A Central Oregon soup kitchen displaced after a string of intentionally set fires last week, reopened Tuesday. Fire inspectors have given the green light for meal services to resume at Bend’s Trinity Episcopal Church.
After the fires, the job of rebuilding began almost immediately. Construction workers on cherry pickers are still chipping away at fire- damaged shingles on the roof of the main building.
But church leaders say those efforts have been bolstered by an outpouring of support. Religious services are being held at the local Methodist church. And until now, the church meal service, known as the Family Kitchen, was also operating there.
Family Kitchen serves about 4,500 meals a month to those in need.
Program Coordinator, Cindy Tidball hopes that now that the program’s back home, her diners will feel more comfortable.
“They were greatly affected by this. You know, one more time they didn’t have anyplace to go, one more time they had been displaced. So they’re coming home also to a place that they’re treated well,” says Tidball.
This week, Bend Police announced a 10 thousand dollar reward for information leading to a conviction in the case.