Hundreds of people are providing encouragement on the road to recovery. The men at the Foundry Rescue Mission and Recovery Center are battling addition or returning to society after prison. Sunday night, that encouragement came in the form of a special meal.
Around 200 people planned, prepared and served special meals for those who most likely won't see their own families this Christmas. It's an event helping give a fresh start to The Foundry residents.
There's a little something different on every table. Nancy Corona says, "We do our own tablescape, we bring our own Christmas China and we prepare the meal ourselves."
With a shared purpose in mind. Micah Andrews, The Foundry Assistant Executive Director, says "What we're celebrating are men whose lives are being transformed through faith based recovery. Men who've bashed apart with addiction, whose lives are being put back together through faith."
Many are going through a transformation without their families.
Foundry Resident, Ricky Campbell says, "Some of us live too far away, my home is 6 hours away. Some others at times are not welcome at home."
Andrews says, "For those men that don't have an opportunity to spend time with their family to have folks like these volunteers come out and bless them during this holiday season is just amazing for them."
But volunteers, like Nancy Corona, want to show they care.. serving from the heart. Dinner was prepared for more than 170 Foundry residents at the Adopt-A-table event.
Corona says, "Some are very new, you can tell they're a little afraid and they need encouragement, they need that support.
Ricky Campbell came to The Foundry 8 months ago suffering from alcohol and pain killer addictions. He says this fellowship.. can comfort those struggling. "Sometimes you feel so alone and you can relate to everyone here and sometimes your family can't relate to you cause they don't know what you're going through."
Micah Andrews says there are many success stories. He also adds The Foundry is seeing an increase in young men choosing heroin as their drug of choice.. a problem that's growing across the nation.
The Foundry can always use donations. Andrews says people can help by shopping at its thrift store in Fairfield.