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 depend on God's provision and to share the Gospel
To provide prayerful service
To pray together
To respond to the Christian mandate of loving service
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


Loaves and Fishes Ministries was created in 1982 in response to the critical need for shelter in our 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.

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: 35-36)