Homelessness in Duluth, community togetherness, topics of Central Hillside BBQ

By KBJR News 1

August 23, 2014 Updated Aug 23, 2014 at 11:40 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) --- Another outdoor gathering in Duluth Saturday afternoon was busy bringing the Central Hillside community together for a day of fun, while advocating for the city's homeless.

The Mid–City Outreach Barbeque invited Northlanders to partake in plenty of free food and music at the Central Hillside Community Park, along Lake Avenue.

A number of area churches, including Duluth Gospel Tabernacle and Prince of Peace Fellowship, sponsored the event.

Aspiring evangelist and Tennessee native Charles Shoemake organized the get together with his wife. Shoemake says, after a rough life, he moved to Duluth under the call to help those in need become something more.

"...to help feed... into these people's lives who are on the street, and who are struggling, and people who need assistance to get out of that stuck feeling," said a happy Shoemake, "and that's what it's all about."

The hamburgers, hotdogs, and other supplies were donated by Northland businesses, like McDonalds and Billman Construction.

Billy Wagness