Even though we couldn’t do our typical Easter Banquet this year, we still wanted to make this holiday special for our guests experiencing homelessness.

We started off the celebrations with a dinner service on Good Friday. With colorful tables, spring flowers and a meal that made everyone want to line-up for seconds; it was a wonderful and special way to make our guests feel loved and appreciated.

“It’s Friday, but Sunday’s coming.”

This phrase was said often by guests and staff— and with it came hope. Hope that Christ died, but will soon rise again. Hope that today will pass and tomorrow will bring a new day. Hope that we will be made new. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!”  2 Corinthians 5:17 NIV


Hope, Peace & Joy This Easter 5

Saturday, our guests had a sense of goodwill and peace about them. The warm weather added to the spirit of the season.

It was a day to reflect; to be at peace with what the Easter message brings. Easter is such a special reminder that what Christ did for us, endured for us, and shed for us was all out of love for us. He loves us and offers peace in this life if we so choose to believe.

“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV


With all that’s going on in the world these days, it is in the little things we find joy. That is why Fort Collins Rescue Mission staff and volunteers jumped on the opportunity to uplift our guests this Easter Sunday.

We had a great group of volunteers from Ent Credit Union help dye hardboiled eggs to include in the Sunday morning sack meals.   The unselfish love our staff and volunteers have for our guests is a constant reminder to “[fix] our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” Hebrews 12:2 NIV

May your days be filled with hope, peace and joy this spring season!