The 60-year-old widow, Doramise Moreau, works every Friday until midnight in her small kitchen, preparing fresh condiments to marinate her meats and cooking authentic Haitian food for those in need.
Moreau told NBC6 South Florida that she has cooked 1,000 meals a week alone since the start of the pandemic. His motto in life has been if you have something that someone needs, you must help them and be a blessing from God.
He lives with his children, nephew and three grandchildren, but cooks in the kitchen of a house built by Habitat for Humanity in 2017. His days are strict and he doesn’t even think about complaining. . He works part-time as a janitor at a technical school, walking or taking the bus. But the work of his heart, the reason he gets up every morning, is to feed the hungry.
The Good Samaritan explains that when she was a child in Haiti, she would often take food from her parents’ pantry, such as dry rice and beans, onions, or an ear of corn to give to someone in need.
“Sometimes when you look people in the face, they don’t need to ask you,” he explained. “You can see that they need something.”
Decades later, Moreau continues to feed the hungry.
He borrows the church truck to buy groceries on Thursdays and Fridays and cooks until the wee hours of the morning for the Saturday meal. Notre Dame d’Haiti Catholic Church pays for the food, depending on donations. Moreau prepares the meals single-handedly, while church volunteers serve them or deliver them to inmates.
“Americans, Spanish, Haitians, they come here,” he said. “Even when I’m closing, they say, ‘Please, can I have a drink?’ And I give it to them, because if they go home and have nothing, the feeling hurts. “
Moreau also feeds the people in her small town north of Port-au-Prince. Despite his lower salary, he sends lollipops of food monthly to his sisters and brother, nieces, nephews and neighbors, and tells his sister over the phone to make sure this person gets a bag of rice and that person gets the sardines. .
“She takes care of everyone from A to Z,” said Reginald Jean-Mary, pastor of the church. “She is a true servant. She goes beyond the scope of work to be a presence of hope and compassion for others. “
A few years ago, when the church couldn’t afford to hire a cleaning crew, Moreau offered to do it for a paltry sum. He does it with a joyful heart.
And until recently, he has done it all without a car.
But last month, Moreau was surprised by a new Toyota Corolla topped with a big red bow. As part of a local anti-poverty initiative, community leaders nominate residents known for their community service. The Martin Luther King Economic Development Corporation buys the cars in bulk through a grant, and Moreau pays $ 125 a month and will own it after three years.
With her janitorial job and all her church work, people often ask Moreau if she’s exhausted. But she says her faith drives her.
“I can keep all the money to myself and never give anyone a penny,” he said. “But if you give from the heart and never think of yourself, God will provide for you every day. The refrigerator will never run out of food. “
We salute you, Mrs. Moreau. May God continue to cover you and bless you.