There are many reasons people are thankful this holiday.For many, the Twin City Mission provides yet another reason to give thanks.
"We open our doors to anybody and everybody in the community that doesn't have access to a traditional Thanksgiving meal," said Ron Crozier of Twin City Mission.
For more than 40 years, Twin City Mission has been providing hot food and fellowship on Thanksgiving Day, but for one family in particular, the mission has also provided a start to their new life.
"We found ourselves in a hard time, no where to go, and we came here," said Melissa Griffin. "And when I came here, I was scared to death. I didn't know what was going to be beyond those doors."
What she found, however, was support and strength.
Griffin and her family decided to spend their Thanksgiving with their Twin City Mission family since they were ones to help get her back on her feet. Just three days ago, she and her family moved from the mission and into their own house, and they feel they have a lot to be thankful for this year.
"The smiles on the faces of the girls," said Griffin. "They've just been so happy these past few days. They've had a tough couple of years and they've been through harder times than most adults."
With much to give thanks for, a hot Thanksgiving feast, a fresh start to their lives, and new a house, Griffin feels she is living a dream.
Griffin said, "It's just been like I'm standing outside looking at somebody else's life because. When we walk in, it's so cute. We decorated it, and it's home."
As the people lined up to get their food at the Twin City Mission's Community Cafe, Griffin reflected on what the mission has made possible for her and her children this holiday.
"We're going to be a family again," said Griffin.