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Gathering Together Again at Room at the Table

Published on 05/13/2022
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Jenn Ruebush
Community Outreach Coordinator

Lutheran Community Services held its annual Room at the Table breakfast on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 - in person for the first time since 2019! We switched venues to Christ Church Christiana Hundred, with brightly colored tablecloths to keep the event cheery and comfortable despite drizzly weather. Caffé Gelato provided the food and beverages. Instead of assigned tables, we offered open seating and encouraged everyone to relax and enjoy the time together.

LCS Program Director Heather Mackson emceed our program, and the Rt. Reverend Kevin S. Brown offered the opening prayer. Executive Director Rob Gurnee shared how LCS innovated, adapted, and grew through uncertain times. With support from the community, we have not had to draw from the endowment and can invest in programs and infrastructure to expand our reach.  

Everyday, we interact with individuals who show courage and perseverance during challenging times. We were blessed to have several of them join us and add a lot of heart to our program. Carol “Kitty” Mayo shared her story of working with Ms. Jean Washington at LCS to get financial assistance when COVID-19 impacted her voice training business. Kitty’s spunk and spirit inspires us.

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A collaboration with ChristianaCare, the Delaware Food Farmacy continues to grow. Dr. Alicia Salvatore, Director of Community Engaged Research at ChristianaCare, gave an overview of the what, why, and how of the Delaware Food Farmacy. Community Healthcare Worker Michelle Torres and Food Distribution Coordinator Jenn Williams accompanied Leonard Conyers, a graduate of the program. Mr. Conyers gave a touching overview of his experience and brought many to tears as he ended in song.

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The third effort we highlighted was our outreach to seniors. Pam Glandton, Supportive Services Supervisor with Arbor Management, LLC, accompanied by resident Carmen Ortiz, brought a lot of passion to her rally to support our seniors in a variety of ways. We look forward to working further with Pam in this area.

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Outgoing LCS Board of Trustees President Emily Gibson reflected on how we responded to many new and unknown circumstances during her tenure. We are grateful for her commitment to LCS and her willingness to continue to engage with us! Current LCS Board Vice-President Barbara King finished off our breakfast program with a call to rise up to meet whatever comes our way.

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Thank you to all who attended our breakfast! We truly love showing our supporters the impact they make and how LCS can help individuals and families persist and grow stronger. In return, their stories and successes nourish and inspire us.

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