Volunteering at MSK

By MSK Volunteers, Sabrina Underbrink and Tyshameka Hollins

September 28, 2017
Mooresville- This week at Mooresville Soup Kitchen (MSK) we decided to explore the
benefits of volunteerism by taking the time to ask our volunteers a few questions about their service at the soup kitchen. We thought it would be nice to share a summary of some of their answers.

First, we asked our volunteers what they thought were some benefits of being an MSK
volunteer. Some said they had a sense of self satisfaction and some said they felt being at MSK gave them happiness in the moment and happiness that was long lasting after they left for the day. Others expressed volunteering benefited them as their way to be an obedient servant to others and the Lord. Also said was coming to MSK was a great way to meet people in the community that enjoy helping others.

Next, we asked our volunteers how much of an impact they felt their work made on our guests. Our volunteers felt they encourage nutrition here at MSK by being able to provide our guests with meals on a daily basis they may not have gotten otherwise. One volunteer expressed they loved being able to provide a home like experience for guests by lending a listening ear, using kind words, and establishing a welcoming spirit and atmosphere here at MSK.

We then asked our volunteers how they thought they impacted not only the guests, but the community. Here at MSK our volunteers feel they are given the opportunity to bring people together in a judgment free zone to show them there are people in their community, be it their neighbor or someone they’ve never met that share the same struggles. By meeting these people we can prove to them that they are not alone in this world and there are people in their community, not just at MSK, who care about them and support them. Our volunteers at MSK are able to see the impact they make in the community when our guests leave radiating with positivity and go out into the community to continue to spread that positivity. It’s a great thing when we get new guests who say they've heard about how great of an experience their friend or family member had at MSK and that they wanted to come experience it for themselves. That is how much of an impact our volunteers make in the community and it is a wonderfully awesome thing!

The last thing we asked our volunteers was how much they learned from the guests they meet while serving at MSK. While society stereotypes people who go to soup kitchens, our volunteers have learned there all kinds of people who come to the soup kitchen hungry and in need. They have learned people are not as they appear and have met people who come to MSK who are their neighbor, church member, or coworker. Our volunteers come to learn that every one of our guests has something different going on in their lives and everyone lives a different life than the person they may sit next to in church. Overall, our volunteers know what it means to be grateful, thankful , and appreciative of the lives they’ve been given by seeing the hands of people in their community reach out in need and being able to fill them.

Our volunteers are the best part of MSK. Without them we would cease to exist and with them we strive in being able to provide the best we can to our guests and community by helping those who cannot help themselves. As said by one of volunteers, Sabrina, “It is a privilege to be able to serve others in such a wonderful atmosphere of MSK and to do so under the name and with the strength of Jesus Christ.”

Mooresville Soup kitchen is at 275 S. Broad St. and volunteers are always needed. For more information, go to www.mooresvillesoupkitchen.com/volunteersignupform/ or contact Ty Hollins at volunteer@mooresvillesoupkitchen.com.

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.