PINEVILLE, La. (KALB) - Arthur Mitchell is a volunteer cook at the Main Street Mission in Pineville. He once came to the Mission as a man who had fallen on hard times.
“I was doing things that I didn’t need to be doing,” Mitchell says. “And I heard a voice that said, "You’re going to be alright." And I said it's time for a change. I started coming here and I started working here, cooking in the kitchen.”
Arthur has several years of experience with cooking. He was once a part of the LSU (Baton Rouge) and Louisiana College cooking staff, but he says this brings him more joy than anything else.
Mitchell and volunteers from various churches in Cenla devote their time each week to make sure the less fortunate have a good meal.
“Provide them with a meal every day, and a spiritual meal,” Director Michael Mayeaux says. “We try to share the word of God with them.”
In addition to the food they serve, volunteers distribute clothes and shoes to people who need them. They also assist people in getting picture identification job applications.
Before each day, Mayeaux and the volunteers pray for a successful day of outreach. Their Christian faith is the center of what they do for people each day.
“It's just a way to give back to the Lord what he's given to me,” Mayeaux says.
Having people like Arthur Mitchell serving in the kitchen will help the Main St. Mission continue to be a guiding light for years to come.
The Main Street Mission is always is need of volunteers and donations. If you would like to help out, call 318-442-5803.