Stories from the Basement

Stories from the Basement August 2021

Have you ever been hungry? Seriously hungry? So hungry you would eat anything put before you? Some of our clients are actually able to answer yes to those questions! Last Tuesday a young woman came to us for services and she had nothing. She was 18 years old, her Mother without any warning told her she was old enough to be on her own, and kicked her out. Now the agency has assisted enough people over time to know there is always more to the story than what we hear but, this girl did not appear to be mentally unstable except for the trauma she recently experienced. Her eyes never left the ground and it was obvious she had other recent trauma as well. We were able to refer her to services that were geared specifically for youth like her but, it took time to get her served. When lunch was ready to be served she ate ravenously. At the end of the day with several hours before the other agency was to help her, she was offered more food. Her eyes lit up and her answer was an adamant “Yes, Please”.

HOPE, Inc. started to serve lunch from 10:30 am until 1 pm every Tuesday and Thursday in July and have fed over 250 different people, ages 13 to 68 years old. Some have said that it’s the only meal of their day. There are other agencies in town who provide food but, they are located in other areas of Salisbury. In the current heat and weather some of the clients can’t or won’t walk to those facilities. If you, your church, organization, office, or friends are moved to help us feed the hungry please contact HOPE, Inc. at 443-944-5279.