Publisher’s note: The following story appeared in the current issue of the Mountlake Terrace High School student newspaper, The Hawkeye. We are reprinting the first few paragraphs here with a link to the entire story, written by news editor Will Khadivi.
On a chilly night in early autumn, about 60 people gathered in the basement of a Mountlake Terrace church to chat with friends, have a hot meal and seek shelter from the cold.
The Bethesda Lutheran Church has been holding these free dinners once a week for five years. They are open to anyone and draw a diverse crowd from the Mountlake Terrace Senior Center next door, families with young children and homeless persons who live throughout South Snohomish County.
“I would say a dozen to 15 or 16 people that we know [who come to the weekly dinner] are living in the woods or on the streets,” Pastor Malcolm Brown said. “Then there are those families that just need help. Every now and then we know of people who are living in their cars.”
You can read the rest of the story here.