Iris Hines and her husband lost their home in the flood of 2011. With little left to do but wait, Iris decided to join members of her church and volunteer time at the Community Kitchen.
“It really touched my heart,” Iris says. “I fell in love that first day and I have been coming here ever since.”
Iris is a familiar face around the Community Kitchen. She volunteers every Monday and fills in for Executive Director, Sally Michelson, from time to time.
“That lady is an absolute angel,” Iris says. “She is one of God’s special people. She really is. There will never be another one like her.”
The admiration between Sally and Iris is mutual.
“I don’t know what we’d do without Iris,” Sally says. “She’s part of our family now.”
While Iris spends much of her time working in the kitchen each week, she has taken on a special project that has grown near and dear to her heart these days. Because the transportation opportunities in Paducah are very limited for the under privileged, the Community Kitchen coordinates a program that gives guests of the kitchen a bicycle that can be used for personal transportation.
“Getting bicycles for the homeless has been my major passion and ministry down here,” Iris says. “Last year we gave away 19 bicycles. That’s been a big help to a lot of our homeless.”
If you’d like to be part of the work that Iris is doing at the Community Kitchen you can donate a bicycle. Bikes must be new, or gently used and in good working condition. Contact Iris for details at 270.853.5227. If you would like to volunteer at The Community Kitchen, please contact Sally Michelson at 270.575.3400.