Joyce Hamilton lived in New York and at one time was homeless. Terriance Hamilton is an Alabama native.
It’s Hardin County where they found a true passion for helping others — complete strangers — to reach hundreds of people.
It has been their calling, they said.
In 2013, the Hamiltons started The Lord’s Supper Soup Kitchen in Radcliff where a doughnut shop and a tattoo parlor once stood. The work was endless, providing warm meals and daily life essentials to young and old. There were some volunteers, but the brunt of the work and planning fell on their shoulders.
Still, the Hamilton persevered.
Exhausted by their efforts, they took a step back, became rejuvenated and began a mobile ministry in 2016.
Their faith and their love of spreading the word of God was at the heart of both efforts, providing a hand-up, not just a hand-out. They provided programs that help toward self-sufficiency, an important cog in their mission to help break generations of struggles.
With the mobile ministry, they would venture into neighborhoods often ravaged by despair, where children were looking for a pair of shoes without holes in them, adults for a winter coat or simply their next meal.
Many just wanted to know someone cared about them. The Hamiltons always were there with understanding, a shoulder to lean on and a message of encouragement and hope.
Their reach expanded to 42 counties in Kentucky, where they served low-income communities by providing hot meals, snacks and drinks, food bags, turkey boxes with all the trimmings, Christmas toys for children, clothing, toiletry items, winter coats, hats and gloves.
Home obviously is where you decide to make it. For Terriance and Joyce Hamilton, being impactful and providing hope to many on the brink of giving up has been important in their mission in Hardin County.
Instead of simply going through life’s many motions, the Hamiltons did much more. They not only embraced Hardin County but the region with their mission.
The Hamiltons,, who both are retired military, have hearts of gold and have been true gems in Hardin County.
They are relocating to Apollo Beach, Florida, at the end of the month. It’s a loss that will impact many in Hardin County.
The Hamiltons don’t know anybody in that area but have made several trips south to see where their personal ministry will take them.
“We didn’t see a lot of people worshiping God down there. We didn’t see a lot of it. We didn’t see a lot of churches like here,” Joyce said. “There the need is great.”
So the Hamiltons embark to a new area with the same mission — to help others and to make sure they know the word of God.
This editorial reflects a consensus of The News-Enterprise editorial board.