SOME stands for So Others Might Eat. It is an interfaith community-based organization that exists to help the poor and homeless of Washington DC. They meet the immediate daily needs of the people by serving food, clothing and healthcare. They also break the cycle of homelessness by offering services, such as, affordable housing, jobs, training, addiction treatments, and counseling to the poor, the elderly and individuals with mental illness.
Early Saturday morning, January 19, 2019, ten (10) LESA DC Awesomes woke up bright and early and reported to SOME to offer volunteer services as Breakfast Servers to the Homeless from 6:30 am to 9:30 am. We (DC Awesomes) did this to satisfy our Chapter requirement of Community Philanthropy.
The weather that morning was strikingly bitter cold, with a threat of a hovering snow storm. Nonetheless, the LESA DC Awesomes were all smiles, all eager, and all poised to serve breakfast with love and warmth. Well-seasoned scrambled eggs, bacon, grits and bread were generously dished and ceremoniously served with a flowing pattern to over 500 people that morning, through 3 shifts of breakfast serving. Some Awesomes did additional tasks of re-setting the tables after each cycle of servings. All persons were served with a beautiful smile and a warm Good Morning.
We even had one of the homeless persons serenade us with a love song, “Lady in Red”! His voice sultry and husky filled the room with love and gratitude to us. We were opportuned to volunteer with two (2) other volunteers, a couple, who had just recently discovered their DNA roots to be from Cameroon. What a Divine Occurrence that was! We went to SOME to bless and ended up being the ones blessed by the variety of people, stricken by homelessness caused by mental illness or addiction. In each face, we could see the humanity in them, the vulnerability of their predicament, yet their willingness to embrace our services and express gratitude in their individual responses to our love.
We live in a world where we need each other. Our dedication to be philanthropic to our communities is truly stemmed on a pure humanitarian responsibility. Our prayer is that no matter what, we continue to strive to serve and give in volunteer services, in kindness, in love and in smiles to those in need wherever we live. That with time, we may be able to engage even more in Community Philanthropy, spreading ourselves to others in a great need in hope to transform lives through love and support.
The photos may not portray what a blessing this visit was for the DC Awesomes, but our hope is that in a way it gives you a glimpse of the love and humanity that despite all challenges and turmoil still exists in our communities and the world at large.