WILLIAMSON – Jacob’s Well Mission is now open daily to feed the needy in the Williamson area.
Jacob’s Well Mission has been in operation since 2008. Janette O’Brien, Director of Jacob’s Well, discussed starting the local charitable food ministry.
First, O’Brien volunteered for a feed the needy program already established in Williamson.
“I didn’t think there would be a need for two organizations so I volunteered for the feed the needy program that was already here. When that organization closed, I immediately looked for a building and started Jacob’s Well,” O’Brien said.
When Jacob’s Well first opened, it operated three days a week. It expanded and for the last three years has operated seven days a week and twice on Friday.
“Our volunteers help us a lot. It all comes from God. He sends it in. We are just his servants. We do what he calls us to do,” O’Brien said.
According to O’Brien, on an average day, the mission serves between 50 and 100 people. Although at times, O’Brien said they have served as many as 200.
Jacob’s Well also offers an opportunity for citizens of different denominations to come together and worship. Mark Carter, Assistant Director of Jacob’s Well said, “We have seen a lot happen. A lot of different denominations come to worship. It is not about denomination. It is about Jesus Christ and showing his love.”
Carter also discussed future plans for Jacob’s Well.
“We would like to expand and start doing food boxes but we have to focus on the hot meals,” Carter explained.
“A lot of people are unable to store and prepare the food so the hot meals are important,” Carter continued.
Jacob’s Well also hosts a variety of events for the needy during the holidays. O’Brien said, “We have a Christmas program that provides a set of clothes, a gift and a shoe box for the goodies at Christmas, as well as drawings for the adults that attend with their children. We try not to leave anyone out.”
The mission also provides Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners. “We have huge dinners that serve 200-400 people,” O’Brien said.
Carter explained the Passover Dinner that the mission hosts. “The Passover Dinner explains the significance of communion,” Carter said.
Jacob’s Well is open Monday through Friday from the hours of 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again on Friday after church services. They are also open after Bible Study on Saturday nights and again on Sunday mornings for breakfast from the hours of 9 to 10 a.m.
Jacob’s Well is located at One East Third Ave in Williamson. The telephone number is 304-236-5955.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)