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Ladle Fellowship Volunteer Stories

Many of our Ladle volunteers have been greatly blessed by serving at Ladle. Below are some of their stori


Shawna Bailley‑Schermerhorn

Solana Beach Presbyterian

I first became involved with Ladle Fellowship shortly after I moved to San Diego around 2009.

I remember being so taken aback by how many people the Ladle ministry reached each week. It was, and is, quite an undertaking to not only provide hot meals, groceries, clothing items, and even medical care to so many but to do so in the midst of such brokenness (extreme homelessness, including women/children, coupled with many mentally and physically ill individuals).

I regularly helped out at Ladle for a year or so until I moved from downtown San Diego closer to North County. Then in 2012, I was looking for a church for our family and remembered back to my Ladle days. I remembered that Solana Beach Presbyterian Church would often bring their youth band to perform during the Sunday meal. Those particular Sundays always stuck with me because not every church would bring kids to an urban setting with 150+ homeless people around, yet SBPC did, and those kids ministered and served those attendees in a way that our regular church music/soundtrack or staff could never do. I knew I wanted to be a part of a church that had a heart for all of God’s people and encouraged and supported for everyone, including their youngest members.

I am grateful for the path God has laid out for me, which helped me find Solana Beach Presbyterian Church through Ladle Fellowship.

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