The Fort Wayne Rescue Mission is a place of hope for so many in the community. Saturday afternoon, the non-profit offered its annual Easter lunch.
"Well we believe that hope begins with a meal,” says Laurie Brumbaugh, Vice President of Development at the Mission.
With the help of over 100 volunteers, the Rescue Mission estimates they served over 2,000 meals today. Some folks even got there early to wait in line.
While the mission's doors are open 365 days a year, staff say it's holidays like Easter where it's extra important to be a warm and welcoming place.
"A lot of people don't have family or friends, or a family that they can go to,” says Brumbaugh. “So to have that sense of community, and to share that with other people, it's just really important."
Darryl Parks is a regular at the Rescue Mission, and is more than grateful for the variety of services they provide throughout the year.
"Anything you want they got it. If you need some psychological help, or you need somebody to talk to. You need somewhere to lay down or you need some hygiene. They got it."
He says that the help he received at events like today's lunch has made a big difference in his life. Darryl now makes it a point to volunteer his time and give back to the mission.
Brumbaugh says it's a blessing to join with volunteers and serve her community. "It's not just the meal here, but it's an opportunity for people who are homeless to be able to enter into our program, to bring real change into their lives,” she says. According to Brumbaugh, providing food for the less fortunate helps affirm their humanity. It's a fact that's not lost on the folks at the Mission on Saturday.
"Some people have issues. Some worse than others,” says Parks. “But we're all people. So when we're here, we're all together. We're here to fellowship and have fun."