SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — It was a day of refreshment, from head to toe, for area homeless Monday.
As a kick off to fall season for the emergency shelter, the Springfield Rescue Mission and Friendly’s offered an ice cream social and mission-sponsored foot-washing ceremony.
Volunteers helped serve ice cream sundaes, and others washed feet of the homeless.
They also handed out “hope totes” containing socks and toiletries.
The rescue mission’s emergency shelter operates every day serving those in need..
“They come in at 3:00 in the afternoon. They are allowed to take showers, and they’re given a dinner. They’re here and have a safe night of shelter, have breakfast in the morning and then leave again in the morning, then we clean up the entire facility and start all over again,” says Julie Barnes, Community Development Assistant at the Rescue Mission.
Monday’s event event honors the start of the fall season, which gets busier as the colder weather settles in.
If you’d like to help, the rescue mission welcomes volunteers, donations and prayers. You can visit this website for more information.