Fam­ily brings new soup kitchen to In­dian Head

Maryland Independent - - News - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: Tif­fIndyNews

A lo­cal Wal­dorf fam­ily is on their own mis­sion to help end hunger and home­less­ness in Charles County, one hot meal at a time.

Ar­line Arnold and Clarence Arnold, founders of The Arnold House, will open The Arnold House Soup Kitchen at Metropoli­tan United Methodist Church in In­dian Head on April 27. The soup kitchen will be open ev­ery Wed­nes­day, as part of a grow­ing move­ment in Charles County to feed and pro­vide hot meals to those in need.

The Arnold House is a lo­cal grass­roots or­ga­ni­za­tion ded­i­cated to rais­ing aware­ness of hunger and home­less­ness in South­ern Mary­land. The Arnold Fam­ily founded The Arnold House in Sept. 2015. Ev­ery Sun­day, the Arnolds, as well as their ded­i­cated vol­un­teers, cook hot meals at their home in Wal­dorf and serve it in to-go boxes to the camps of peo­ple liv­ing in the wooded ar­eas all over Charles County.

“I didn’t grow up for­tu­nate and my grand­mother al­ways be­lieved that food is the cure for all things,” Ar­line said. “I refuse to al­low hunger and home­less­ness to be an epi­demic in our county when we are all so blessed, so The Arnold House is join­ing forces with mem­bers of the com­mu­nity to put an end to hunger in the county.”

Ar­line and her hus­band, Clarence, who is also a board mem­ber at lo­cal soup kitchen Our Place Wal­dorf at Good Shep­herd United Methodist Church in Wal­dorf, have made it their mis­sion to fight hunger in South­ern Mary­land by part­ner­ing with pub­lic and pri­vate or­ga­ni­za­tions, lo­cal busi­nesses, and churches within the com­mu­nity.

On April 6, a meet­ing was held at Metropoli­tan United Methodist Church in In­dian Head to make plans for the open­ing of The Arnold House Soup Kitchen to serve the In­dian Head and nearby com­mu­ni­ties.

Metropoli­tan United Methodist Church Mis­sion’s Min­istry Chair Sheila My­ers, and the Rev. Ge­orge E. Hackey Jr. said they have been try­ing to cre­ate ef­fec­tive ways for their church to as­sist the home­less and the op­por­tu­nity to work with The Arnold House couldn’t have come at a bet­ter time.

“We are just so amazed at what Ar­line can do with­out any gov­ern­ment fund­ing and with mainly the sup­port of the com­mu­nity and peo­ple who have found out about her or­ga­ni­za­tion on Face­book,” My­ers said. “Ar­line shows oth­ers that help­ing the home­less is some­thing we should be do­ing, not just as dis­ci­ples of Christ, but as a com­mu­nity as a whole.”

The Arnold House Soup Kitchen in In­dian Head plans to feed 60-80 peo­ple ev­ery Wed­nes­day night from 5 to 8 p.m. with a meal, dessert, and food bags for peo­ple to take food with them when they leave.

Hackey said the Metropoli­tan UMC refers to Ar­line as, “the Mother Theresa of the home­less in Charles County,” be­cause of her pas­sion to help the home­less seven days a week.

“Matthew 25 says we are sup­posed to feed the hun­gry and clothe the naked and take care of those who are sick, so it’s im­por­tant that the church go be­yond the church walls,” Hackey said. “I be­lieve that with word of mouth as well as Ar­line and her vol­un­teers be­ing re­mark­able at what they do, then we can ex­pand to hav­ing a soup kitchen at dif­fer­ent churches each day of the week.”

The Arnold Fam­ily is cur­rently seek­ing vol­un­teers who are just as pas­sion­ate about end­ing hunger in the com­mu­nity. For more in­for­ma­tion about how to part­ner, spon­sor or join the cause, email help@thearnold­house.org.

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