Dishes clattered over the low roar of laughter and conversation as more than 100 people packed into Under the Son Faith Community and Café for their weekly dinner.
The free church dinner served people coming from an array of situations and backgrounds. Some were families living in motels or staying with relatives who needed food. Others were elderly on fixed incomes looking for a place to meet other people.
A number of people simply made it a night out to gather with friends.
“It’s not just for homeless people, it’s for people who have the need. Maybe a family had a major car problem or something and just can’t afford groceries,” said Amy Kern-Smith, one of the organizers and pastor at A.C.T. Community. “We want them to come in, sit at a table, relax and be served.”