On a Monday evening, across from Tapestry Church on Middlefield Road, tables are set, lights are glowing and music gently sets the scene as people enjoy a meal together. It appears to be quite a soirée with some 80 to 100 attendees. But it’s not a momentous occasion — not a birthday party or a national holiday, unless it happens to coincide with one. Nevertheless, it is a celebration — one of the human spirit — and Street Life Ministries is the tireless host.

Founded in Menlo Park 15 years ago by Pastor Tony Gapastione of Peninsula Covenant Church, the program expanded to Redwood City six years ago. Dinner is offered every Monday and Wednesday in Redwood City and every Tuesday and Thursday in Menlo Park to anyone in need of a hot meal, clothing, friendship and perhaps a little nondenominational prayer.

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