DAVENPORT, Iowa. (KWQC)– Another Thanksgiving means another year of serving meals to those in need at Father Conroy’s Vineyard of Hope in Davenport.
Sister Ludmilla leads a crew of volunteers through meal prep. then together they serve more then 100 people in need. Ludmilla said she feels it’s her job to help those who need it.
Volunteers like George Meister and Bill Ashton come to help with the Thanksgiving dinner every year. “A lot of these needy people have nowhere and no one to go to for a meal,” said Meister.
Ashton said he keeps coming back because helping others is important. “These people are unfortunate and we want to help them have a nice day,” said Ashton.
Phillip Tate Sr. received a meal at the vineyard and was glad to have a place to go to get a warm meal this time of year. “For a moment we forget about being homeless, you know we can just get together with people who understand how we feel and what we are going through,” said Tate.
Tate has dealt with downfalls recently but said he isn’t going to let that stop him from being thankful this year. “All of my clothes and stuff was taken and she gave me a brand new pair of jeans. She gave me this coat last week, these gloves and hat,” said Tate, “It’s giving me somewhere to go.”
This Thanksgiving tradition has been in place since 2005. Ludmilla guesstimated serving around 120 people this year. Each person was able to take home a bag of necessities after eating a warm dinner.
A warm breakfast and lunch will be served on Sunday at Father Conroy’s Vineyard of Hope, for anyone who needs it.