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Amani – Feeding the Soul

May 2020

Amani had just started her job as a Cook at The Habersham House just two months before the Coronavirus hit and the entire world seemed to turn upside down. Although she was no stranger to the kitchen, Amani admits it was a challenge to no longer have the interaction with the residents, which is an aspect of the job that she particularly enjoys.

Working four days a week, Amani helps to prepare healthy lunches and dinners for 200 residents. The menu is always changing, which Amani enjoys, and she’s proud that she and the kitchen staff plan and put together a varied menu, and that each entrée comes with multiple sides and a dessert for the residents to choose from.

“I love cooking – it’s my passion!” she told us, sharing that she also cooks at home, always trying new recipes.

Since the pandemic began, residents now eat in their rooms, rather than all together in the dining hall. She knows that they are lonely and feels bad for what they’re going through. “The residents can’t see their families or even eat with their friends – and I feel bad for them. I hope that the meals that I make will be a bright spot in their day.” She goes on to say, beaming, “And I do think the residents appreciate my food because they send thank you notes to the kitchen. One person even drew hearts on hers!”

Amani’s job coach, Elizabeth, remarked on what a joy Amani is to work with. “Despite the stress of starting a new job and then having to deal with a pandemic, Amani always has a positive attitude and has never stopped putting the residents first.” Elizabeth goes on to share, “She is really a very talented person – not only is she an amazing cook, but she’s also interested in beauty. She will be able to do anything that she puts her mind to!”

Amani looks forward to when things go back to normal and she’s able to interact with the residents in person again, but until then, she’s focused on making them feel loved through the meals she makes for them. “I’m willing to do whatever it takes – wear a mask, wear gloves, and practice social distancing. I just want our residents to know that they are important to me.”

Time and time again, those working in our Supported Employment program are helping to ease difficult situations and bring comfort to others! Thank you for helping us support these wonderful workers.

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