The Sunday Breakfast Mission started over a hundred years ago with one small objective – get tramps off the street and into church.
Founded in 1893 by the Christian Endeavor Society of Wilmington, today, the mission is still faith-based. But its purpose has grown well beyond preaching to and feeding homeless and jobless men in Delaware.
In 2010, this charity served more than 200,000 meals to hungry men, women and children and provided shelter for close to 300 people. The numbers aren’t in for 2011 but an educated guess says they went up.
Many people still think that missions like this one serve what some consider the “dregs” of society, homeless, jobless, alcoholics or drug users who are only interested in free handouts. Delaware Online TV found that the people who come to The Sunday Breakfast Mission may be down on their luck but they’re also people just like you and me.
Many of The Sunday Breakfast Mission’s clients are victims of today’s economy. As layoffs rise and unemployment runs out, the need for and the work of this mission continue to grow.
Reverend Thomas Laymon, President and CEO, is the driving force behind the mission but he has a significant team of people — employees and volunteers – who help get the work done, work that has expanded well beyond providing food and shelter.
Today, this community-based charity offers job training, educational assistance, healthcare, parenting and life skills training and more.
These are the tangible services the The Sunday Breakfast Mission provides. The intangible given to everyone, no matter what their story, is hope.
That’s why this operation is on my list of people who are helping to change the world, one person, one child, one family at a time.
If you know someone who is working to make a difference in the world, please let me know! I would love to share their work and thank them for their effort.