Duluth Harbor Mission Serves Free Easter Meal

People Experiencing Homelessness and Addiction Were Among Those Served at Water's Edge Community Church

DULUTH, Minn. – The Duluth Harbor Mission served a free Easter dinner to the homeless, addicted, and other people in need in Duluth’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

The annual Easter celebration is for anyone alone on the holiday.

The dinner was served to 150 people last year and this year the Duluth Harbor Mission hoped to serve 200.

The smell of ham, mashed potatoes and gravy, and a strawberry shortcake dessert filled the halls of Water’s Edge Community Church in Lincoln Park.

“It’s very good,” said Christopher Pederson while attending the meal. “It’s like Grandma’s cooking. I tell everybody to come here.”

The meal is served so nobody goes hungry this holiday weekend.

“We’ve had many people say I wouldn’t have anything today,” said Veronica Ciurleo, Executive Director of Duluth Harbor Mission. “You know, there’s no hot meals served on the west side of town on weekends.”

Dozens of volunteers spent their Easter away from family serving the less fortunate.

“I just come down and spread a little bit of cheer and let them know that life is good, it’s what we make it and all things are possible if you just come together as a community and help out,” said Christine Koosman, a volunteer at the event.

People experiencing homelessness, addiction, and hard times eat their fill while others come to the meal to experience a neighborhood coming together.

“We need to be a community and Lincoln Park is a lot better place than people are led to believe,” said Pederson. “There’s a lot of issues here, but there’s a lot of good, decent people in Lincoln Park.”

The Duluth Harbor Mission serves a hot lunch every Saturday at the Water’s Edge Community¬† Church.

They also offer outreach at their location at 2910 West Third Street. It’s open Monday-Friday from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

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