Feeding Families at ‘just the right time’

Meet Sheila Tuttle, who spreads opportunity through meals for women & children in Charlotte

Opportunity Series: Our opportunity series features Charlotteans committed to individual or collective efforts to spread opportunity across our city.

What started 14 years ago as one woman’s quest to figure out how she could help others and make a difference in Charlotte led to a movement resulting in a $150,000 fundraising campaign for kitchen renovations to help provide local homeless women and children with daily meals and shelter.

Sheila Tuttle, volunteer & leader of the Kairos ministry

Sheila Tuttle will tell you she’s humbled — as she reflects on the casual conversation she had with an elderly woman as she sought out her personal opportunity to help the less fortunate in the Charlotte community.

“If you ever want to do something truly rewarding,” the lady told her, “Come to the Salvation Army and help feed the children and families at the Center of Hope.”

Sheila thought about it — “This is it.”

The birth of Kairos

Her outreach to the Salvation Army staff over a decade ago was the birth of the Kairos ministry. This group of ladies who serve those in need in our community take their name Kairos, from an ancient Greek and biblical term meaning “the right or opportune” time or moment.

“At the appointed time, God will do,” Sheila says. “This has been nothing short of an amazing journey.”

Once monthly, the 14 ladies of Kairos visit the Salvation Army Center for Hope to prepare and serve meals to those who make the facility their home.

These women plan the menus, buy the food and then prepare it. The kitchen they use at the center, built in 1991, needed a long overdue renovation, which started mid-March.

The ladies of the Kairos Ministry, as they prepare to serve meals to homeless women and children in Charlotte.

Improving the Center for Hope

On March 26, the ladies joined the Salvation Army in a ribbon cutting celebration for the remodeled facility after having raised nearly $98,000 toward their goal through the relationships and partnerships they’ve nurtured across our city and beyond.

The ribbon cutting isn’t the finish line. The ladies of Kairos will continue serving meals at the Center for Hope, once monthly –but that’s only 12 days of the 365 days a year that meals are served to the women and children at the center. The effort can never have too many volunteers.

It might be another program offered by the Salvation Army that would provide your chance to make an impact. Either way, you can take a look at ways to partner and help do the most good for Charlotte.

Opportunity awaits — Sheila consistently takes hers. Will we?