Basically unheard of, churches working together; despite differences in beliefs and worship.
The Franklin Avenue Diner idea, sprung from several churches that worked throughout the Summer, to clean up and prune vacant and abandoned properties; on the Eastside of Flint.
The number varies, some say 12 churches are involved, but the latest update gives 10+. An amazing effort on behalf of parishioners, to enhance their own lives by serving the community. Many volunteers have connections to Flint’s Eastside; be it growing up here, or family still here. A volunteer usually sits at each table, offering a meal prayer and a listening ear; for possible needs that could be met.
Coffee, Hot Chocolate, and Lemonade are ready when you arrive; sometimes a salad on the table, sometimes fruit. The food is very palatable, hot and appetizing. Several serving stations are set up and waiting is minimal if at all.
Often, if not always!, over 100 people are served, and at 5:00 pm, this is a welcome hot meal for many who might go to bed hungry. Leftovers are boxed and sent home with needy families, with no hesitation; the goal-no leftovers! No waste!
No Baloney sandwich here! Each meal is meat, potato, vegetable and a dessert; coleslaw or tossed salad also.
Dinners are on Tuesday and Thursday, with an after school room for the kids starting at 3:00 pm, flowing into dinner at 5:00.
Recently a cloths closet was added, and happy satisfied faces, smile, as they carry off various items to supplement warmth! Items donated by the members of the 9+ churches.
Often music and uplifting stories and anecdotes are presented prior to dinner. The community seems to be uplifted and benefiting, the genuine level of caring demonstrated by the volunteers, is obvious.
Medical professionals have stopped in. Water donations are available, and filters; and with the plan to continue and expand the effort, surely more to come in the future.
So who are these amazing people?
- New Life
- St. Paul’s of Lapeer
- Hope of Linden
- St. Paul’s of Flint
- St. Mark
- St. Lorenz
If someone was missed, it will be promptly updated, this is all about recognizing this wonderful act of team work, and unconditional love.
The Franklin Avenue Diner is located at the corner of Bennett and Franklin; previously the Calvalry Church and Eastside mini station.