By Case Keltner
If you walk past the Church of the Epiphany on a Sunday morning, the aroma of a warm, home-cooked meal will fill your nostrils. This is the fragrance of the Welcome Table, a program that for 15 years has welcomed Washington’s homeless people to Sunday breakfast.
Beginning at 6:00 a.m., individuals begin to sign up to enjoy bacon and eggs, grits, fruit cocktails, juice and coffee. An outreach counselor is on hand with support, and Bible studies and a creative Gospel art program are also offered. Perhaps most importantly, the guests at the Welcome Table discover a familiar yet diverse community that embraces new visitors with open arms. A spokeswoman for the Welcome Table summarized the program’s simplicity and approach saying it is “an a la carte program; you take what you want.”
With costs of operation surpassing $500 per week, the Welcome Table gratefully accepts any donations to help the program.