The James II Project | St. Louis Photographer

Walking into the basement of Arnold’s Salvation Army, you’re quickly met with pleasant aroma of food being prepared as The James II Project volunteers prepare a trial lunch. This lunch will allow other people from different organizations to meet together and see the vision Executive Director, Karin Kostich has for this special service. 

The James II Project’s mission “is to feed, encourage and restore those who are unhoused and underprivileged by providing nourishment, basic hygiene access and laundry access in order to provide dignity and a reprieve from the harshness of their everyday reality.” 

Their model is after James 2:15-17, “If a brother or a sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.”

As I met with this group I was instantly touched by their desire to give the people they reach dignity. Instead of easily serving lunch on paper products, Kostich made the decision to utilize real plates, bowls and cups, just one of the steps they took to restore dignity to those that are often marginalized. Kostich hopes that through these lunches, people would be connected with other organizations that can meet needs and restore dignity in other ways. 

The James II Project will serve lunch at The Salvation Army in Arnold on Tuesdays from 11:30-12:30.

The James II Project: Website | Facebook
Session Location: The Salvation Army | Arnold
Session Date: May 6, 2023

The James II Project volunteers and them serving lunch
Images of lunch
Images of volunteer cleaning dishes, drinks and Karin Kostich, executive director of The James II Project
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  1.!!! You have totally blessed my heart! Thank you so much for capturing moments that we will want to remember. God truly is moving and we were able to serve 27 people yesterday at our official public meal. 6 people sought counsel and received information for services they needed. To God be the Glory!!!

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