Story reprinted from ELCA World Hunger
On any given Wednesday, you can find Lorna sharing food, friendship and respect at My Friends House, a ministry that grew out of Ascension Lutheran Church in Los Angeles, California. “I come to My Friends House when I need to provide for my family. I know that there I will be treated with respect and dignity. No one there is judging me!” exclaims a client. Lorna is 66 years old. She has been serving with My Friends House for the past 15 years.
The ministry started out by providing bread to the hungry in the area, but Lorna is always looking for opportunities. Under her care, the ministry has built valuable partnerships with the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, as well as with local grocery stores and restaurant chains to provide fresh produce and other special foods to people in need.
Lorna has participated in several ELCA World Hunger trainings. She says that it is her heart, passion and commitment to human dignity that keep her in this work — even as she retired last year. “She insists upon treating everyone with respect,” says Tempie Beaman, current board chair and incoming volunteer interim executive director. “She is always available for prayer and provides a caring, loving and faithful experience.”
In the words of another regular client of My Friends House who is also a friend of Lorna, “I don’t feel like I am getting a ‘hand out,’ but a helping hand.”
Lead by Lorna’s passion, My Friends House provided 34,378 pounds of food to 10,543 people from January to July 2011. Your gifts to ELCA World Hunger support My Friends House and hundreds of projects like it here in the United States and around the world.
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