As November came to a close, we welcomed the beginning of the holiday season with Thanksgiving Day: the time of year most closely associated with food and family. With this in mind, and in our continued efforts to be an integral part of the community, we embarked on connecting with local organizations to extend food and family to.

On November 24, 2015, we partnered with The Midnight Mission to host a night of intimate gathering and gratitude. Set under the stars, we served Zankou Chicken meals to the residents of their HomeLight Family Living program, where they shared humbling stories of how the program has helped them get through difficult times.

HomeLight Family Living is a program of The Midnight Mission that helps survivors of domestic violence, sex trafficking, and other perilous circumstances rebuild sustainable lives. HomeLight Family Living provides their residents with resources for mental health, career advising, and family counseling for a year, allowing them to work toward the lives they deserve.

Participating in HomeLight Family Living’s Night of Reflection and Giving Thanks has been a rewarding and eye-opening experience. It has provided us with even more motivation to become a part of our community, as well as a chance to take a step back from our own lives and appreciate the gifts that have come to us. It has given us a different outlook on life and a genuine desire to give back to those in need.

If you feel compelled to do the same, we highly encourage you to participate with The Midnight Mission and their different programs. For more information on The Midnight Mission, their services, and how you can volunteer, visit

Zankou Chicken working with Midnight Mission group photo
Zankou Chicken working with Midnight Mission photo collage
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