Recently, DLP Real Estate Capital held a “Serve Day” – a day to volunteer and lend a hand to help others in need. Team members from DLP’s Bethlehem headquarters, prepared and served a hot lunch thru Everlasting Life Ministries, a Christian non-profit organization, located in the heart of Allentown. Founded by the Reverend Gus Al-Khal in 1982, ELM is comprised of Christian leaders, lay people, and volunteers from churches throughout the Lehigh Valley.
Every Thursday at noon, individuals age 50 and over, can come to ELM for a free hot meal. Pastor Gus says, “Combining food and fellowship is a proven way to reach out to people for Christ and find out more about their needs.” A business or other organization, even families, can “adopt a meal” by helping to cook and serve a meal each week. Each week, about 100 people arrive for a hot meal and good company.
About 10 enthusiastic team members from DLP planned a menu, shopped for ingredients, and prepared a meal of pasta with meatballs and sauce, garden salad, and fresh dinner rolls. Additionally, several employees baked a variety of desserts – a welcome treat that didn’t last long.
Don Wenner, CEO, DLP Real Estate Capital commented,
“As CEO of DLP and even more so as an active Christian, I know the importance of giving of oneself in order to help others. We look forward to having an opportunity like this to serve several times throughout the year.”
ELM is determined to bring people, living in and around the Allentown area, out of the cycle of poverty. Reverend Gus, (originally from Syria), came to Allentown as a street preacher. He found a permanent home for his ministry at the Bethany E.C. Church, located at 224 N. 6th Street, in Allentown. Weekly food banks and clothing banks, community kitchen for hot lunches, a free health clinic for those without insurance, and holiday meals served several times throughout the year all take place under one roof, thanks to the generosity of the community in and around the Lehigh Valley. Rev. Gus says, “We help in many ways but our goal is to help others both physically, by providing food and other necessities, and spiritually, by giving them hope and help.”