Beverly Franklin knows what it is like, because she has been there.
"Because it's where I came from - homelessness," says Franklin.
Delon Ali spent the past week helping spent the past week helping to prepare today's meals learning along the way that it's better to give than to receive.
Thanksgiving at the Bowery Mission has become a holiday tradition that more and more people cannot do without. Administrators say the need is growing every year.
For many, accepting charity is not easy, but smiling volunteers and warm meals make it a lot more difficult to say no.