Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Whittier church's soup kitchen back in business following emergency plumbing repairs

From California-

The Soup Hour at St. Matthias Episcopal Church is back in business following $10,000 in emergency plumbing repairs that put its kitchen out of commission for several weeks.

Every weekday afternoon, the church provides a hot meal during its Soup Hour to more than 100 homeless people - a program started nearly three decades ago by volunteer Stan Jamieson, who still runs it.

But in late December, a portion of the water line that runs to the church's kitchen had completely rotted out on the bottom, prompting repairs that would have wiped out the church's savings for emergencies.

That's when the church appealed to the community for donations to help offset the cost of the repairs. And over the past four weeks, St. Matthias received enough donations to fully cover the $10,000 in repairs.


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