Success doesn’t mean acquiring more for ourselves. Experience shows it never brings true happiness. Success is found in community where kindness, not compensation, is the standard. On Halloween 2020, the stars aligned for the next phase of the WFPro project to begin.
As I stood on Detroit’s Kitchener Street in the bottomless pit of despair, it occurred to me that with just a little sacrifice, humility and humanity. my resources would go much further for the collective “we” than for the selfish “me”. That evening, I made a personal commitment to never save money, own land, homes, cars or buy frivolous gadgets again if I can avoid it. I decided to focus my resources on providing water and food, free of charge or hassle, to those in the community who are suffering. And so began the Water & Food Project.
Our hungry brothers and sisters in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood of Detroit, one of the most dangerous and impoverished in America, have now received over 200 warm home-cooked meals from four kitchens since we first served fresh banana and blueberry pancakes on Thanksgiving. There is no excuse for poverty in America when water, food and shelter are plentiful. We must remember that none of us are okay when our neighbors are suffering. We give because we can. We open kitchens because it’s the right thing to do.