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Donor Volunteers at Fellowship Soup Kitchen

Jannet, a monthly Fellowship donor from California, recently made her first trip to Israel, where she volunteered at Fellowship-supported Carmei Ha’ir soup kitchen in Jerusalem along with Fellowship staff member Michael Seiler, who offered this recap of their visit:As we walked to the soup kitchen, I explained that it was purposely located in a neighborhood near the center of town. The original elderly residents have been impacted by the rising cost of living and are desperately in need of The Fellowship’s aid.We arrived at the soup kitchen just before lunch and saw the long lines forming as the people eagerly waited for what would clearly be their most nourishing meal of the day. The faces of the elderly spoke for themselves. One of the kitchen's regular patrons, who used to live in the neighborhood but was forced to move to an outlying area because she couldn’t pay the rising rent, confirmed what I had told Jannet about the gentrification problem. Jannet was moved to tears upon hearing her story.Jannet was extremely impressed by the dignified setting of the kitchen. I let her know that everyone working in the kitchen is a volunteer, so all Fellowship funds go towards food. She could see and smell the quality and freshness of the food.Jannet didn't rest for a moment during the hour and 15 minutes that Carmei Ha'ir is filled with a non-stop turnover of needy people. Whether serving food or clearing plates, she was constantly on the go. In her words, "This place sure is busy!” She didn't always understand what the people were asking for, but I was there to translate. She did, however, understand the people’s smiles and words of thanks.Jannet was extremely grateful that we were able to give her the ability to help "those who can't help themselves." She said, "I'm so happy to see The Fellowship's work with my own eyes.”

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