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February 4th, 2011 at 03:39 am

My DH and I volunteer some at the Lord's Diner. It is a free "restaurant" for our community's homeless people. The building is relatively new and the decor is nice. Each evening there is a cafeteria line of good food including dessert. We call the patrons' guests and it is a cheery, nice place to eat.

Among the guests there are many stereotypical homeless people...mostly men probably with alchohol and/or drug problems and also mental ill people, as a few years back our state made the "wonderful" decision to close our state hospitals which put many mentally ill people on the streets.

Surprisingly, though, a lot of our guests have jobs at local fast good restaurants or machine shops. They probably make little more than minimum wage and they use dinner at the Lord's Diner to stretch their meager budgets. At the first of the month the diner serves 300 people and the number doubles near the end of the month because it's so far from payday. There are also many families, and a separate family wing was added recently as we are getting more and more families.

It's easy to say everyone should just get out there and get a job, but many very deserving people really can't accomplish that or they can only find a job making very little money. For example, one of our diners was very severely burned and no one will hire him.

Working at The Lord's Diner reminds me that we always need to remember those who are less fortunate as we as a society really are their only protection...no amount of positive thinking will change that or their situations. For many, many people life is hard. The Bible says the poor will be with us always. Unfortunately, I think that's true.

7 Responses to “Lord's Diner...”

  1. CB in the City Says:

    Thank you for your post. We all need reminders that most of us live relatively easy lives and we forget to count our blessings!

  2. SavingsQueen Says:

    CB, you are so right. While we are watching our dollars, some people don't even have pennies.

  3. laura Says:

    Amen to both my sisters above!

  4. North Georgia Gal Says:

    You are such a great person to volunteer there.

  5. Ima saver Says:

    What a nice thing to do!!

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Great post. Thank you for your service to humankind!

  7. mjrube94 Says:

    You're a good person, SavingsQueen. Thanks for sharing. Good goes around...

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