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Fourth Street Honors Couple for Decades-Long

Story by Tijuana Griffin
Photos by Stacy Elliott

Pastor Andrew R. Harewood (left) presents Jesse and Mary Reeves with a plaque of appreciation for their years of service.

Family, friends, community guests and members of Allegheny East Conference’s Fourth Street Friendship church in Washington, D.C., recently witnessed the renaming of the church’s fellowship hall and dining room. Now called, Reaves Hall, the space recognizes Jesse and Mary Reaves who started the mission church at 4th and Q streets in the Northwest quadrant of the city in 1976.

A few years later, the Reaves had the vision of serving the homeless delicious soup. In the early years, church members fixed a pot of soup in their homes and brought it to the church where they served the homeless. More than 30 years later, the Bread of Life (BOL) ministry continues to feed the homeless and underprivileged in the Washington, D.C.-area. Each Sunday homeless men, women and children sit in the fellowship hall for Bible studies and to listen to sermons and/or health talks. After the spiritual services, they move across the hall to the dining facility to eat a wholesome breakfast of pancakes, home fries, fresh fruit, toast and a refreshing beverage. The BOL also offers clients a Regeneration support group and computer classes.

“The church would not be in existence had it not been for the Reaves and their efforts. The church was born out of the soup kitchen,” explains Andrew R. Harewood, the church’s pastor.
“The Lord sent us to 4th and Q Streets 38 years ago, to do a mission work and here is where we have stayed. We are so appreciative of the honor,” Jesse said. “We are appreciative of the 200-plus volunteers [who] support the soup kitchen ministry. We want to thank everyone who had a part in organizing the dedication service.”