Stories of Strength: St. Benedict’s Chapel
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - A heart for the homeless. That describes Karen Bosscher, who is a volunteer and board member with St. Benedict’s Chapel. Kurt Kiser sat down with Bosscher, who is this month’s “Story of Strength” recipient.
The Chapel came to be in 2007 with a mission to provide free meals and spiritual support for Lubbock’s poor and homeless. Father Barry Ferguson was the founder.
“We serve not just the homeless, but the food-insecure, and people that are working, but they may not have enough money to buy gas, pay the electric bill and then eat,” Bosscher said. “We have families that are coming now we’re serving six people, four people on a regular basis.”
“I have friends that I consider to be good friends that are homeless people, that I get to see when they come and get their food. My feeling has always been: If I can feed them, then I know that their stomach is full, and if we can talk to them, I know that their soul is full. And that’s what we do. That’s what we try very hard to do every day of the week,” she said.
St. Benedict’s Chapel is more than just a “soup kitchen”. Volunteers look to improve the visitors’ lives in many different ways.
“We have clothes that they can come in, and they can take the clothes that they need. In the wintertime we have clothing drives, we have jacket drives, we have scarves. I mean, whatever we can scrounge up from anywhere, we we will hand everything out,” Bosscher said.
“I’ve had people contact me, whose mothers and fathers have passed away. They don’t know what to do with their clothing. Bring it down, we’ll sort through it and decide what we can keep and decide what we can’t keep and, you know, donate that out to the people that come.”
Several Lubbock churches and businesses have specific nights that they serve. The mission at St. Benedicts has shown Karen what a giving community Lubbock has.
“The people of Lubbock have been some of the warmest and most giving people that I have ever met, and I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else but here, because I don’t know where we would be able to come up with the kind of donations and the kind of love that has been shown to us.”
To learn more about the organization, visit www.stbenedictslubbock.org.
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