KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- When Alice Piggee-Wallack moved into a Midtown neighborhood ten years ago, what she saw needed changing. Drug Addiction Homelessness. Prostitution. So she got to work and opened True Light Ministry.
Volunteers went from serving about 60 people breakfast on Saturdays, to feeding up to 300.
The ministry has way outgrown its apartment-sized kitchen. So Saturday they started a much needed expansion.
Jim Glynn never misses a Saturday morning in the kitchen there. "We have a good breakfast. Scrambled eggs, sausage pancakes."
But the kitchen seems to have shrunk as the need has grown. "We laughingly call this a two rear-end kitchen," said Glynn.
"I did not know we would need a new kitchen this desperately. I didn't know the programs would expand the way they have," Piggee-Wallack said.
True Light does more than just draw a crowd on Saturday mornings.
"Everyday women and children are fed a balanced lunch here and that is why we need this kitchen," she added.
They serve homeless women and children throughout the week. And they house up to five women in their shelter called Freedom House.
Now slowly, True Light is illuminating the community around it.
"There was drug activity and prostitution," Piggee-Wallack said. "When you embrace those people and say 'you are better than that', and you love those people, and speak into their lives, they start to hear you."
So Saturday, right after breakfast, the long time volunteer cook was presented with a golden sledge hammer. With an inscription by the director that read "We knock down walls, don't we?"
And then they all took turns expanding the kitchen, so that True Light can spend the next decade serving and changing, even more.
If you would like to learn more, or make a donation, check out the True Light website.