Easter dinner is served

The Upper Room Mission will make Easter special for hundreds of people today.

The mission is expecting to provide a hearty, festive meal for some 300 people.

"Easter Dinner has always been one of the most attended meals services of the year at the mission. It is up there with Thanksgiving, Christmas and the Homeless Memorial Dinner," said URM general manager, Cera Brown. "We are expecting another large crowd this year."

For almost 40 years, the society has provided respite to whoever is experiencing poverty or scarcity of food or lack of community.

One of the oldest charities in Vernon, it was created by then-Vernon sheriff, Ron Morgan, who says on the URM website, “The idea was in my heart, and I couldn’t get rid of it.”

Every month, more than 5,500 meals are provided. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served Monday through Friday.

"Because we are a non-profit, non-government funded organization, we rely heavily on community support," says Brown. "None of what we do at the Mission is possible without that community support."

Their community partners range from large supermarket chains, corporate restaurants and coffee shops to independent bakeries, small businesses and individual donors.

- Cindy Rhyason  

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