Responsibility (h/t reader Danelle):
There’s no such thing as a free lunch, at least not at the Rescue Mission of El Paso.
The Rescue Mission, at 1949 W. Paisano, is now charging $1.50 for each lunch and dinner. Breakfast remains free.
“Certainly the budget is tight, but that’s not the reason,” CEO Blake Barrow said. “It’s more about changing the atmosphere of how we operate.”
Barrow, who has headed the shelter for about 15 years, said the new policy was implemented March 19 primarily to encourage those who stay or eat at the mission to take on more responsibility and pride in their temporary home.
“After 15 years, I keep seeing the same thing. Most everybody’s got some resources, not much, but some,” Barrow said, referring to those who receive government assistance or have other forms of income, however minimal. “Unfortunately, many of our guests come for the free meals, then walk up to the 7-Eleven and buy a Big Gulp, cigarettes and stuff like that.”