Churches seek community support for housing initiative

Published: Friday, January 31, 2014 at 07:13 PM.

"We can see it growing; of course, a lot of it has to do with the economy," Ed Kitchen, of First Presbyterian, said.

Sean Peters, pastor at the Journey Church, said attendance at their soup kitchen has grown steadily since the service opened last May.

"We had around 30 (people), on average, and then in the summer we had an average of 90 to 100," he said. "Since then the numbers have tapered off to around 75."

Many individuals who visit the area soup kitchens are not homeless, Jo-An Williams, of First Presbyterian, said.

"The majority comes from people on a fixed-income or (those using) food stamps," she said.

 Regardless of whom they help or how they help them, working together is crucial.

"I think this is so important for the community," Peters said.

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