The lyrics penned by Bob Dylan decades ago capture how The Dining Room is more than simply a place to feed the hungry. The former soup kitchen turned sit-down-style restaurant serves up heaping portions of dignity, creating a haven—if only temporary—from the troubles of life. It is a place where those who walk through its doors can stand tall, hold each other up and share community.
This month’s Heroes Among Us feature—Shelter From the Storm—tells the story of The Dining Room through the eyes of noted author Lauren Kessler, who lives in Ruralite country and is a regular reader. The storytelling may change your view on what it means to be a hero.
Nomination Deadline Nears
Who is your volunteer hero? We have been asking that question all year.
The response has been inspiring, with nominations ranging from folks who work tirelessly to serve others—“making you feel like you are the only person in the room”—to a longtime school volunteer who scheduled surgery over spring break to avoid missing school time.
That brings us to October 5, which is the deadline to make a nomination. Here is a reminder of the details.
As part of our Heroes Among Us series—see our latest installment on page 12—we’ve asked Ruralite and Currents readers to identify both a youth and adult hero in their midst, someone who makes community better for those around them.
We will profile the adult and student winner. The adult gets a $500 gift card and $500 for the charity of their choice. The student winner receives a $1,000 scholarship from Pioneer Utility Resources.
Send nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your name and number for possible follow-up.