It's touching to see community champions in an outreach to help others. With a walk down the street and a knock at the door, volunteers from the Charlotte Mecklenburg Dream Center deliver a smile, a meal and sometimes a prayer to neighbors and neighborhoods.
The coronavirus pandemic has reached every state. With the health challenges in the community, the outbreak has closed schools and businesses, and for many families, access to food and meals is problematic.
“The church community and the body of Christ is here to mobilize,” said Bo Frowine, executive director of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Dream Center.
Frowine and his team serve in the neighborhoods of J.T. Williams, Reid Park and Thomasboro through their adopt-a-block program.
“Our teams are committed to the families and people of these communities and believe that by faith, lives will be restored, healing will begin and hope will emanate,” Frowine said.
Last week, volunteers from the center have served 3,841 meals to these neighborhoods as well as an additional 160 meals in uptown Charlotte to people who don’t have a place to call home.
“Most people we serve don’t have transportation to get to some of the feeding spots like CMS schools, which serve breakfast and lunch,” Frowine said. “We are trying to help with the gap for dinner.”
Frowine said they are learning as they serve, and that the need is increasing every day, but that the Dream Center exists to give hope to those in seemingly hopeless situations.
As the group serves, they have found inspiration from those being served.
“When someone opens up their door, you can see that they are touched that someone cares enough to help,” Frowine said.
The Dream Center partners with businesses, nonprofit organizations and churches to offer services providing medical care, clothing, food, housing, training, discipleship and employment as part of the yearlong discipleship program.
“My hope for the community is that relationships are formed, the community is developed and that we bring a lot of love,” Frowine said. “I hope that these neighbors know that they have a God that loves them.”
The Dream Center plans to increase the amount of meals they will provide, and their volunteers will continue to work side-by-side with families and individuals and serve more hope, as well as a meal.
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