Urgent Help KingstonSoupKitchen

The Caring Hands soup kitchen at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church in Kingston, NY desperately needs our help! A frozen pipe at a Midtown church has forced the soup kitchen there to shut down until the problem is fixed. This church does so much to help feed our vulnerable community members and keep open a Warming Center all winter long. Lets do what we can to help them with this very unexpected and costly repair.

The church has a plumber arranged to fix the water pipe on Monday 3/2 at an estimated cost of $4,000.00.

Thank you for anything you can do! Water donations are also being accepted over the weekend.


A frozen pipe at a Midtown church has forced the soup kitchen there to shut down until the problem is fixed.

Dave Cobey, who runs the Caring Hands soup kitchen at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, said Friday that the food operation has been closed all week, except for being able to feed a few people with donated prepared items.

Cobey said Caring Hands typically serves between 95 and 155 meals per day, Monday through Friday.

He said a lateral pipe, at least 30 feet long, that connects the church to a nearby water main, has frozen, preventing water from getting into the building. Because the problem involves a lateral, not a main, the church is responsible for the repair, Cobey said. Problems involving water mains are fixed by the city. 

 Cobey said money is short and that it’s been difficult to find a contractor to work on the pipe. He said plumbers have tried to flush water through it, but to no avail.

 “Funds are tough,” Cobey said. “That is a big part of it. We are a small church, and we don’t have a lot of operating funds, and we pretty much live month to month.”

Cobey said the frozen pipe has not affected the operation of the church’s warming center, a shelter that opens on cold-weather nights.

 The Kingston Water Department supplied the church with bottled water to keep the center open. That water came from the Niagara Bottling Co., which brought 1,400 cases of water to the area last week after a city water transmission main in the town of Kingston ruptured. The church got 160 cases of that water, but Cobey said it lasted only three days. He said the water was used primarily for drinking and making coffee.

Niagara’s donation was arranged by town of Ulster Supervisor James Quigley not long after the company decided not to build its proposed bottling plant in the town.

“We have had no water all week,” Cobey said. “It has been a long week.”
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