Helping Hands in Saint John’s Soup Kitchen, Newark NJ

9 Mar

Helping Hands

Onisha Ellis

Shake the World


I had high hopes that this week I would have a guest blogger to share what their community is doing to lend a helping hand to members of their community. Since that did not materialize, I decided to continue the series by contacting food pantries listed at For today, I found the St. John’s Soup Kitchen through Networked Blogs. Be sure to click the link above for St. Johns’s Soup Kitchen to read the About page. It appears to be a fantastic organization that  offers not only food, but medical care as well and is supported by free will donations.  I reblogged their post from February 12, 2016. I hope it touches your heart as it did mine –Onisha

What Would Jesus Do?

When I awoke this morning and being aware of the frigid temperatures coming upon us this weekend, I could not help thinking about our homeless brothers and sisters on the streets of Newark. As so on as I arrived at St. John’s I noticed our friends bundled up rushing to get their hot chocolate and quickly dispersing into warm shelter (Newark Penn Station). What would Jesus do? I asked myself.  I am sure Jesus would welcome them into his house, so I decided to open our church’s doors and allow them to eat their lunch in Jesus’ house. The staff and I quickly brainstormed how could this work best, and I have to tell you it made my heart happy. If you had been here, your heart would jump with joy as well to see our brothers and sister taking a break from the cold temperatures eating their lunch in a warm place and in good company, even if it was only for a little while. I think Jesus too was very happy to have had them as guests in his house.

Source: News& Events| Saint John’s Soup Kitchen, Newark NJ

If you have a story to share about your community or if you benefitted from a helping hand, I would like to share it. Leave a note in comments and I will contact you.

4 Responses to “Helping Hands in Saint John’s Soup Kitchen, Newark NJ”

  1. dianequicksilvernovels March 14, 2016 at 12:22 pm #

    I live is a very small town in rural Texas. The local churches are always doing something to help feed people, and a senior center has regular free food (or really cheap). There is not a “Helping Hands” program but plenty of people here helping.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Old Things R New March 14, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

      Anytime a community offers a helping hand is a helping hands moment!


  2. elysesalpeter March 14, 2016 at 7:43 am #

    I honestly think it’s “people” who can change the world. So many times people expect the government to be doing everything, but the one on one of a community can change so much for the good. Lovely that you support this cause.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Old Things R New March 14, 2016 at 9:20 am #

      I think it is people who can change things too and the change works both ways, the one receiving help and the one giving help.


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