Giving Thanks:

RUTLAND - The third annual Open Door Mission shelter's Thanksgiving dinner was held in Rutland for over 100 people. The meal was sponsored by the Proczobut family of Rutland, in memory of Shawn Poczubut, a generous and caring person who tragically passed away in 2007 after a logging accident.

Rutland's Open Door Mission Shelter was founded in 1987 by former Rutland mayor and Open Door Board member John Cassarino. All the food for the Thanksgiving day fiest was bought by the Proczobut family, with dessert pies donated by St. Bridget's Church in West Rutland. The delicious menu consisted of turkey, mashed potatoes, peas, squash, deviled eggs and dinner rolls.

The Proczobut's originally held their Thanksgiving feast at the St. Bridget's, until three years ago when they decided to team up with the Open Door Mission in order to provide more space for the dinner, which is open to all. Most of the guests for the dinner include the homeless, working poor and a few veterans as well.

The Open Door Mission is a non-profit organization serving the Rutland area, that helps those who are homeless or have no place to stay. They offer life-skills programs and helps people in finding a way to get back on their feet and productive in society. The mission is primarily funded through donations, a thrift store and annual gold tournaments.

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