Where to Go for Thanksgiving if “Home” Isn’t an Option

For many of us, Thanksgiving is synonymous with family. We go home to our loving (if not stressful and slightly overbearing) relatives, eat substantial amounts of food, and laugh our way through awkward, intrusive conversations. But not everyone can go home for Thanksgiving, and for some being around family at this or any time of the year is toxic, unhealthy, or even a dangerous endeavor. For others, there is no home to go home to. That’s why this time of year, organizations across the country are preparing to offer homeless youth, survivors of abuse, refugees, and other displaced individuals a place to enjoy a meal, a laugh, and if necessary a safe place to sleep.