Recently, I was asked what is my passion behind the starting up the kitchen, and this was my response...
My passion for the Hope Recovery Kitchen came about when I saw so many people getting turned away from treatment and the support they desperately needed because of cost or lack of insurance coverage. This made me sad and I thought, if only there was a place here in Greenville where people could gather and eat meals together and grow a community where they can support each other. I feel strongly about speaking out and helping where and when I am able. I still battle anorexia and have been for several years but I believe I am closer to the end than I have ever been before and now I want to see this kitchen started. I have gathered a friend to me, that has helped me so much in this journey. My friend, Donata used to let me come to her home whenever I needed to and let me eat meals with her and her family. This helped me so much overcome my fear of food and with the redeeming. Her support was a key factor in my recovery. I wish to see this taken to a bigger scale and we know we can’t do it alone, but with Christ, this is possible. Helping others with eating disorders is my passion. I want for everyone to get the help I got. I’m not going to recover and then go silent about it. I want to finalize my own recovery journey here at the Hope Recovery Kitchen, by encouraging others that are still behind me to press on to the finish line. I promise, it does get easier!
Donata’s response was as follows...
I’m a mom of three grown children, I was trained as an RN in my home country of Switzerland.
For the past 20 years I’ve been helping people from different backgrounds who have been battling an eating disorder. In doing so I’ve noticed a lack of meal support outside of treatment centers. On numerous times I’ve successfully offered meal support to some of my friends with ED, and I would love to offer this kind of help to larger groups of people.