I have been a parishioner at Holy Apostles for more than a decade and am now a member of the vestry. The church has a deep-felt commitment to the Soup Kitchen because we believe it reflects God's commandment: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. I have personally known people who came to the Soup Kitchen for help and have since gone on to regain jobs, housing and healthcare because there was a place for them to come that would give them support when their lives had gone awry. I will never forget the smart, talented woman who had been a journalist who had a nervous breakdown and was putting her life back together, or the hard working mother of three beautiful children who was escaping a bad marriage. Both got back on their feet because they felt they were not only given a meal at the Soup Kitchen, but the kind of love and support they were lacking in the rest of their lives.
I served on the Vestry of the Church of the Holy Apostles for six years, and the past four years as Warden of the Parish. The Soup Kitchen is our primary outreach program. The sense of community that includes so many beyond our small membership is an amazing thing. The coming together of our many generous benefactors, dedicated staff, and hard-working volunteers, along with a fascinating and ever-growing group of guests, provides a living metaphor of the holy meal we remember at each Eucharist.