Homeless Gather for One Last Meal at Whitman Park
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. Each Sunday members of the community without a home have one place they can rely on, they enjoy a meal at Whitman Park. This is made possible through the work of one woman. However this Sunday's gathering was sobering. After organizing these lunches for nearly 18 years, this was Lori Meyer's last.
"I"m proud of the work I've done, I love the memories that I have," she said.
For nearly two decades Meyer has played a role in feeding the homeless every Sunday. She says each time she does it, God's love is being spread.
Milton Long, a homeless man who attends lunch every Sunday, said, "During rough weather, especially cold weather, people wake up alive Monday morning because they had a good meal Sunday afternoon."
Meyer has inspired others to put a piece of their own heart in the mission.
"I feel like God's calling me to do it for all these people," said one young volunteer.
While this is Myer's last time providing the Sunday meal, it may also be the last one the for the homeless. At this point, no one has stepped in to take over the Sunday lunches.
"I just hope someone would step in and do my job so they don't go hungry on Sundays," said Meyer.
"These people who come serve a picnic Sunday dinner, oh, they make all the difference," said Long.
"Like I said, don't worry about us, God will open a window," said one homeless man as he embraced Meyer.
She hopes someone in the community will find it in their heart to keep the Sunday meals alive.
"If the Christians out there are watching, can you please come together? And feed them on Sundays," Meyer said.
"Lori and her husband, well they've saved lives, they've been good," said Long.
The Meyers hope the goodness shared at Whitman Park each Sunday doesn't end with them.
Meyer says the job takes a lot of time and dedication to God, but is worth it in the end.
Anyone interested in helping can call Meyer at (970) 261-7299.