Wyoming Rescue Mission host annual Christmas Dinner

Published: Dec. 23, 2021 at 9:36 PM CST
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The Wyoming Rescue Mission hosted their annual Community Christmas Dinner on Dec. 23. Guests of WRM and other community members came together to eat a holiday meal.

The Rescue Mission has been serving a Christmas Dinner for over 40 years. Since moving locations three years ago, they have been able to serve more people at a time.

“It’s just given us such a great opportunity to really step it up and to serve the need and to make it extra special,” said WRM Executive Director Brad Hopkins.

Volunteers served food to guests at the WRM. The dining hall seats 120 people at a time, the Wyoming Rescue Mission has 125 guests and between 25-30 other visitors who eat with them. Public officials like Mayor Steve Freel helped to serve and visit with guests.

“It’s been great, as usual. It’s been real good to be able to talk to people, and serve them, and listen to stories they want to tell us,” said Mayor Freel.

Guests at WRM are thankful for the special meal and and the encouragement they are given to get back on their feet despite the struggles they have faced.

“It’s awesome the staff here are wonderful, they are great. If anyone needs to come here and make a change in their life this is the place to come,” said WRM guest Theresa Gonzalez.

Holiday meals are an opportunity for WRM employees and volunteers to show guests that they are cared for.

“When you’re homeless, you’re backed into a corner and you’re just trying to survive day to day. It’s so easy to feel like nobody cares and we really want to make this holiday special for our guests and let them know there’s hope,” said Hopkins.

On Christmas day there will be a brunch at 11 a.m. and a dinner at 5 p.m.

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