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“For those who may not have anyone or anywhere to go, we know that hope can begin with a hot meal."

Mission gearing up for 1,500 Easter diners

50 volunteers to serve food; meal open to public

FORT WAYNE -- About 1,500 guests are expected for Sunday dinner.

That’s how many hungry and homeless the local Rescue Mission said Friday it expects to serve when it hosts its annual Easter meal. The number expected this weekend is about the same as were served last year for Easter, a news release said.

On the menu: baked ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls and sugar cream pie.

The meal, which is free and open to the public, will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the Rescue Mission, 301 W. Superior St.

More than 50 community volunteers help serve the meal.

“We’re looking forward to providing this year’s Easter meal, as always, in a safe and family-centered environment,” Donovan Coley, the Rescue Mission’s CEO and senior pastor, said in a statement. “For those who may not have anyone or anywhere to go, we know that hope can begin with a hot meal. For some, this could be the first step toward real change.”

The Rescue Mission has four subsidiary programs, primarily focused on transitional housing for the homeless. The programs, which also provide support services, are Life House, with more than 50 beds; Restoration House, with 40 beds; and Charis House, which serves women and children by providing nearly 80 beds. The Treasure House is the Rescue Mission’s thrift store, which helps provide program funding.

For more information, call Coley at 426-7357, ext. 113, or email