Local church offers brunch and vaccines for the homeless
COVID does not stop churches in the mission to feed the homeless.
COLUMBIA, SC – Washington Street United Methodist Church found a creative way to feed those in need and make sure they get their COVID-19 vaccine.
“We serve them like they’re in a restaurant,” said Washington Street Senior Pastor Patricia Parrish. “We bring them food and drink and sit down with them so that we can relate to people.”
It’s an initiative members of the Washington Street United Methodist Church say they often did before COVID. For the second time during the pandemic, volunteers have opened their place of worship to help feed those in need.
“Relationship building is a critical way to help people move from homelessness or poverty to acceptance and inclusion,” said Parrish.
This particular event also included DHEC offering 100 Moderna shots. Senior Pastor says their “Brunch on the Grounds” event allows volunteers to connect with the people they serve.
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“One of the stories that came to me was that a clergyman’s son came here to have lunch with us,” Parrish explained. “I told him I was the minister, and he told me who his father was. I immediately called his father to let him know where he was. We made a connection so I could let him know. if she heard anything else from her son. ” “
“A lot of times you hear compelling stories about the hardships of having jobs and then losing them,” said Andrea McAtee, Columbia resident. “I usually come away with this shared sense of brotherhood that we are all children of God, and we all have similar experiences, and we can all support each other.”
McAtee volunteered with her daughter Lucy. She says hearing different stories when volunteering reminds them how much everyone is the same, no matter what their circumstances.
“It reminds me of how much we have in common, even with people we maybe don’t have a conversation with on a regular basis,” McAtee said.
DHEC will return to church on May 23 to offer the second set of plans.
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