A hot meal and someone to share it with are things many people have come to expect on Easter Sunday.
Daniel Dzierzynski was one of them up until last year.
“I had a great life. A really good career and things I took for granted in my everyday life,” he said.
That all changed last July, when he made his way to the Bethesda Mission in Harrisburg.
“I struggled with alcohol. So I came here, knocked on the door, and they let me in,” he said.
He’s been getting help at the mission ever since, and is now paying it forward. Dzierynski spent Easter serving up hot meals to anyone who needed one.
“Serving other people, just learning how to serve other people instead of serving myself,” he said.
Every year, the mission serves Easter dinner to about 150 people who otherwise would’ve gone hungry.
“There’s a lot of individuals who give up their time at home with their own families, come and give back to serve meals to our guests,” said Scott Dunwoody, Director of Development for Bethesda Mission.
The volunteers who choose to spend Easter at the mission say they wouldn’t have it any other way.
“I can see my family most anytime. And we can have dinner anytime,” said volunteer Sue Miller.
The mission also serves holiday meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas.