Christmas meal prepared for life-changing men

Another Chance House was full of family, friends and volunteers Sunday who spent their Christmas Day eating with men who are in the process of turning their lives around.

Another Chance House is a homeless men's shelter which offers help to get on the road to self-sufficiency. The men are clothed, fed and housed while they find work. Some of them pay rent to live at the house.

Resident Manager Bobby Nixon says every case is different, but all the men came to the house in hopes of improving their lives.

"A lot of our guys, when they first came here, had burned bridges with family," Nixon said. "So people that we meet through Another Chance House, they become the blanket family that you get to know because you see them a lot. They frequent here; we have a lot of visitors that come on a regular basis. So, you really extend that care and love and friendship out towards them."

On the menu was ham, red beans, fried potatoes and cheese grits, all served by volunteers from Unitarian Fellowship. According to Nixon, the company of family and friends helps to inspire the men to continue to stay on the right path.

"Once a guy starts making some progress, he progresses through our shelter out into transitional housing," he said. "So as he starts making those positive steps towards bettering himself and improving his quality of life, we expect a little more out of him."