Kitchen Angels   |    1222 Siler Road  Santa Fe, NM  87507   |    505.471.7780
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Celebrating the lives of our volunteers and clients


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Ted Ore
 

August rushes by like desert rainfall, 
A flood of frenzied upheaval, 
Expected, But still catching me unprepared. 
Like a matchflame bursting on the scene, 
Heat and haze of crimson sunsets. 
Like a dream of moon and dark barely recalled, 
A moment, shadows caught in a blink. 
Like a quick kiss; One wishes for more 
But it suddenly turns to leave,  
Dragging summer away. 
  
~Elizabeth Maua Taylor

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One of the storage cages that will travel to SFCCC
After much preparation, Kitchen Angels has started our renovation! The kitchen moved to Santa Fe Community Convention Center on Monday, August 7th. We closed that day to facilitate the task. Thank you Karen Price Coberly and William Coberly for supervising the move. Special thanks go to Elva Busch, Linda and John Dressman, Bob Horwitz, Jim Brack and the many angels who hefted, disassembled, dusted and relocated our entire kitchen! It was a monumental task. We thank all of our volunteers for being patient with the rapidly changing plans and remaining good humored and flexible. Please check your email often in the coming weeks. Email is our primary method of communicating the important details that volunteers will need to know.
Jeanette is quick to answer the phone- friendly & ready to serve!


With everyone chipping in, showing up for their shifts, and staying in communication, this transition is sure to go smoothly. We've all put our best efforts forward, and are rising to the occasion. Many thanks to each of you.


We can't wait to celebrate our 25th anniversary with Kitchen Angels volunteers and the Santa Fe community. If you haven't gotten your tickets yet for Pink Martini at the Santa Fe Opera Theater on August 30th, the time is now! There are less than 500 tickets left, and chances are good that this event will sell out. If you haven't heard of Pink Martini, give them a listen here.
China Forbes of Pink Martini sings
China Forbes of Pink Martini sings "Sympathique."
 

Congratulations to everyone who chipped in to make Kitchen Angels one of the "Best Nonprofits in Santa Fe" for yet another year running. We've placed in the top three since the beginning of Santa Fe Reporter's contest! We know that what makes us one of the best is all of the fantastic volunteers who show up each week to conquer the huge task of feeding so many homebound Santa Feans. Thanks to those who voted in the contest.

A shout out to Richard Parker DDS, one of our new delivery volunteers, who rose to the top to win best dentist in Santa Fe. That's quite an honor and we're, in turn, honored to count you among our valued volunteers.

Congratulations to another delivery driver, Chuck Zobac, and his wife Carol Rose who owns Amanda's Flowers, for winning Best Florist. Carol picks up vases from Kitchenality for some of her bouquets.

We're also proud of the many Angels Night Out restaurants who won in different categories: Jambo, Fire & Hops, Loyal Hound, The Teahouse, India House, Paper Dosa, Santa Fe Bite, The Ranch House, Andiamo!, Piccolino, Izanami, and Second Street Brewery. You really are the BEST in our book!  
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Nancy, one of our food donors, bringing us herbs, greens, and edible flowers.
 

All meals prepared at Kitchen Angels are low in salt. Many of our clients need to watch their salt intake, so we leave this ingredient out of most of our meals. Just because salt isn't added to a dish, however, doesn't mean it will be flavorless. The use of fresh herbs and spices adds loads of flavor to food, without driving up the sodium. We practice using less salt and more herbs everyday at Kitchen Angels, but August 29th is the "official" day. Celebrate More Herbs, Less Salt Day and join Kitchen Angels in eating healthier!




You may have noticed Teresa being busier the past few months. Among other things, she has been collecting recipes that are entered into a program to scale them up or down, and places them in an easy to read format. Moving forward, we hope to have all of our recipes stored and organized in a computer file, complete with nutritional values. Many thanks to Sarah Taylor and Kathy Gregory Moore for their invaluable assistance throughout this process. It simply would not be possible without your expertise!

We make so many delicious meals for our clients, everyone is bound to have a favorite. If you find one particularly tasty, feel free to stop in Lauren's office and ask for a copy of the recipe. We're always delighted to share our wealth of nutritious recipes.
 
