For more than 20 years, Suanne Aguirre has headed a grass-roots ministry that feeds up to 100 people each Sunday at 2:30 p.m. in downtown Memphis regardless of the weather.
Aguirre led the ministry – One Heart Ministries – even when she had a growing family with four children.
The ministry relies solely on donations and volunteers. For instance, gourmet meals are prepared by a local chef. One Heart meets on the sidewalk at N. Second and Winchester -- and under the overpass of I-40 in case of rain.
Aguirre, civilian employee of the Olive Branch Police Department, was named was named the The Best Times volunteer of the month for April.
When she began 20 years ago, Aguirre said, she handed out food, such as pizza, from her car to homeless men and women.
“On July 15, 2007, One Heart Ministries was born. God had laid it on my heart to take a team to Court Square Park. There were 20 of us and we took sandwiches and the message of Jesus Christ to the homeless,” she said.
“This became an every-Sunday labor of love and within several months we were able to feed hot plate lunches to these hungry people. Through donations, we provided new tennis shoes to all, along with nice clothes.”