WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A lot of people are thankful to Samaritan Ministries on Thursday morning as they serve up meals on Thanksgiving.
“It’s just a wonderful feeling just of gratitude that there are volunteers who’ve given up their day today with their families to come and prepare food for our guest and then to have our guest come and have so much gratitude for the meal for such a simple thing as a meal,” Samaritan Ministries Executive Director Jan Kelly said.
Beginning at 11 a.m. Thursday, this volunteer-based non-denominational Christian ministry opened up doors to offer meals for anyone in need. They expect to end at 1 p.m.
Due to the pandemic, meals will only be offered to-go.
This special Thanksgiving offering is just one part of Samaritan Ministries greater mission, which includes the Samaritan Soup Kitchen, Samaritan Inn Shelter, Project Cornerstone and the Empowerment Project.
“We believe in ensuring what Matthew 25 says, ‘I was hungry and he gave me something to eat,’ and we take that to heart,” said Kendal Mcbroom, senior pastor at Turners Chapel AME Church. “We take that seriously so each Saturday we have our soup kitchen at our church but because of things going on, we opted that we were going to definitely be here on today to serve on Thanksgiving because we knew so many in the community were without a meal, and we wanted to make sure they have that on today.”
Throughout the year, the group runs the Samaritan Soup Kitchen, Winston-Salem’s only soup kitchen, and serves about 300 to 400 people a day.
The Samaritan Inn Shelter is able to house about 70 men within its walls.
Project Cornerstone is able to offer a residential substance abuse recovery program for homeless men with 10 beds available.
The Empowerment Project is a street outreach program that connects homeless adults and families experiencing mental health struggles or substance use disorders to resources enabling them to work on goals like permanent housing, health and income.
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