Epiphany Center Gives Thanks
November 21, 2013, November 27, 2013
On Thursday, November 21st, Epiphany Center employees and clients, as well as the Ladies of Charity, gathered in the dining hall to share a meal of Thanksgiving.
Every year, Vocational Coordinator Karen Banks works with Epiphany Center’s Residential Recovery clients to cook a traditional Thanksgiving meal for about sixty people. This year, the favorite dishes were the buttermilk cornbread dressing with spicy sausage and the oven roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and walnuts. As part of the Vocational Skills Program, Karen teaches a cooking class once a week for about an hour and a half, equipping clients with the knowledge and skills of making well-balanced and affordable meals for themselves and their families. This Thanksgiving celebration allows the clients to take what they’ve learned and to share it with others.
While the food was delicious, the highlight of the celebration was a surprise client performance. Ten of Epiphany Center’s clients in Residential Recovery voluntarily joined a newly formed Epiphany Center Choir. With help from Karen Banks and their Program Coordinator Deborah Hodges, this diverse group of women sang two beautiful songs of thanks that uplifted the spirits of all who were there and brought tears to many eyes. When asked how the choir was formed, Karen explained that, “It all came together out of the women’s desire to give back.”