“They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ “He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’ Matthew 25: 44-45
From the beginning Shepherd’s HOPE has focused on building relationships while providing much needed material resources. The pantry of course has been the avenue through which those relationships have begun and then deeper connections have been made in the Bible studies. In 2014 The Way ministry partners began discussions about the need for a soup kitchen. They learned that there was none in Englewood! On April 23, 2014, The Family Feeding Center opened in the Peace Center at 6455 S Peoria. The Center allows great opportunity for conversation. After a meal the guests are invited to meet individually and explore other areas of need they may have – job search, housing, clothing, counseling. The Family Feeding Center is temporarily closed. It will reopen in January 2019 at THE CENTER of Englewood, 838 W. Marquette. The new hours will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon until 2:30 PM. A worship service will be held at 11 AM in the auditorium.