Bridge Ministry Now Under Auspices of CCETN

Nearly 10 years after creating and running Bridge Ministry, Deacon Scott Maentz and his wife Christine are moving to Florida. They leave the ministry in the enthusiastic and capable hands of DeeDee Quinones and her husband Tom, who have assumed leadership of the program, which will now fall under the auspices of CCETN. Since its beginning, the ministry has served a free lunch, once a month at the patio of KARM in downtown Knoxville.

A ministry of the Diocese of Knoxville, it is supported by volunteers from several parishes, Knights of Columbus councils and other friends who feed around 250 of our East Tennessee neighbors who are experiencing homelessness. On the fourth Sunday of each month, 25 to 35 volunteers serve 600 hot dogs with all the fixings, chili, chips, cookies, coffee, lemonade, and ice cream (in the summertime) to our homeless guests. Learn more about how Bridge Ministry got its start in this East Tennessee Catholic article.

DeeDee and Tom have been with this ministry for the entire time. She began helping with sandwiches and about a year in, Tom added his hot dog cart. The two have been serving up hot dogs with their high energy every since. 

“We love doing this and we love that people like to be involved with helping our community,” said DeeDee.

DeeDee and Tom have 5 children and 8 grandchildren. Two of their children, Chey and Jack, along with their friends helped serve in the ministry and Chey still helps. Through the years, the ministry grew from fewer than 50 to upwards of 300 meals served at different times. Volunteers also grew from fewer than 10 to 50-60 at any given time. 

If you wish to honor Deacon Scott and Christine’s legacy and ensure their ministry continues you can donate here.

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