Mornings at the Mission begin around 8 am with the cook, thrift store and myself prepping things for the day.
Breakfast is made, money is counted and clothes and shelves are straightened in the store and food for the food pantry is brought from the back and organized for distribution.
We try and open the doors to the public at 8:30 when breakfast is served, life skills classes are taught, showers and laundry is done and the food pantry, clothing bank and thrift store begin operations.
Bible study classes begin in the soup kitchen between 9 and 10 when we close the kitchen for a brief period to clean up and begin lunch.
Doors open again in the soup kitchen at 11:30 and lunch is served from 12-1 followed by dish-washing, and a full clean-up of the kitchen.
The front stays open the entire time and our case worker is busily at work seeing folks who have needs other than what we can directly meet and food and clothing is handed out to around 3-400 families each month.
Donations come in every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday and we use Fridays and Mondays to catch up with the sorting and hanging of clothes.
We serve more than 3,000 meals each month and provide hope to those who need the help.
If you would like to lend a hand, please drop by anytime between 8:30 and 1:30 and we’ll put you to work. You are free to stay as little or as long as you like and come in whatever days suit you.
I do think we are making a difference in our small town, one person at a time and with your help we will continue to be able to do so.
Pat yourself on the back guys, for a job well done!
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