September 18, 2012
I've been volunteering in the kitchen for about year and a half as a mentor chef with the teens, helping to prepare the meals Ceres sends out to members of the community in need of support. I am a retired teacher and have unbounded love and respect for kids of all ages. I am constantly astonished by the high level of care and support with which Ceres holds the teens. The mentors attend monthly meetings during which we continue to search for ways to honor and empower the teens during their time at Ceres with the intent that they internalize their experience and take their empowered selves out into the world. When we raise the bar, they follow because trust has been built with respect, honesty and a communal intention. I have recently been on the receiving end of Ceres as my husband and I recover from a kidney transplant, from me to him. Knowing that there is healthy food in the frig and more on the way has been such a gift! The entire process of being a receipeint has been perfect, from the calm, nurturing intake proceedure, to the angels delivering the meals to our door. Being taken care of by "strangers" has been a mountaintop experience for our family for which we are eternally grateful.
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