Thursday, December 8, 2016

Non-Profit Spotlight: God's Love We Deliver


How it all began….

In 1985, a hospice volunteer named Ganga Stone paid a visit to an AIDS patient that changed her life. The patient, Richard Sale, was too ill to cook for himself. Ganga's compassion took hold, a meal was prepared and delivered on the next visit, and an epiphany was born:  Something as basic as delivering a meal could bring dignity and recognition to a desperate situation.
Ganga's experience then drove her to a second epiphany. The severity of Richard's situation demanded something more than simply delivering food. It required preparing nutritionally-tailored meals that would support an individual's specific medical treatment. She researched his needs and was on her way again, with a new meal in hand, when she was stopped by a minister in the neighborhood who recognized her. He asked what she was doing, she told him, and he replied, "you're not just delivering food ... you're delivering God's love."
And Ganga said, "That's the name."


The volunteers…
An organization such as God's Love We Deliver cannot exist without the support of the community of volunteers that ensure meals are prepped, cooked and delivered daily. Each day a new volunteer steps up to lend a hand. They are trained and over time they will pay it forward by training the next generation of new volunteers who will help in delivering God’s love.

It began with the simple principle that no one should ever have to face the dual crises of illness and hunger.

They brought meals to home-bound people living with HIV/AIDS. Today, with your support, they've grown, expanded and reached some amazing milestones:



  • Over 8,000 annual volunteers help us each year
  • We cook and deliver over 1.3 million meals each year
  • This winter, we cooked and delivered our 16 millionth meal
  • We now serve clients with over 200 unique diagnoses

So much has changed in our 30 years, their core values have not. Every day clients struggle with malnutrition, hunger, illness and isolation. When they contact God's Love, they find a community who cares deeply about them. Together, they're dedicated to cooking and delivering the individually-tailored meals and nutrition counseling that clients require at a time in their lives when they need it most. This is done - free of charge - with dignity, respect and compassion.


Today…

30 years after the organization was created, it continues its mission to deliver God’s love to all in need. With the help of many volunteers GLWD brings about 5,500 meals each day to over 2,500 individuals each week.

After 22 months in a temporary Brooklyn location, GLWD completed the move to their new home in The Michael Kors Building in SoHo. The brand new, state-of-the-art, 9,600 sq. foot kitchen on the second floor has wonderful natural light, and includes four industrial-size refrigerators, three freezers, five blast freezers, five 80-gallon soup kettles, and a waste digester that converts up to 1,000 lbs. of organic food waste into disposable water. Every day, more and more sick and hungry New Yorkers reach out to God's Love looking for help. The move to The Michael Kors Building allows GLWD to continue to respond to the urgent needs of the clients for years to come.


The way forward…

There are many ways in which the community can come together and lend a hand. God's Love We Deliver has succeeded over many years because so many people care enough to help. Without the combined efforts of literally thousands of dedicated individuals, we simply couldn't do what we do. There are so many ways to get involved - from volunteering in the kitchen, making deliveries, attending events, and making a donation; all of which helps them continue moving forward.

Help to spread the word by supporting and socializing the good work of this amazing organization. Like, follow and subscribe and join the many volunteers this winter season and help those in need.



Happy holidays to you and your wonderful families.
Wishing everyone a happy, healthy and prosperous new year.

Cheers to all!!!



Written by Ingrid Galvez,
Chair, Diversity & Inclusion, NGLCCNY


Organizational Development Consultant, Strategic Remedy Group

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