If one of your New Year's resolutions was to get involved in the community by serving others, a wonderful opportunity has presented itself.

The Boulware Mission on Wing Avenue has been serving Owensboro, Daviess County, and surrounding counties for more than 100 years. It began when Miss Milton Boulware, a school teacher, set out to create an establishment that would be used to feed the poor and give shelter to the homeless. Originally named the Gospel Center Mission, it was renamed the Boulware Mission in 1921.

In the 1930s, a soup kitchen that fed up to 300 people a day was set up, and by the 1950s, the mission had 32 rooms, was able to house transients, host prayer meetings and community programs, and provided kindergarten classes for poor children.

Today, Boulware Mission has grown far beyond its original scope:

Boulware Mission provides shelter services to displaced men as well as a long-term self-sufficiency program aimed at helping clients become independent, contributing members of the community. Boulware provides clients with 3 nutritious meals per day, snacks, emergency clothing, personal hygiene items, secure shelter, case management services, outreach, advocacy, and referrals to local and regional resources along with follow-up services. The self-sufficiency program includes financial literacy, referrals for GED tutoring, employment skills, and licensed substance abuse treatment.

And now, the Boulware Mission is reaching out in need of volunteers to help prepare and SERVE those meals to its residents.

Boulware Mission is looking for groups that would like to come in and prepare and serve meals for the clients once a month. If this is something your group is interested in email gestes@boulwaremission.org or call (270) 683-8267. This is an easy way to give back!

Additionally, on January 1st, the Boulware Mission posted a list of items that are currently needed at the shelter, and they made it easy to make those donations.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Clients are accepted for services without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, gender identity, disability, genetics, ancestry, or veteran status.

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