THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2005
Eleven years and 130,000 meals later, Mary
Judd, 67, is still serving up hot plates of
scrambled eggs, sausage, grits and donuts
to one of Raleigh’s roughest neighborhoods.
Ms. Mary, as she’s affectionately called, works
through her ministry, “God’s Helpers of Raleigh,”
to provide food and to offer prayer to those who
are homeless and in need.
Amid an area notorious for its problems with
drugs, alcohol, prostitution and homelessness,
Judd’s 109 N. Pettigrew St. space bills itself as a
safe haven for those looking for a hot meal, spiri
tual comfort or just people who care.
“I got all my children out there,” says Judd.
During her pre-meal sermons, she tells people, “If
you don’t know my name, just call me ‘Mom.’”
RIGHT: "I love you," Judd tells each person who comes to the
house. "You gotta go on the straight path Jesus set for you." >•
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RALEIGH WOMAN SPREADS FOOD, LOVE AND JESUS’ WORD
a photo story by Alison Yin
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RIGHT: "It's been a long road," says Michael Holloway.
"In spite of everything, I know he believes in my heart." >•
RIGHT: Edward Hargrove, a Raleigh native, has been
off drugs and alcohol for three and a half years. >
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