The dining room at Bean’s Café quickly filled up Thanksgiving morning with people eager for turkey and all the trimmings.

Feeding more than 1,000 homeless clients took more than 160 volunteers.

“We have turkey, we have salad, we have fruit,” said volunteer Daniel Garcia.

He has a lot to be thankful for; Thursday is also his 36th birthday.

“There’s no better way to spend it. After being through what I’ve been through doing the things I’ve done I’m so happy to be around,” he said.

Bean’s Café is a place he’s come to know well over the past five years.

“I was homeless right about a year,” he said.

Garcia was fighting a 15-year heroin addiction when Bean’s Café took him in and got him back on his feet. It’s a struggle he knows others here are facing too.

“When I talk to some people, they say, ‘You don’t know what it’s like.’ I can roll up my sleeve and say yes I do,” Garcia said.

Volunteering is his way of giving back. Garcia wants to show people what can happen when they decide to turn their life around.

“I’m a proud person and it was hard for me to ask for help but it changed my life,” said Garcia.

He’s grateful to be in a better place in his life, and for the people who helped him get there.