GREEN BAY - As millions of people celebrate the Easter holiday, one Green Bay church opened its doors to the less fortunate. And church leaders say it couldn't have happened without God's help.
Marie and Ron Hoke have been married for 12 years and are new to the area.
Coming to Green Bay from California to reconnect with family, they've been here for only a couple weeks.
The only thing is, they're currently homeless.
"We've been through thick and thin, and living on the streets before in California, and it's just another step to get what we need to do," said Marie.
The Hokes, who say they're staying at the Northeast Wisconsin Community Shelter, say in their journeys, faith is sometimes the only thing you have to rely on.
"It's hard," said Ron. "But now, it's…being at the shelter, it's a stepping stone for both of us. We'll get our own place, eventually. And the [worship service] message was uplifting."
"Easter is about renewal, it's about hope," said Ryan Kibbe, pastor of Elevation Church. "It's about what once was dead now resurrects and comes to life."
Elevation Church is recently formed non-denominational church in Green Bay. Holding a special Easter service at the KI Convention Center in downtown Green Bay, Kibbe says the church worked out details with the NEW and Freedom House shelters, to provide an Easter brunch to residents with no strings attached.
"We just wanted to have them, [give them] an opportunity to network with people," said Kibbe.
Kibbe says the church covered all the costs of the meals for the shelter residents, as well as the transportation, giving them the opportunity to break bread take part in fellowship with other church members. Something Kibbe says couldn't have happened without some help.
"Only God could pull this thing off – and he cooperated with the shelters, the bus lines and the KI Center and our people."
A "thing" Kibbe hopes the entire community can come together and continue to do in the future.
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