MSK Success Stories
Here at Mooresville Soup Kitchen, we're more than just a nourishing meal. We offer our guests the support, help, and resources they need to get back on their feet. We measure our success by the success of our guests. Read about a few recent Success Stories below!
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My name is Amanda (Mooresville Soup Kitchen has changed her name). My four year old son and I are originally from Charlotte, NC. I have struggled with addiction for many, many years. In March of 2017, I was hospitalized for 7 days fighting for my life, due to my drug use. I decided at that point, for my son and I, it was definitely time for a change. I could sense that if I continued on the path, my days here with my child were numbered, and I couldn’t bare to think of putting my only child through a tragedy such as that. No one can take care of my baby the way I do. There is NOTHING in this world like “Mommy”. So, I decided to enter a treatment program. Shortly thereafter, his father and I decided to give our relationship another try, because that is what our son deserves, his mother and father together, and all of us living in the same home, as a family unit. In April 2017, we moved to Mooresville to live with his father. We ended up finding a 2 bedroom duplex. We had absolutely NO furniture to put in our home and barely had food to eat.
When we moved into our new home, my now fiancé (we are engaged now too!!), was the ONLY person in our home with income. Our money was extremely tight to say the least. None of us, including my son, had a bed to sleep in. We all slept on the floor for months.
I go to treatment daily in Statesville, and since I have no transportation, I ride there on the ICATS (Iredell County Area Transportation). I am now 6 months clean and sober, PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY, and I feel better now than I have ever felt in my 38 years of life. I cannot ever remember a time when I’ve had the peace of mind that I have now.
I was speaking with one of the ICATS drivers one morning about my family’s situation, and she mentioned to me I should go to the Mooresville Soup Kitchen, that comment changed my situation TREMENDOUSLY!! I came to the Soup Kitchen for the first time on a Tuesday morning. I was feeling terribly embarrassed, ashamed of my living situation, and the fact that my child had not been eating properly. It is very hard for me to ask for help, because I am very independent, and have worked since I was 15 years old. I did not know how to ask for help because my parents were financially stable, and we never had money problems when I was growing up. So, I walked in, and it was nothing like I had expected. The place was spotless, and the meal I received was fabulous, and WAY more that I could even eat. I ended up taking a lot of it home. The people serving us, who are ALL volunteers, were so nice and made me feel as if I was at home, like they had known my son and I for years. I now go to the Mooresville Soup Kitchen every Tuesday and Thursday, and I look forward to it. They have a bulletin board at the Soup Kitchen, with resources for everything from employment all the way to free furniture. It is one of the BEST things that happened to me since moving to Mooresville. Ms. Judith, the services coordinator at the Soup Kitchen, is a God sent. She puts her heart and soul into her job, and I do not know what my family and I would have done, had it not been for her hard work and dedication. Ms. Judith, her co-workers and the resources available at the Soup Kitchen have made it possible for me to transition back into a functional human. The Soup Kitchen also implements Christianity, and prayer into their daily functions. That for me is a HUGE part of being a successful person. I could not have dreamed of, nor have ever seen an organization so dedicated and helpful. I do not know where or what I would have done had it not been for this place. With the resources available on the Soup Kitchen’s bulletin board, I now have a brand new bed for my son, care of the Mooresville’s Rotary Club. The bed was delivered, assembled and the Rotary Club provided pillows, sheets, a comforter, and a stuffed animal for my son. Ms. Judith also helped my fiancé and I find a bed. Our new bed was also delivered, assembled and came complete with bedding. The Soup Kitchen also provides meals and a bountiful amount of groceries daily for any and everybody that shows up on their door step. These people are truly amazing, and I thank God for their hard work and dedication. I truly did not believe there were still people and places like this in our world any longer. Thank you The Mooresville Soup Kitchen for changing my life……….you guys are so special to me.
A middle-age homeless woman was working at a minimum wage job when she came to us for support. After a few months of being a guest at MSK, we found out Mitchell Community college was offering a free trade class with a job offer from sponsoring companies. Our Volunteer Services Coordinator, Judith, encouraged her to sign up. This month, she successfully completed the course and now is waiting for the opportunity to get a better paying job!
After a very long time living in their car, a couple who have been guests at MSK, were able to rent a house near by that they can afford. With our partner, Hands Helping Hands Ministry, they were able to get their furniture and household items they needed.
Recently, a single grandmother who is new to the area, was going through financial hardship and needed help. After talking to her, our Volunteer Services Coordinator, Judith, found out that part of the financial hardship was due to having to rent furniture. With our community partner, The Mooresville Rotary Club and their Beds4Kids program, were able to provide beds and linens. She was able to return the rented furniture and save the almost $400 monthly.