FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – For abounding who are homeless, anniversary day can be an alien about area to acquisition the abutting meal. In Fort Worth, three times a month, there is at atomic one certainty: home-cooked aliment served on the streets with a ancillary of love.
“We’ve got 10 pounds of rice, eight pounds of peas and carrots. Now we accept rice pilaf,” explained Pam Casey.
Oven-baked chicken, bottled water, bootleg lemonade, craven bloom sandwiches and added abandon annular out the spread, prepared by a scattering of volunteers.
The aliment that Casey cooks up in her kitchen could augment a large, continued family. That is how she thinks of the bodies who band up on East Presidio Artery in Fort Worth. “I alarm them my family. That’s what I feel like they are. We’re all God’s children. They’ve aloof had some adverse circumstances,” she said.
It began aftermost summer: hot dogs and bottled water, arranged up at home and delivered to those who don’t accept one.
“As abundant as they charge food, they charge somebody to affliction about them, somebody who is absorbed in them, somebody to allocution to them and absolutely accord them some hope,” added Bob Silverman, Casey’s husband. “That comes with the name — Hot Dogs and Hope.”
The basal accoutrement that Casey and Silverman, and a scattering of added volunteers, aboriginal handed out to a few dozen bodies acquired into article like a cafe spread. Volunteers now serve hundreds of commons every added weekend in Fort Worth’s Near Eastside.
The commons augment bellies, and souls. “It relieves a lot of burden off of us actuality homeless,” said Kenneth Woolfolk.
Woolfolk has lived off and on the streets for abounding years, he explained. One day, he encountered the accumulation from Hot Dogs and Hope. “I was aloof advancing bottomward the artery and they said, ‘Hey, sir, you appetite a hotdog?’ I said, ‘Yeah, perfect.’ They said, ‘You appetite a prayer?’ I said, ‘Yes, sir,’” Kenneth recalled.
Woolfolk said that the aftermost allotment — the adoration — leaves him activity abounding of hope. “My achievement for the approaching is to get me an apartment, a little job, and get off the streets. And again appear aback to the streets to serve the bodies of the streets,” he said.
That is all the advance that Casey needs. “It makes my affection happy. It aloof makes me smile,” she said.
Hot Dogs and Achievement is consistently attractive for added volunteers. The accumulation meets every added Saturday and one Sunday a ages on East Presidio Street.