The members of Turning Point Clinic's sponsoring congregation, New Life Evangelical Baptist Church, have long perceived that hunger can play a deadly role in the troubled lives of heroin addicts and their troubled families. It can contribute to an increase in crime in the community, and lead to an extreme escalation of family problems. On (date,) they opened "Hard Times Food Pantry, which is now the largest food pantry in Maryland. This community outreach service is available to all the needy in East Baltimore, handing out bags of groceries every four days a week. New Life volunteers also periodically offer free household cleaning supplies, new clothing, and even diapers and baby formula for the tiniest members of the community.
New Life's Pastor, Reverend Williams, is truly grateful for the vision, support and involvement of the church's parishioners. "I would like to say, 'God bless them'," he says. "But I know He already has."