There’s a new soup kitchen and warming center in Somerset and the homeless and the hungry are quickly finding their way there.
While she was volunteering at the Living Bread Soup Kitchen in Somerset for more than a year, Mitzi Dowell saw the community’s need for a place for the homeless to get out of the cold – not a shelter with background checks, but a warming center open to anyone when the temperature gets below 32 degrees.
The door remains open as long as no one interferes with the safety of others.
Dowell is a member of Somerset First Church of the Nazarene and felt the call to set up a soup kitchen along with the warming center.
She collaborated with the pastor, Mike Grant, and Feed My Sheep Ministries was born three weeks ago, with Dowell as director.
Two dozen overnight guests have already stayed at the warming center at Somerset First Church of the Nazareen. Dowell said the guests are a reminder that unexpected circumstances often cause a person to become homeless, like one man who showed up after serving in the military in Afghanistan.