Volunteers take action to feed the homeless in Norfolk

Posted at 1:47 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 23:18:51-04

THREE DAYS A WEEK, the Norfolk Catholic Workers meet at Scared Heart Catholic Church in Ghent. — NORFOLK, Va. - News 3 went with Norfolk Catholic Workers as they continued to feed the homeless Tuesday.

Three days a week, the group meets at Scared Heart Catholic Church in Ghent.

They said the church lets them use their kitchen to make breakfast for the homeless.

The group gathers at 6 a.m., makes the food, loads up their cars and drives a few blocks to distribute it.

They said the volunteers are taking precautions as the coronavirus is a constant concern.

They are wearing gloves and masks, and older volunteers are told to stay home.

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"We have encouraged anyone that’s in a high-risk category or anyone caring for someone high-risk don’t come out. We’re making do with what we have with the people we have. We are bare bones right now," said Catholic Worker organizer Kim Williams.

"They’re putting themselves at risk coming out here," said Mark Kelly, who is homeless, "even with masks and gloves. They’re still at risk, but they still come out to support the homeless."

He said it is difficult being out on the streets, especially with the library, mall and other locations being closed. He said those are locations where they can escape the weather.

Kelly says he is grateful for the help the group provides him.

Organizers said they want more done to protect this vulnerable group of people.

They said they will continue to help them.

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