“Soup for Souls” puts turkey on poverty’s table

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (November 8, 2015)–In 2009, Chad Fulkerson admits he was drug and alcohol addicted and sleeping on his mother’s porch and, by his own account, not much good to anybody.

Then light bulb went on, on that very porch, and Fulkerson said he prayed and immediately sobered up and found his way to Cityview Church where he is now a pastor in charge of bringing men like him in off the streets.

Sunday evening, Fulkerson and the man who helped save his life, Pastor Tim McNamee, ladled out “Soup for Souls”, an annual fundraiser to support the church’s holiday giving.

“We’ll have a soup dinner together and then it would cost you about a buck and nickel if you had to pay for this dinner,” said McNamee, “just soup and a cup of tea, and then we ask people to donate the difference between the meal they’re having tonight and what they’re going to put on their own Thanksgiving table.

“Last year we raised $14,000. That helped us provide Thanksgiving for about 250 families and Christmas for about a hundred kids.”

McNamee said in three days his church registered 150 families for turkey dinners.

Cityview, and its partner churches from across the metro area and throughout central Indiana, ministers to the homeless and substance addicted and families broken by poverty.

“The Winhouse that we’re getting ready to open for single moms and their children is birthed out of the need that we see that these women are raising the kids,” said McNamee. “87% of all urban kids grow up in a fatherless home so the moms, the grandmas, the aunts are taking care of most of the weight and we want to take some of that load off of them.”

Fulkerson has been clean living since 2009 and oversees six formerly homeless men trying to straighten out their lives.

“I learned I couldn’t do it on my own,” he said. “I knew I needed new rules and a whole new makeup brought into my life that I didn’t quite understand.

“Its not all about me. It has to be about others also and I can make it.”

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