For the past 15 years, Larry Hogan and the “4th Wednesday Band” have been volunteering their time to play worship music during lunch at First Stop’s Day Center. Larry began his journey through church, joining the homeless in bible study classes once a month.
One day, he was asked to bring his guitar and lead the class in song. Eventually others got involved, adding different instruments and musicians until the band was formed. The group consists of 5-6 musicians on guitar, mandolin, slide guitar, drum, and vocals.
They join together to share their love of music and worship with the homeless community, playing a variety of songs, both old and new. The music is upbeat and positive, always seeming to put a smile on the faces of those who hear it.
“What we hope,” Larry says, “is that all their worries can be laid aside for a few minutes, and people can be united with one another through music.”
The 4th Wednesday Band is a reminder that even small acts of kindness can make a big difference. They are an inspiration to us all, and we are grateful for their service.
“I hope we encourage them just to be in that space, to be their better self for that time. And maybe by sharing our faith and encouragement, they can take it with them and share with others. We want to offer perspective and positivity.”