Monday, December 22, 2014

Gratitude (The Storehouse Newsletter) Honors Titus Scholl

At Bread event, 1994
The following is a reprint of an article that appeared in the fall edition of  Gratitude, the quarterly newsletter for The Storehouse.  We recently posted two other reprints from the same newsletter about a transition at The Storehouse. This article celebrates founder Titus Scholl.  Titus and his wife Charlotte were a remarkable couple,  Titus, a Lutheran pastor, is also the founder of Roadrunner Food Bank!  And while Titus saw a great need in Albuquerque to create the institutions that helped poor families in our community directly, he and Charlotte were great believers in changing the structures that fostered poverty and hunger. For  that reason, they became involved in legislative advocacy via Bread for the World and the Lutheran Office of Governmental Ministry (now Lutheran Advoacy Ministry). So, just a few days before Christmas, we celebrate the gift that Titus and Charlotte Scholl were to our community. Here is the reprint of the article from The Storehouse.

Photo from The Storehouse newsletter
Remembering Titus Scholl, Storehouse Founder

As The Storehouse embarks on a new chapter in its mission to feed the growing numbers of hungry children, families and individuals in New Mexico, we feel it only appropriate to pay tribute to the man, and his wife, whose concern for those less fortunate began this worthy endeavor. Titus and Charlotte Scholl.

A commemorative plaque attached to the wall of the pantry states “They encouraged the community of good will to join a radical way of serving those in need with love and dignity and to demonstrate who is included in the meaning of ‘love for our neighbor’. They leave a legacy upon which The Storehouse can grow.”

Yes, the Scholls did more than create a food pantry... they laid a foundation that would support and promote The Storehouse as a beacon of provision not only for those in downtown Albuquerque, but for over 71,000 hungry New Mexicans for the next 38 years.

There was a day when we held those in need at arm’s length. The work of providing real, practical assistance to the poor and homeless, as ubiquitous as it is today, was indeed a “radical” undertaking back in the early ‘70’s.

Today we fondly remember our founding family. They not only fed the hungry, but restored human dignity by creating a cultural bridge from the world of prosperity and comfort to the one in which people from all walks struggle to find their next meal.

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