themselves on making it a home away from home for these families.
Although we had the option of catering the meal, we felt that the families would be more appreciative of home cooking. Preparing the meal took all afternoon. First, three separate teams shopped for all the ingredients we needed. After we got the supplies back to the Ronald McDonald House, we proceeded to cook dinner in the spacious kitchen for the forty-four families staying there.
In addition to two stoves and ovens, we had access to an outdoor grill, which we used for sausages and some of the chicken. In the end, we had three different types of chicken, grilled, rosemary, and lemon pepper. In addition, we served the sausage and several side dishes, including macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, corn, rolls, salad, and fruit salad. For the vegetarians, we provided veggie and black bean burgers. There was no mistaking that we had some real good southern cooks in the house.
The House’s grateful residents devoured the food. By the end of the evening, we had run out of all three types of chicken and the macaroni can cheese.
At the end of a long evening, the families impressed us the most. The good spirits of these children and their families showed their strength in the face of unbelievable hardship. The children were running and playing and gave us their smiles and gratitude, making our efforts all the more rewarding.
– Lara Tellis, Technical Writer, ARGUS Software
Our list of ARGUS volunteers
- John Mirrer
- Diane Trim
- Faith Mingo
- Heather Bailey
- Stephen Collins
- Alex Whitaker
- Joshua Durkin
- Lara Tellis
- Cezary Kulbicki
- Kari Mayfield
- Amy Ellison