Denison ministries daily feeding people to combat hunger with an increase in homelessness

Published: Aug. 24, 2018 at 6:23 PM CDT
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Several ministries that work with the homeless in Grayson County said they've seen an increase in the last few months.

They're helping not only the homeless, but those with homes struggling to put food on the table.

"Without this place, I'd be going hungry because my funds are stretched to the limit," said Paul Vamos, who attends meals at Center Cross Ministries.

"I would be hungry. Maybe I don't know, beg people for food sometimes," said Michelle Whitten, who also attends meals.

Vamos and Whitten eat meals at the red brick house on West Owings Street almost every day.

"They're a God send," Vamos said.

For two years now, Alan Bernard and his wife cook at Saint Lukes and bring the food to Center Cross Ministries for breakfast and lunch.

Monday through Friday, about 100 meals a day.

"Meeting people where they are, and loving people where they are," Bernard said.

Bernard said there are at least 30 homeless or in need within a 12 block radius.

"Some people get really hungry around town, some people don't know that or realize that," Whitten said.

"I think there is an increase also in the homeless population. I think we're seeing more new faces that fit into that," said St. Luke's rector Father Don Perscall.

Every Saturday Perschall serves a larger dinner at St. Luke's for almost 100 people, about a 42 percent increase since last year.

"Far surpassing what they see on an ongoing everyday basis," Perschall said.

Not all these people are homeless, some with homes just can't feed themselves or their families.

"It's something I look forward to. It's like a part of my everyday life now. It just means I'm blessed to be able to come here," Whitten said.

They're always in need of volunteers.

If you'd like to help with the weekly lunches or dinners, call Center Cross Ministries at 903-814-4587 or St. Luke's Episcopal Church.