Mayor Larry Thompson pointed out there are Real Services meals provided for senior citizens at the Elder Haus Senior Center, and a weekly meal is provided at a couple of other churches in town practically free. But he said everyone working together to ensure everyone’s needs are met is a good thing.
Connie Fink, Elder Haus Senior Center director, said she can see where a soup kitchen could be beneficial, especially this winter. She said some of the senior citizens who come for Real Services meals may be hesitant to venture out at night, but others may take advantage of it.
Thompson said this kind of community effort, as well as other services provided in the city by organizations including Family Christian Development Center, Open Door, Real Services and other churches, bring about what he called a “missional renaissance — everyone working together, sharing meals, mentoring, a faith-based way to help people.”
“As they do this thing — it’s about helping with food. But what’s unsaid is the mentoring that’s going on,” Thompson said. “People who may need a break and you never know what doors may open as they’re sharing and mentoring — giving everyone a better chance.”
Shaver said there are no restrictions on who can come for the meal and no income guidelines.
“If you show up, you’re going to have a meal and we’ll fellowship and share,” he said. “Whoever God brings to the door, that’s who’s going to eat that day.”
For more information For more information or to volunteer to serve in the soup kitchen, contact Nappanee Church of the Brethren at 574-773-4044.