FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) While families across the area gathered to enjoy a Christmas meal today, thousands of people went through the doors of The Rescue Mission to get that sense of belonging.
“We’re serving individuals from our community who just want a place to be, and to be a part of a family today,” Rev. Donovan Coley of The Rescue Mission said.
Coley is overseeing the traditional Christmas meal of turkey and fixings served to an ever-growing number of people.
“The numbers continue to grow even though the economy is going in the right direction,” Coley added. “It seems if it hasn’t really impacted many of the folks we serve.”
Volunteers lend a hand on this day, with the hopes of changing the lives of those struggling for the better.
“A lot of people can’t make dinners, have dinners this time of year,” said volunteer Kathleen Lochner. “It’s a great place for them to come in, a happy friendly place, a spiritual place where we can give back and help fill them up.”
“We believe hope begins with a meal,” Coley said. “Today we will start a conversation that may lead to real change in their lives.”
For those needing a change, the people at The Rescue Mission want them to know they are not alone.
“I hope they get a sense of people care,” Lochner added. “They’re cared for and we’re willing to try to help, in as many ways that we can.”
Coley said by the end of the day, he expected to have seen 3,000 people get a meal.