Last week a mom came into Threads, and she was loaded down with troubles. Said she needed help and really didn’t know where to start. Of course, right away I think she’s hungry! Where to start? We started with clothes.
When she left, I wondered where that family would share their lunch today. NOTE: Below is a fictionalized “list”, a piece of prose, names and food groups have been changed to protect the Vegans. I do hope it helps you to enjoy every meal just that much more. Written by me for False Magazine 2008.
Sunday –Dinner: 8 PM (must attend chapel services)
-tonight it will rain-
Atlanta City Baptist Rescue Mission: 316 Peters St.
Patty melts, calloused hands, egg salad, fried okra, goulash, poor excuses, separate doors, baby back ribs and sweet tea. Sliced apples, will I be late?
Monday – Lunch: 11 AM (homeless women and children only)
– best soup in town-
Atlanta Urban Ministry: 458 Ponce de Leon Ave.
Watermelon, collards, wet broom, grape jelly, old business, broken heart, scrambled eggs, bananas, biscuits, tacos, turkey wings and iceberg lettuce with no shredded carrot topped with French.
Tuesday – Breakfast: 7 AM (no restrictions)
-stained coffee cups rattle when unloaded from the dishwasher-
Rock Church of Atlanta: 638 Glenwood Ave.
American cheese on white, vets, green dish soap, link sausage, soft napkins, apple butter, buttermilk pancakes, Out of Order, peaches in syrup. Red Velvet Cake, pizza, foil pans with black edges, hamburgers, graham crackers, white bean soup, bacon, scalloped potatoes missing limbs and corn on the cob.
Wednesday – Dinner: 6 PM (following church service)
-solid preaching behind a soft voice-
Safehouse Outreach: 89 Ellis St.
Bed rolls, wafer cookies, bad manners, baked beans, nappy head, sliced tomatoes, suicidal, broccoli, grits, squash casserole, rice and peas, chop suey, good Christian ladies, beets, moon pies, long line and bread sticks.
Thursday – Dinner: 4 PM (verification of homeless/needy status)
-strangers off Greyhound-
Community Concerns: 276 Decatur St.
Spaghetti, chicken fried steak, no cell phones, chicken fingers, smiling Miss Donna, granola bars, stained aprons, corn muffins, one too many, tuna fish sandwich, volunteers, white gravy, light headed, macaroni and cheese and touched by an angel.
Friday – Hours vary (must be homeless)
-gold dome shines-
Crossroads Community Ministries: 420 Courtland St.
Coffee, brownies, salmon patty on a biscuit, suspicious persons, pretzels, red juice, creamed corn, pickles, cousins, Aunt Jamima syrup, butter pad, egg rolls and hot dog tongs. Chicken soup, pork chops, hash browns and hang over.
Saturday – Breakfast: 10:30 AM (no restrictions)
-police on horseback-
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church: 48 MLK Drive
Children should be swimming today or playing marbles or jacks, their mothers laughing and told they are beautiful while the daddys catch fish and feel proud.