Pastor D. Armstrong and Chief Operating Officer Lakesha Armstrong run The Love Center, a partner agency that provides food and other resources.
Just behind the door on Fenwick Street, there is music playing, a hot meal being prepared, a lively game of spades, a table offering hand sanitizer and resources, and a toddler waving at guests walking in.
There is a feeling of community in The Love Center.
Run by the organization I Am My Brother’s Keeper, The Love Center is located inside Augusta’s Harrisburg neighborhood and serves many guests experiencing homelessness.
The facility offers a warm meal, laundry services, clean showers, a clothing closet, and — supplied by our partnership — a food pantry filled with fresh and shelf-stable groceries.
Chief Operating Officer Lakesha Armstrong founded The Love Center five years ago with her husband, Pastor D. Armstrong. She said the organization has grown to serve over 100 people a day.
“What we’re hearing is that we’re providing an environment where people can feel loved and respected, and they’re feeling motivated about life,” she said.
Lathy, a guest at the center, shares that feeling of motivation.
She was going through an extreme hardship when she visited The Love Center for the first time last fall. Since then, her life has taken a turn for the better.
“They have helped me out with clothes; they have helped me out with getting my faith back. Pastor Armstrong and his wife are very kind,” said Lathy.
Regular guest Aubrey has also found community and support inside The Love Center.
“They provide a loving environment. They respect you and treat you like a person. They won’t judge you for your situation,” he said.
1 in 8 people in our service area is experiencing food insecurity. Thanks to partners like The Love Center and your support, we provide nearly 12 million meals each year for children, seniors, and families in need.