“Soup Supper” a Great Success

First Annual “There’s Always … Room at the Table Soup Supper” Was a Great Success!

The PAH-sponsored Soup Supper, held on November 4 at the Charles Town Presbyterian Church, helped draw attention to the issues raised by National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week.

There was a rich program and many attendees. Pastor John Bethard, of the Charles Town Presbyterian Church, offered a prayer. Bob Shefner of Community Ministries welcomed the guests with statistics about poverty and homelessness here in Jefferson County. Pastor John Unger, who serves the congregations of St. John Lutheran Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church, and Bolivar United Methodist Church in Harpers Ferry, gave a slide show and a talk about his work with Mother Teresa and his experience at her canonization at the Vatican. “The Country Hams” barbershop quartet sang as the guests sampled the delicious soups and desserts.

A big thanks goes to the many generous private soup and dessert chefs, as well as the Glory Days Grill, Panera Bread, Grandma’s Diner, Alfredo’s Mediterranean Café, Hollywood Casino at Charles Town Races, Chik-fil-A, and Shepherd University Dining Services.

Participants and supporters who shared in the success of this first event were the Charles Town Presbyterian Church, the staff and Board of the Partnership for Affordable Housing, Bob Shefner, Jefferson County Community Ministries, Pastor John Unger, the City of Ranson, the Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson Security Bank, City National Bank, Printing Impressions, E*TRADE, the Family Resource Network, and the many caring members of the community who attended the supper.

We hope to see you at the next Soup Supper which will be held on Friday, November 3, 2017, at the Charles Town Presbyterian Church.

National Hunger & Homelessness Awareness Week is held each year the week before Thanksgiving. This is a perfect time for us all to reflect on what we are truly thankful for and to share our compassion with our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. It is also an opportunity to work collectively toward a world where no one has to experience hunger and homelessness. Please visit Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week for more information.

Thank you for your support!