PROVIDENCE, RI- Inside the Emanuel House, an emergency homeless shelter for men, volunteers are preparing food while Bishop Thomas Tobin offers food for the soul.
"They don't have a lot of material gifts and blessings but, for all of us it's an opportunity to think a little bit and to thank God for all the gifts and blessings we have," said Bishop Tobin.
For homeless men like Mike Johnston, he has a family in Providence, but chose to be here.
"You know, I don't think that it's a thing where it's down and out; I chose to be here. My sister invited me, my brother invited me. I could have been there but I chose to be here. It was my choice, "said Johnston.
Maliek Threats said, "I'd rather be here. I mean nothing else better to do. We all treat each other as family."
"In addition to a Thanksgiving meal, everyone was provided a miraculous medal, blessed by Bishop Tobin. The tradition dates back to the 18–hundreds. It's used as a tool of encouragement and hope."
"I'm always gonna wear it and never take it off, so a lot of good things will come with this," said Threats.
Emanuel House has been open since 2010 and also provides services for addiction recovery, and employment.