“Easter is a great time to remind people dealing with homelessness and poverty that their dark and cold season in life can transform into a season of new growth—and that there is always hope,” said Rev. Glenn Cranfield, president and CEO of the Mission.
Celebrating Easter at the Mission starts with a Good Friday service held in the chapel where guests, family, and friends gather to reflect upon the sacrifice Christ made. And while the service is underway, volunteers and their families will be busy in the Mission’s kitchen preparing food. Following the service, everyone will gather in the dining room for a traditional Easter meal, like the one you might eat at home. Guests will enjoy ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, salad, and rolls, along with a delicious slice of pie.
Over the course of the holiday weekend, thousands of meals will be prepared and served by hundreds of volunteers contributing countless hours to make this holiday special for guests of the Mission.
“While the Mission provides so much more than food—a hot, nutritious meal may be just what it takes for someone who is experiencing homelessness to step through our doors and, in the process, learn more about the other services we offer that can help them get off the streets permanently,” said Cranfield. “A traditional meal, like maybe their mom used to make—served by volunteers from all walks of life who have chosen to spend their Easter serving at the Mission—goes a long way in creating a loving, home-like atmosphere for our guests to enjoy. This act of kindness has a visible and indelible impact on our guests.”