Catholic Charities, Well of Hope offer Thanksgiving dinner



GENESEE COUNTY — Well of Hope and Catholic Charities are partnering again this year to offer the fifth annual “Blessed to Be a Blessing” dinner, serving up turkey and all the trimmings for Flint-area residents in need. The event will be held on Nov. 26, from 4-6:30 p.m at Catholic Charities’ Center for Hope gym,, 517 E. Fifth Ave., Flint.

“There is no greater joy than serving at this dinner and seeing the happy looks on the face of families and children who attend,” saiid Will I. Morgan, President of Well of Hope, and lifetime Flint resident. “We consider it to be a blessing that families come to begin their holiday with Well of Hope and we are elated to be in conjunction with Catholic Charities again this year.”

“We are excited to be partnering with Well of Hope. Both organiza- tions are working to provide for those in need, so we are happy to collaborate on this great community event,” says Jon Manse, Director of Community Services at Catholic Charities.

Area businesses have also joined to sponsor the event including Lawrence E. Moon Funeral Home, Flint NIPP, Great Giant, Honda of Grand Blanc, Kroger, Loving Hands Adult and Senior Services, Molina Health Care, Sam’s Club, Serenity Funeral Chapel, VG’s, and Walgreens.

Celebrity servers for the event will include Vicky Schultz, Catholic Charities CEO; Dayne Walling, Mayor of Flint; Dale Weighill, Flint City Councilman; Bernard Lawler, Former Flint City Councilman; Alvern Lock, Former Flint Police Chief; Theresa Lock, Mott Community College Public Safety Director; Harmony Langford, CEO of the Flint YWCA; Michael Williams, CEO of Orchards Children’s Services; and Kathy Boles, Director of Valley Area Agency on Aging.

For more information, or to inquire about bus passes for the event, call Chia Morgan, Program Coordinator, at 810-789-3407. To donate or volunteer, you can also visit

Well of Hope, a non-profit organization, works to provide services to disadvantaged communities and families in the Flint area. Since 2005, they have provided events such as an annual back to school festival, and Steps to Healing a Broken Generation (STHABG), a fun day for at-risk youth.

A Thanksgiving Day meal will also be served by Catholic Charities at the North End Soup Kitchen on Nov. 28, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties has been Providing Help and Creating Hope for those in need since 1941, serving all people regardless of faith. This diverse social services agency offers an array of programs including counseling, substance use treatment, prevention and education, foster care, adoption, the Holy Angels Community Closet and Holy Angels Warming Center as well as the North End, Holy Angels and South Flint Soup Kitchens. For more information about services, please call 810-232-9950.— R.S.

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