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Client's Story

Volunteer's Story

STUDENT'S STORY

Our Response to COVID-19

What We Do

Meet Our Clients

The Culinary Arts Program

Our Graduates

Kelly - Loaves and Fishes’ Culinary Arts Program Graduate


Kelly is the parent of an adult child with Asperger’s Syndrome, who she has raised alone. This has afforded her with the opportunity to meet, engage and learn from a very broad spectrum of people. It has also blessed her with patience she never dreamed she could have.

The past almost 25 years have been an amazing rollercoaster ride of extremely high, highs and desperately low, lows. She began this journey as an employee of USDA, from where she thought she’d retire. After working with the USDA for five years, Kelly had a baby who arrived 13 weeks early and changed her life drastically. Her newborn (Pooh) spent 7 months in the hospital and then her husband left. Now it was just the two of them; Pooh and Kelly.

No job. No prospects. Unwilling to leave her sickly little baby with sitters, she had to get on assistance. Even though this is not as she planned, it did enable her to spend time with her son — something she wouldn’t trade for anything. Pooh wasn’t expected to mature past childhood, yet here he is at 24 years old.

Kelly is a singer who cooks! These are two of her greatest passions. Doing these two things lets Kelly touch people, spiritually and physically, making them happy and hopefully warming their hearts. Feeding people provides instant gratification for her! Kelly came to Loaves and Fishes Culinary Training Program after seeing the flyer twice at a county office building but only stopping to take one after she heard a voice in her head telling her to, “go back; go back and look at the fishes.” She turned around and took a flyer home.

Kelly was amazed that the class was FREE. She has been wanting to attend culinary school for years and had even applied to Le Cordon Bleu, but cost was always the deciding factor. Kelly feels like her childhood fantasy of opening a restaurant is finally attainable. Kelly is very thankful to Loaves and Fishes. If it wasn’t for Loaves and Fishes, she believes she wouldn’t have taken the leap of faith to follow her dream. She’s excited to serve others through her passion of feeding people.

Kelly believes that just because she’s over 50 it doesn’t mean her life is coming to an end…she believes in new beginnings.