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.