Goodwill Rescue Mission empowers the poor, homeless, and addicted of Newark to encounter Christ through compassionate care and comprehensive life transformation that meets immediate needs and encourages many to dare to hope for a life of dignity and dedication to being a contributing member of their community.
“'Let’s have a feast and celebrate. For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.”
– Luke 15: 23-24
If your family is like mine, important events revolve around food. We wouldn’t think of celebrating a birthday without cake – or welcome family for Thanksgiving without a feast.
Every day at the Mission, I see the value of breaking bread with others. In our dining room, hungry guests gather around a table to share a meal... and slowly, they begin to share their stories of loss and regret, too.
Food is safe and satisfying. It brings comfort. Many times I hear a guest say they came back to the Mission because, “I was hungry and needed a place to eat.” And wasn’t desperate hunger also what led the prodigal son back home to his father?
Just one hot meal, served with love and a smile at the Mission, can take a homeless person from confusion and despair to clarity and hope. After all, when we welcome guests to our daily meal services or our Thanksgiving feast, we do it all to share God’s love for them.
As you enjoy a Thanksgiving meal around a bountiful plate of food this season, remember that – because you give – we are providing the same delicious meal to our homeless neighbors in Newark.
Rev. David P. Jones
President & CEO