Watermark Church Feeds Iredell September Food Drive Supports Local Needs

July 25, 2017
Troutman, North Carolina

Watermark Church (www.mywatermark.org) is leading a “Feeding Iredell” food drive during the month of September.  Food collected will support the needs of Fifth Street Ministries (www.fifthstreetministries.com ) and Yoke Fellow Ministry (www.yokefellowministry.squarespace.com ) in Statesville NC, Mooresville Soup Kitchen (www.mooresvillesoupkitchen.com ) in Mooresville NC, and the South Yadkin Baptist Association (www.sybaptist.org ) in Troutman NC.  Food items can be delivered to the Watermark Church campus at 321 Clontz Hill Road in Troutman, 4 – 7 pm Monday thru Friday and 10 am – Noon Saturday and Sunday.  Items will be accepted September 10 through September 30.  

 

The follow items are being collected:

  • Canned meats, fruits or vegetables (small or commercial cans)
  • Kid friendly packaged foods
  • Fruit juices 
  • Peanut butter and crackers
  • Packaged pasta or rice

“Watermark Church began 10 years ago with a vision to serve our community’s physical and spiritual needs,” shares Pastor Joel Settle.  “This food drive is a fantastic tool to help meet those needs, and an important part of an ongoing effort to feed Iredell’s hungry.”

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Watermark Church is an interdenominational church located at 321 Clontz Hills Road, Troutman, NC.  For more information about Watermark Church, visit www.mywatermark.org.  

For more information about Feeding Iredell, contact:  Leslie Kusek, Leslie@mywatermark.org or 248.722.4178.

Lack of Affordable Housing Remembering our Veterans

By: Tyshameka Hollins

When a man or woman comes home after fighting for our freedom, they don’t
always have a home to call their own. Here is a site you can go to for assistance:

https://www.va.gov/HOMELESS/for_homeless_veterans.asp

VA’s specialized programs for homeless veterans serve hundreds of thousands of
homeless and at-risk veterans each year. Independently and in collaboration with
federal and community partners, VA programs provide veterans with housing
solutions, employment opportunities, health care, justice- and reentry-related
services and more. Learn more about these programs at VA’s Programs for At-Risk Veterans and Their Families page.

Through public housing authorities, HUD provides rental assistance vouchers for
privately owned housing to veterans who are eligible for VA health care services
and are experiencing homelessness. VA case managers may connect these
veterans with support services such as health care, mental health treatment and
substance use counseling to help them in their recovery process and with their
ability to maintain housing in the community. Among VA homeless continuum of
care programs, HUD-VASH enrolls the largest number and largest percentage of
veterans who have experienced long-term or repeated homelessness.
MSK dedicates the first and third Tuesday to those who have served our country
and their family members. We thank them for their service and are dedicated to
showing our appreciation and offering support to them in the form of food stability and connections to resources.

Mooresville Soup Kitchen reaches 30 years

By: Amarra GhaniJul 7, 2017 Updated Jul 7, 2017

MOORESVILLE – Services at the Mooresville Soup Kitchen (MSK) continue to expand as the nonprofit celebrates 30 years of serving the community and surrounding areas.

Starting in 1987, the group’s main focus was offering food security. Since then, its mission has developed into more than just providing meals. MSK now has employment opportunities as well as instructors, human resource services and classes that help teach job skills recruiters are looking for.

MSK Executive Director Lara Ingram said in the past couple of years, the nonprofit shifted priorities and worked heavily on outreach. At first, the soup kitchen was a facility community members had to physically go to if they needed help. Understanding that might be inconvenient for some, MSK began providing those same services by partnering up with several different organizations throughout the area.

“We saw that the services (became) difficult for some people to benefit from,” Ingram said. “So we changed the focus of our markets. Mooresville Soup Kitchen’s markets are now located in several churches and in various parts of town so there is an easier access.”

Some programs that were introduced throughout the years help MSK staff find the root cause of the problem, Ingram said. One of those programs is Kitchen Connections.

“In the planning process we identified that food was the significant need, but people who were using Mooresville Soup Kitchen also had other significant needs as well,” Ingram said. “People came to use Mooresville Soup Kitchen for food, but we also started to connect them to community resources for medical care and jobs and housing. We want to support and solve the root of the problem.”

Extending services to surrounding counties is something MSK has also celebrated, Ingram said. So far, residents from Mecklenburg and Rowan counties have benefitted from the soup kitchen. Another way MSK is trying to better their services is getting a more concrete idea of what people are in need of, instead of just assuming.

“We had volunteers canvass around the community the soup kitchen serves and asked several neighborhoods on the kinds of services they needed but didn’t have available,” she said. “This way we had access to where the holes in our community still exist and what we can do better. We’re excited about collecting the data and implementing it for the upcoming year.”

Volunteer coordinator for MSK, Tyshameka Hollins, originally volunteered with the nonprofit every day for a year and three months, she recalled. Hollins found a job, working for a hotel, because of the soup kitchen but would still volunteer her time. An opportunity arose, and there was an opportunity for Hollins to be employed by MSK.

“The atmosphere is what drew me in, time and time again,” she said. “I don’t do happy – I do joyful and kindness. And there is a lot of joy and kindness from both the volunteers and the guests that we serve.”

The soup kitchen serves as many as 150 individuals a day.  

“There are about 70 volunteers who are regulars, and that right there alone can help you understand the love and work that goes in this community,” Hollins said. “People come in for fellowship and encouragement and to keep a positive outlook on whatever situation they’re having home at home.”

The Mooresville Soup kitchen is at 275 S. Broad St. Volunteers are needed. For more information, go to www.mooresvillesoupkitchen.com/ or contact Hollins at volunteer@mooresvillesoupkitchen.com.

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