Giving Thanks for So Much! A Gratitude Brunch

At St. Stephen’s Youth Programs, we have so much for which to be thankful: the joy we get from our young people; the deep connections with their families; the passion and energy of our staff and volunteers; and the hard work of our partner organizations--religious and community groups--which helps to make every dollar and every hour do more for our young people.

On Sunday November 20, we celebrated all of those things--plus our brand new kitchen!--at a Gratitude Brunch with our friends and supporters from Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester. Our collaboration with Parish of the Epiphany has been a long and fruitful one, including so many wonderful B-SAFE meals, our annual Turkey Wahoo event (taking place on Tuesday November 22 this year), and a warm welcome at field trips when our youth visited Epiphany over the years.

Our friends from Parish of the Epiphany provided the seed money for the kitchen project so it was especially fitting and important that they were here as we dedicated the kitchen to long-time SSYP participant and staff member Jorge Fuentes, a lover of good food and a student of the culinary arts, who grew up to be an exemplary leader in our program before he was tragically killed by gun violence four years ago.

We prepared a celebratory brunch in the new kitchen and then sat down to eat together. Along with Jorge’s family, the people of St. Stephen’s and the people of Parish of the Epiphany shared a meal. Even more importantly, we shared a sense of partnership, of purpose to create more justice, and of thankfulness.

Wishing all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  Our new kitchen is dedicated to Jorge Fuentes.

Our new kitchen is dedicated to Jorge Fuentes.

  Rev. Liz Steinhaser, MirnaLuz Ramos, mother of Jorge Fuentes, and Rev. Tim Crellin as we dedicate the kitchen.

Rev. Liz Steinhaser, MirnaLuz Ramos, mother of Jorge Fuentes, and Rev. Tim Crellin as we dedicate the kitchen.

By Jen Cusack, Director of Leadership Giving

 

 Rev. Tim Crellin, Rev. Thomas Brown of Parish of the Epiphany, and Jenny Gray and Beulah Roach, longtime parishioners of St. Stephen's.

Rev. Tim Crellin, Rev. Thomas Brown of Parish of the Epiphany, and Jenny Gray and Beulah Roach, longtime parishioners of St. Stephen's.

  Toasting our partnership with Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester

Toasting our partnership with Parish of the Epiphany, Winchester

 Connecting over a meal.

Connecting over a meal.

 A view of our brand new kitchen. Come on in for a visit soon!

A view of our brand new kitchen. Come on in for a visit soon!