Volunteer network operates local shelters and soup kitchens

Published: Wednesday, January 9, 2013 at 05:40 PM.

“She had saved money but the only thing that was keeping them from getting into an apartment was $60 for a water bill, so Hope Network paid for their water bill. That was kind of scary. A girl who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant: She could’ve had that baby at any time.”

Most local churches that host cold weather shelters also operate daily soup kitchens. Until October 2012, Sunday was the only day left unserved by a Hope Network soup kitchen. The Salvation Army stepped up and began operating its mobile soup kitchen downtown. Originally planned for the City Hall parking lot, organizers said a lack of attendance necessitated a move.

“Nobody showed up so we drove around a bit,” Lt. Jessica Welch said. “Now we park at the convenience store (Thrifty Foods) and we serve from 40 to 50 people each Sunday.”

“The churches have been just outstanding in their cooperation and coming together to take care of this problem,” Sprague said. “We do the best we can. We can always use more volunteers.”

Want to help?

Hope Network volunteers meet the third Monday of the month, except summer, 6 p.m. at Community of Christ church, 398 W. First Ave.

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