Guest Spotlight: Daniel

06.12.21 | Food for the Soul

The past year has been challenging for all our guests at the Soup Kitchen, especially those that are unhoused. We recently sat down with Daniel, a senior citizen and long-time Soup Kitchen who lives on the streets. Our team asked Daniel how he was doing and he told us: “I’m just so tired… no one really seems to understand when I say that. But it’s hard, living like this. I’m so tired, all of the time.”  

Guests like Daniel struggle to find places to rest – bouncing from church awnings to parks and everywhere in between looking for shelter. The only thing that allows him to rest right now, even for a little while, is the sleeping bag that he carries in a pillowcase, along with his other belongings.  

When it rains, resting is especially hard. Daniel tries his best to find covered awnings where he can stay dry, but otherwise, he’s forced to stay in cold, wet clothes for days, risking catching pneumonia.  

Daniel is celebrating 37 years of sobriety this year. Now that he feels he has a handle on his sobriety, he’s very conscious of taking care of his health, especially when is comes to food. “Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen is a blessing,” he said, explaining that our daily meal service is the only place he can access a healthy meal.   

We’ve launched a Virtual Food Drive to ensure that Daniel, and all our guests, have access to healthy food this summer. Donations to our Virtual Food Drive help us provide well-rounded meals – we make sure that every meal we give out has enough calories for a full day, and our chef cooks with whole grains, fresh produce, and quality protein.  

Click here to host your own Virtual Food Drive or to donate to this campaign.  

Sarah Marcantonio

Sarah Marcantonio

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