The Episcopal Church Center in San Diego will hold its eighth annual community foot washing event Thursday to offer medical and grooming services for homeless residents and their pets.
In addition to clean feet, attendees will receive items like new shoes and socks and personal-care kits. They will also have access to services like haircuts, medical care, veterinary services for their pets and information regarding Alcoholics Anonymous and veterans services. All attendees will receive a hot meal while at the event.
The community service comes during Holy Week and reflects the biblical story of Jesus washing his apostles feet before the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday.
“Jesus served people by healing and feeding them, and claiming a vision of beloved community where all people flourish,” said Rt. Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, an assisting bishop with the Episcopal Diocese of San Diego. “Washing feet is about hospitality and respect and dignity, and loving our neighbors as ourselves.”
According to the Episcopal Diocese, more than 300 residents have signed up to receive new shoes at the event. More than 40 volunteers from local churches will serve as event staff.
The foot washing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. at 2083 Sunset Cliffs Boulevard in Point Loma.
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