Once guests were served, members of Godtel Ministries’ staff and volunteers fill a plate and join in enjoying a traditional Thanksgiving dinner Thursday.

Staff members, volunteers and residents of Godtel Ministries enjoyed each other’s company Thursday as the shelter opened its dining room for residents — both past and present — to partake in a Thanksgiving meal.

When Godtel first opened, they realized at the time that no other organizations actually did a meal on Thanksgiving Day, co-director Mary Baker said. Since they did it for their residents, they were glad to share with those outside because they always had plenty of food, she said.

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