It's the seventh year that Guiding Light has hosted a community dinner and the first time for Easter.

"Ham, and mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, we got a roll and something to drink and God bless you," one woman said.

"It'll help me make it through my day, today so it was perfect, the food is perfect," a man said.

Sunday, April 9, a couple hundred showing up to have a warm meal ahead of the holiday. The Guiding Light hosts a community dinner the Sunday before Christmas and Thanksgiving as well.

"We have people who live in the neighborhoods, the apartments nearby and don't have family so they like to come here," Guiding Light Development Manager Starla McDermott said. "We get a lot of people who live on the street and they actually have no where to go and that's why we try to do this every holiday."

"It's important for them to have somewhere and they'll bring friends and then they get to sit and talk with the guys who stay with us and it's a sense of community and a sense of friendship," McDermott continued.

People said they're grateful for this kind of event because it continues to show that the Grand Rapids community cares about the people.

"Because of the generosity of guiding light, getting the homeless at least a meal that otherwise they usually won't have," Guiding Light participant Jonathan Miles said.

The Guiding Light rescues recovers and re-engages men into society by helping them find a job or overcoming addiction.

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