Stewpot still growing to help homeless after 40 years

The Dallas Morning News 24 October 2015

Vernon Bryant/DMN Staff Photographer Malaika Abdul-Rahman of the Dallas Street Choir danced as her group sang “This Little Light of Mine” during a celebration of the Stewpot’s 40th anniversary. With services that now include a medical and dental clinic, the Stewpot assisted more than 10,000 people in 2014.

Vernon Bryant/DMN Staff Photographer

Malaika Abdul-Rahman of the Dallas Street Choir danced as her group sang “This Little Light of Mine” during a celebration of the Stewpot’s 40th anniversary. With services that now include a medical and dental clinic, the Stewpot assisted more than 10,000 people in 2014.

Michael Bell used to sell drugs outside the Stewpot.

But with the help of the homeless outreach in downtown Dallas, he’s now in a different business.

Calling himself Michael the gardener, he tends more than three-quarters of an acre across from the ministry on Young Street.

“Working in the garden helps calm me down,” said Bell, 32.

The site of the garden was nothing but two concrete slabs before it was transformed into an oasis of 90 beds to grow produce.

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