Union Gospel Mission serves Thanksgiving meals

Union Gospel Mission serves Thanksgiving meals

"It's all about having a good spirit and thinking about the holidays and what it would mean for somebody else", said Andrew Washington, who has been enjoying Thanksgiving at the Rescue Mission for many years.

"Often a simple meal served with love is the first step in helping someone deal with homelessness or addiction", said John E. Saltee, director of the Ventura County Rescue Mission.

"This year we are anticipating about 2,000 meals served".

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The Rescue Mission is expected to serve more than 3,000 people at its annual Thanksgiving meal on Thursday. "It puts me into what Thanksgiving is all about, like being grateful for what we have and making the most of it", Coloma said.

NewsChannel 5 reporter Blayke Roznowski was there early Thursday morning as volunteer prepared food for thousands of people throughout the day.

Baggs and Wilson are both in programs at the mission and they are working to get back on their feet.

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"We want people to feel connected to something larger than themselves".

"What's amusing about this situation is they didn't know I was coming this morning, yet, they already had a thank you card for me just from other things that I've done for them, and um this right here means the world, it means I'm making a difference and that's all I want to do", said Watson.

The sense of home and family resonated with the Gospel Mission's youngest volunteers. Just to help someone out, it's a feeling I can't describe.

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"When I needed something they were here".

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