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      Horizons soup kitchen has its eye on a new location

      Since 2008 the Horizons soup kitchen has provided meals to Quincy's needy out of the kitchen and dining area of St. John's parish .

      "We can attribute all of the growth and success of this organization to God's faithfulness to provide everything we need," Horizons Executive Director Sarah Stephens said.

      Stephens says that after many years of planning and praying the soup kitchen has its eye on a new and much larger home.

      The new location would be at the old Quincy Discount Carpet One building on 8th Street.

      Program manager Mark Geissler says that the 12,600 square foot building will allow Horizons to serve a lot more people.

      "For our current Horizons facility we're able to seat anywhere from 70 to 90 individuals at one time," Geissler said. "With this new facility and the new planning we have the ability to seat about 230 to 250 individuals at one time. That is so important to us especially for the future as we look ahead."

      The kitchen will also be much larger.

      "We recognize that for the future we're going to need a much larger space," Geissler said. "This new kitchen is going to be able to help us in meeting those needs with the increased amount of families and individuals coming in. It will be more up to date. It will have a larger area to prepare and process food which is very important for the coming future."

      Sarah Stephens says the numbers continue to grow.

      "In 2013 alone we served over 27,000 hot meals to some of the poorest and neediest people in this community," Stephens said.

      Since 2008, Horizons has done more than just feed bodies. The ministry has also been a place of refuge and hope for those it serves.

      "Hope is as important as water and food," Stephens said. "Without hope what do you have? So we offer hope every day to the individuals that come to our doors."

      Stephens says that Horizons will soon start a capital campaign to raise the money for the estimated $500,000 cost of the project.

      If all goes as planned Horizons hopes to be in the new building by Summer of 2015.