Victory Kitchen is taking its message of hope to the streets.
From Wednesday through Friday Victory Kitchen hosted a street revival, getting permission from the city to block off the portion of Depot Street in front of the building.
"Today's the grand finale," said Luke Walters, son of Victory Temple Pastor Lonnie R. Walters, on Friday. The sun was shining, and church members were singing as the revival began.
Sean Ramsey, 13, Sandusky, volunteered at Victory Kitchen for the first time during Thursday's revival.
"It was fabulous," Ramsey said. Ramsey served food to visitors on Thursday and Friday with the help of 12-year-old Tia Young of Sandusky. Young also sang in the revival.
Victory Kitchen on Depot Street has been serving the community for 16 years. Open from 9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. daily, the kitchen serves hot meals to anyone in need. Since it opened, Victory Kitchen has served more than 260,000 plates of food.
"There's no reason for anyone in Sandusky to go hungry," Pastor Walters said. "But people in need still have pride."
The church is looking for someone willing to donate a home to house and rehabilitate four or five individuals with a criminal past. With a rehabilitation home ministry, the church hopes to help individuals trapped in a cycle of drugs and crime to break free.
The Victory Temple Church and Victory Kitchen already have success stories of people who have turned their lives around with the help of faith.
Not long ago William "Speedy" Nuby, 46, Sandusky, was facing 40 years in prison. Already having a past conviction for two counts of aggravated burglary, Nuby did time at the Erie County Jail for felonious assault and drug trafficking. While serving his sentence, he saved the life of another inmate who had tried to hang himself in his cell.
Nuby was sent to Victory Kitchen by Judge Erich O'Brien to do community service five months ago, and he has been there ever since.
"The Lord delivered me," Nuby said.
Sitting at a booth at Victory Kitchen on Friday, Nuby was candid about the path that led him to Pastor Walters and Victory Kitchen. He has experienced firsthand the struggle many people in this city continue to face every day.
"I claim my brothers and sisters out here on the street," Nuby said. "We love these people. We don't judge."
Nuby now preaches at Victory Temple Church. He and his wife, Anna Marie Hunt Nuby, were married in February.
"People know they need more than what the world has to offer," Pastor Walters said. "We're here to help them."