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Soup Kitchen Takes Goodwill On The Road

Because He Lives Ministries, temporarily closed down due to plumbing problems, gets innovative to feed the city's hungry.

Through the Christian ministry, "Because He Lives," the Woonsocket Soup Kitchen has been open to the public for what will soon be 25 years. Unfortunately, due to major plumbing problems within First Baptist Church, which as built in 1890, both the sanctuary and the basement (the location of the soup kitchen) are now off limits to the public.  

Pat Dempsy, however, who has kept the soup kitchen going for a quarter of a century, is not about to let anything get in the way of the ministry.   She and Bob Simmons, along with the rest of the crew at Because He Lives Ministries, have managed to continue feeding the homeless and the hungry of Woonsocket.

While the cooking is still, for the time being, done in the church kitchen, the food is brought out. The van is loaded up with hot food, muffins, bread, drinks, plates and utensils and driven to the WWII Veteran's Memorial Park on Social Street. The decision to bring the food to the people was made approximately three weeks ago. Although at first the crowd was small, through word of mouth the news has spread and many of the same folks who knew one another from the church are now meeting at the park. 

They all know one another, and care about each other; they eat together, talk together, and encourage one another.  One gentleman, Tom Lowe, recently donated $1,000 to the soup kitchen to use as they saw fit.

"Pat has fed me through many winters, and it's time I gave something back," said Lowe.

The crowd of people at WWII Park were in joyful spirits while they waited in line for their hot lunch. (Today's main course: Shephards Pie!) They sat at the picnic tables, and picked up where they had left off. 

The van arrives at the park daily between 1 p.m.-2 p.m.

Carol Wilson-Allen May 11, 2011 at 03:48 PM
God Bless, Pat Dempsy and her team and blessings to Tom Lowe for his generous donation to the cause of feeding those in need. May God always open the the windows of heaven to meet the need of the people through your awesome service and Ministry.
Another Concerned Taxpayer May 12, 2011 at 02:20 AM
Though this organization has good intentions, but this only feeds into an already problematic situation. On any given day one can stroll into the park to hang out with any one of the dozen of intoxicated outstanding citizens. Now they don't even have to leave to get food. Maybe someone can deliver additional alcohol and maybe some mattresses for them to sleep on too.
Amber May 12, 2011 at 07:38 PM
God Bless Pat and the rest of the crew at Because He Lives ministiries!!!!! With so many people losing their jobs and the Department of Human Services being limited in their capacity to help it's wonderful to hear about organizations such as this helping those who are less fortunate!!!!!! God Bless and may the Lord continue to smile upon you and help you find the resources to help those who are less fortunate then those of us who are the lucky one!!!!!
Carol Wilson-Allen May 13, 2011 at 03:06 PM
@ Another Concern Taxpayer, have you ever gone to the park and spoken to any of these intoxicated individuals, to hear there story. You may think differently about your comment if you did. But, by the grace of God, its not you or myself, who are homeless. See, we can't take our blessings for granted. We all have a choice in life and some of them, may have made some bad choices in life and some may have chosen to stay in their pain and suffering, but those of us, that have chosen to live better, can reach out and give hope to those who haven't. Yes, the choice is there's to make, and yet we can still show compassion. You may not be a spiritual person, but I am. I know that Jesus died to give us life and hope. He is believers primary example on how we to reach out to those in need. May God bless you and touch "your mind and heart" to be a loving example within your community to those in need in a positive, helpful and encouraging manner.

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