HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAFF) – People who visit the Rose of Sharon soup kitchen in Huntsville receive more than just a meal when they enter.
CEO Theresa Wilson says it’s about developing relationships with everyone who crosses paths with her. “Yes, we nurture them, but we also form relationships,” Wilson said.
She says her organization provides a place to meet the physical and spiritual needs of Huntsville’s less fortunate residents.
The Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen does this by offering services like the Food Box Program and the Soup Kitchen Ministry which provides meals twice a day.
“Soup kitchen comes with a stigma that people cross a line and get soup and depression. Here we have a café type organization where we serve table side with table and tablescape and we love people,” Wilson said.
She hopes the Rose of Sharon soup kitchen will be a place where people can heal and grow in such a cold world.
Landers McClarty Subaru has been a partner of the Rose of Sharon Soup Kitchen for 2 years. However, they decided to formalize the partnership and launched their “Year of Love” today.
Frank Williams, owner/managing partner of Landers McLarty Subaru in Huntsville, says:
“When we have really thought about it, one year of service for this organization will make a difference and will also make a difference in the care of family members and that is what we see Rose of Sharon doing for us. aligns their partnership with ours, which is loving towards your family members.”
Williams says her company wants to encourage people to donate time or money to Rose of Sharon.
Wilson also noted that any donation will allow the organization to expand its reach in the community.
“We are going to do a lot more, because we now have relief in the middle of summer. It couldn’t come at a better time,” Wilson said.
Ashley Ward, a Rose of Sharon soup kitchen attendee, says the organization not only keeps their stomachs full, but keeps them spiritually grounded.
“It helped me come to myself spiritually. I was a little depressed and kinda walked away from it – not that I didn’t and wasn’t spiritually in tune with it…it helped me get back into it when I felt like there was no hope in this area,” Ward said.
La Rose de Sharon and Landers Mclarty Subaru want to impact 100,000 families, one meal at a time.
If you would like to donate your time or money to the “Year of Love”, click on here.
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