Sunday Dinners: Bringing the Family Table to the Streets
Pastor Josh Zulueta
Hi, I'm Pastor Josh Zulueta from First United Methodist Church of Paso Robles. In 2015, 42.1% of the homeless population in SLO County went without food at some point, and so, we’re addressing that with Sunday Dinners, our meal serving program. Every Sunday we serve a quality, home-cooked meal to the homeless and hungry from the ECHO Paso Robles Shelter. In addition to a meal, our goal is to provide the kind of connection and support that you'd find around a family dinner table. Paso Robles is the kind of city that prides itself on its community and friendly neighborhoods. Our welcoming and friendly volunteers make sure that that community and connection is extended to our neighbors who experience poverty and homelessness. Sunday Dinners started 5 years ago with serving meals to about 10 people in a dirt lot provided by Paso Cares and the City of Paso Robles. Now, Sunday Dinners serves nearly 100 meals weekly in partnerships with ECHO (El Camino Homeless Organization), the Salvation Army, and the SLO Food Bank at the ECHO Paso Robles Shelter. We also support our guests in prayer and follow up with them outside of Sunday Dinners. We hear often from our guests that Sundays are their favorite nights, both because of the high quality meals and the welcoming faces. Will you partner with us?