December 31, 2008

An Uptown Congregation Helps Out

Preston Bradley would be proud. Here's an article from this week's Chicago Tribune.

Christmas meal at the Peoples Church in Chicago gets Jewish synagogue's help
Volunteers from Temple Sholom serve food and holiday spirit to the needy

By Bonnie Miller Rubin | Tribune reporter
December 26, 2008

At 7:45 a.m., more than four hours before the doors opened, the line for a Christmas dinner snaked along Lawrence Avenue in Chicago.

On any other day, that might be a bit early to contemplate turkey and all the trimmings, but that didn't stop a muted crowd from queuing up at The Peoples Church, determined not to miss out on what might be their only yuletide gift.

"These are hard times . . . and a lot of folks just have nowhere else to go," said Isaac Barrantine, the meal coordinator at the church in the rapidly gentrifying Uptown neighborhood.

A few years ago, four or five shelters in the area fed the homeless, but now "we're the only place serving a meal within 35 blocks," he said...

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