Bethesda News

Bethesda Mission to Serve Thanksgiving Meal for Those in Need

RELEASE DATE:  11-14-18

CONTACT:   Katie Andreano, Manager of Communications
717-257-4442 x228 | 973-865-1742 (cell)



Harrisburg, PA Bethesda Mission will host a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner on Thursday, November 22, 2018.  The dinner will be held at the Men’s Shelter, located at 611 Reily Street, from 4:30-5:30 p.m.  The menu will feature turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, corn, carrots, various desserts, beverages, and more. Approximately 175 people are expected to attend, served by 50 volunteers.

“There is always a waiting list of those who want to volunteer to serve our wonderful Thanksgiving meal,” Scott Dunwoody, executive director of Bethesda Mission, said. “It is so encouraging to hear the motivations of our volunteers who desire to bring some encouragement to Bethesda’s men and women guests and those who are needy in the community, looking for some hope in the midst of their daily struggles. The meal, warm atmosphere, and sharing of God’s love lifts their spirits.”

Dunwoody continued, “For those in the community who anticipate being alone this Thanksgiving, we encourage you to come to the Men’s Shelter at 611 Reily Street to enjoy turkey and all the trimmings, while experiencing the wonderful fellowship!”

Deb King, volunteer coordinator, stated, “We are extremely grateful for the volunteers who are giving up part of their Thanksgiving day at home to come and serve the meal at Bethesda Mission.  There will be approximately 50 volunteers involved with the festivities, and we are thankful for each and every one of them!”

For those unable to come to the Mission for a meal due to age or health, deliveries are available upon request to residences within a five-mile radius of the Men’s Shelter.  To schedule a delivery, please call Bethesda Mission at 717-257-4442 by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 21st.



Bethesda Mission has been meeting the needs of hurting and homeless people in Harrisburg, PA for over 103 years. Providing shelter and recovery counseling for an average of 110 men and 25 women in two facilities, as well as after-school and summer programs for local children and teens, the Mission served nearly 130,000 meals and assisted over 5,000 separate individuals just last year! View more of our recent statistics here.



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