Loaves and Fishes Ministries opened its doors and began to offer services in the spring of 1981 in response to the critical need for shelter in our greater Lansing community.
In establishing the program the original five co-founders took inspiration from the social justice teachings of Jesus as exemplified by Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Mother Teresa of Calcutta.
Loaves & Fishes Ministries Statement of Purpose
As Co-workers our aim is to:
To minister to each other
To recognize and understand the poor
To recognize the dignity of all people
To recognize that all things are from God
To provide loving, nonjudgemental and free service
To provide prayerful service
To pray together
To love as Christ has loved
To bring the peace and joy of Christ to our world
To love, serve and empower the homeless poor.
(Adapted from Mother Teresa’s Co-Worker Statement of Purpose)
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.
(Matthew 25: 35)