* There are many organizations and groups offering food to the homeless. Some provide food every day. Some, like SS, offer 1 meal a week. Some offer meals once a month. To our knowledge, SS is the only organization that sets up tables and chairs on the sidewalk, pushes Motown, Soul and R&B out big speakers and shares an hour and 15 minutes visiting with people at each site. As important as the food and clothing we provide are, they are secondary to the real heart of the program:
sharing friendship with the people we serve and other volunteers and establishing relationships that continue from week to week.
* Our 1 meal a week will not keep anyone alive, physically. Yet, some of the people we serve have told us that we are the best friends they have. That statement actually says very little about us. But it does say a lot about the friendships they don't have and don't experience throughout the week. It helps explain why sometimes people cry when we leave.
* Together with the people we serve, we create a culture that exists only in the times and places where we serve on Sunday nights. It is a culture where hugging is normal behavior. It may sound trite, but we really believe that hugs are better than drugs. The people we serve are awash in drugs all week long, but they come early and stay late on Sunday nights. Some people tell us the hugs they get from us are the only hugs they get all week. Some people come, get their hugs and go without taking any food or clothes.
Sunday Suppers feeds the less fortunate of Washington, D.C. at 4th and K Streets NW and 11th and N Streets NW each Sunday at 6:00pm. Come volunteer!
Sunday Suppers has been serving up food, friendship and fellowship to the Washington, DC community since 1990. Sunday Suppers is:
* a diverse group of people who want to make the world a better place, one personal visit at a time.
* several races, ethnicities and generations
* not affiliated with any specific church, although most of us belong to some organized religion - our members have included Protestants, Catholics, Jews, Hindus, Moslems and Eastern religions
* a group of people who gather every Sunday night to reach out to homeless men, women and children on the streets of Washington, DC, offering hot meals, clothes and, most importantly, friendship.
While we do serve meals and distribute clothing, our true mission is to establish friendships and build relationships with the people that we serve.