Who We Are

The Way of The Cross Ministries began in 1999 to help support benevolent ministry for people in Etowah County. Not long after the doors opened, we saw a need to serve lunches. The meals were just one part of many opportunities to serve the poor, elderly, disabled, unemployed, underemployed, and homeless in our area. Now the ministry serves between 150 and 220 meals each weekday to some of our area’s most needy.More than just serving meals, the “soup kitchen” ministry offers hope – hope to people who have difficulty making ends meet financially. Many of the people who eat with us regularly must make the decision to pay the light and heat bills, or to purchase their needed medicines, or to pay the rent, or to eat a good meal each day of the work week. Their one hot meal each day comes from The Way of the Cross. Hope is given to those who need relationships with caring people who don’t ask too many questions or require something in return. The love of Christ is demonstrated daily for free.

· The Way of the Cross is supported by donations from a caring community.

· The ministry is led by an eight-member volunteer board, along with Director, Kenneth Brown, and volunteers and churches in our community.

· Lunches are served from 11 am to 1 pm Monday through Friday and an evening meal on Friday at 5pm.

· Over 48,000 meals were served in 2011.

· A worship service and children’s ministry are held on Friday at 6 pm.

· A place to take a shower ( along with supplies) is located here for the homeless or people without running water in their homes.

· We accept food donations from events held in our community, along with churches which bring us food.

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations are tax-deductible.

Hearts and lives are changed through the witness of Jesus Christ. The down and out need a helping hand; the confused and hurting need kindness; the forsaken and lonely need understanding; the hungry and faint need a warm meal.

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Operating Hours:

Monday through Friday, 11 am - 1 pm Friday evening, 5 pm - 7 pm

Driving Directions from Highway 411:

From Hwy 411 in Rainbow City turn North on Hwy 431. Continue to 24th Street. Turn left on 24th Street and cross the railroad tracks. We are the first building on the left. 101 North 24th Street.