By Irene Glasser
More Than Bread examines lifestyles within the eating room of the Tabernacle Soup Kitchen, positioned in heart urban in a brand new England kingdom. What occurs whilst 100 visitors, which come with unmarried moms, drug addicts, alcoholics, the mentally unwell, and the chronically unemployed, representing varied age teams and ethnicities, come jointly within the eating room for numerous hours every day? Irene Glasser demanding situations the preferred assumption that soup kitchens functionality basically to supply nutrients for the hungry by way of refocusing our cognizance at the social elements of the eating room. The soup kitchen bargains a version of a de-professionalized, nonclinical, nurturing atmosphere that's not like the normal human prone agency.
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In addition, of those who live alone and are unemployed, 48 percent are poor (Levitan 1978). Almost all the guests of the Tabernacle Soup Kitchen are unemployed, although they are within the ages of eighteen to sixty-five that are usually associated with work force participation. Most are a part of the chronically unemployed, which is technically defined as those who are out of work for twenty-seven or more weeks (Sherraden 1985). The rest are members of the group of discouraged workers, the term used by the Department of Labor for those people who are not registered for work.
This lack of ability to participate in after-work-hours consumerism can be seen as whittling away at individual self-worth, making reentry into the job market even more difficult. This in tum solidifies the 20 More Than Bread individual's sense of marginality and alienation from the mainstream. When the unemployed are young (less than forty years old), as is true of the majority of guests of the soup kitchen, the situation becomes even more urgent, since they are faced with a life filled with boredom and despair.
40 More Than Bread Esther Esther was one of the women in her fifties who sat at the table nearest the kitchen each day. She was severely disabled with arthritis, as well as a congenital hip impairment. She came to the soup kitchen each day on the Dial-A-Ride van, which transported her from her home in Windy Heights, where she lived with her adult sons. She was a high school graduate, and she occasionally typed letters for the soup kitchen. She was a member of the class in community counseling all three times it was given.