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2017-02-15 / News
NOTICE: House of Kindness shuttered
The House of Kindness will suspend its mission of feeding the hungry on Feb. 28. The House of Kindness is a ministry partnership of Hope House and First Baptist Church of Oneonta. Since its inception, it has been dedicated to feeding people in the area who are chronically underfed. The partnership operated originally using a house located behind and across the alley from First Baptist as a dining room, with the church kitchen preparing the food. When that building was dismantled and moved, the dining area was simply relocated to the basement fellowship hall at First Baptist, where it has operated since. Now, the ministry has expanded to the point that up to 150 people are being served daily. It has outgrown the facilities, food storage capacity, other scheduled activities, and manpower required to sustain it.
“People are still hungry and need to be fed, and we want to continue when we’re able,” said Hope House director Bud Jones, “but we can’t until we find a suitable space that can be dedicated to the same concept, but on a larger scale.” He said the main need is for another building located in the same area – walking distance of downtown Oneonta – with adequate space for both a dining area and kitchen. An existing building with a kitchen would be ideal, but a building with sufficient space to add a kitchen might do as well, depending on circumstances, he said. He said another problem is that a number of activities like food acquisition, delivery, preparation and other aspects are being handled by one person with little or no backup. That must be remedied for the feeding effort to continue long term, he said.
“I’m putting out a call for anyone who can help us solve this problem and keep feeding people who need it,” Jones said. “Keep in mind the main thing we’ve got to have is a place,” he said, “plus whatever it takes to turn it into a sustainable humanitarian effort. We’ve been working on this for awhile, but we still need a breakthrough from a person or agency with a heart to help meet this need.”