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We always welcome new volunteers! Here are our current opportunities:
  • Tuesday Driver, Route 3 (N. on Cerrillos Rd.)
  • Tuesday Driver, Route 9 (Alta Vista)
  • Tuesday Driver, Route 12 (Pacheco St.) 
  • Tuesday Driver, Route 17 (S. St. Francis Dr.)

If you or someone you know are interested in becoming a volunteer, please contact Lauren at 471-7780.   

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We each have much to be thankful for and each week in August is designated in such a way as to remind us of this.
 
Week 1 in August is National Simplify your Life Week. Have you ever noticed that your closets, cupboards and counter tops gather items until the clutter gets away from you? We live in a society that is very focused on consumption and, when it turns into clutter, it may be time to let some things go. We can experience greater calmness and clarity and find more time to give to the things that are most important when we simplify our life by getting rid of excess stuff and time-wasting tasks. This is an excellent article on some practical ways to simplify your life to achieve greater inner peace.   
 
Delicious food makes us smile!
Week 2 is National Smile Week. We've written about the power of smiling in previous Halo Headlines, but it's worth sharing again. Smiling is one of the simplest, yet most powerful acts we can perform to improve our well-being and that of the people we encounter. When we deliver meals to people who feel very isolated because of their disabilities, the gift of a sincere smile has the power to brighten their day and alleviate their lonliness. The practice of smiling, even when it's not completely sincere, has benefits. Click here for some interesting science on the importance of smiling.  
 
Week 3 of this heart-felt month is National Friendship Week. "A friend is one who knows you as you are, understands where you have been, accepts what you have become, and still, gently allows you to grow." ~ William Shakespeare. We've seen some lovely friendships blossom between Kitchen Angels volunteers and clients. Click here if you'd like to know more about how to make friends, understand friendship better, and appreciate why friends matter.
 
Route 2 driver delivering our one millionth meal to Beth D.
Last but not least, Week 4 is Be Kind to Humankind Week. It seems like a sentiment that  should go without saying, but we can all stand to be kinder to one another. The group that initiated this holiday goes one step further by offering suggestions on acts of kindness for each day of the week: sacrificing for others' needs, driving courteously, touching a heart, lending a hand, being thoughtful, forgiving your foe, and speaking kind words. Life moves so quickly that it's important to slow down and take the time to reach out with kindness to others.
 
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! Thanks 

We are grateful for the different agencies and organizations in Santa Fe whom we consider good neighbors and partners. Many of those in need wouldn't know about Kitchen Angels as a resource if it weren't for referring agencies. Here's a list of just some of the agencies and organizations we work with:
  • Cancer Foundation for New Mexico helps people throughout the state who are affected by cancer to access the treatments they need. They house patients during treatment in Santa Fe, and we feed them and their caregivers. 
  • Presbyterian Medical Services designs and delivers quality accessible integrated health, education, and human services in response to identified community needs of the multicultural people of the Southwest.
  • Adult Protective Services protects the safety of adults  who are disabled or vulnerable in order to prevent abuse, neglect, or exploitation.
  • La Familia Medical Center is a community health center, providing medical and dental care to the underserved people of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center refers many clients to us who are being discharged from the hospital and need assistance with meals.
  • Coming Home Connections provides volunteers who offer free in-home care and personal support to at-risk and vulnerable populations. We've worked with this organization for years and fed many of the people they've referred to us.
  • Esperanza Shelter offers safe, confidential housing, counseling, food, clothing and supplies for women and children who are experiencing domestic abuse. Kitchenality provides kitchen wares for families who are setting up new households outside of dangerous situations. 
  • Santa Fe Vet Center offers counseling and other resources to our veterans. We receive referrals from them.
  • Santa Fe Animal Shelter & Humane Society's mission is to support animals, save lives and spread compassion. They provide pet food for our homebound clients who have pets.
  • Adelante assists families, young people, and children who are experiencing transitional living situations find food, education, and other social services. Kitchen Angels provides them with canned goods and kitchen wares once they find stable housing.
  • Casa Familia provides emergency shelter, meals, case management, showers, laundry, mail services, clothing, and supplies for single women and families. Kitchenality offers them kitchen wares when families are moving out of the shelter and into homes.
Diana's dogs receive chow each week from SF Animal Shelter, delivered by our KA drivers 

 

And that just scratches the surface. There are so many other health and hospice centers, private practice doctors, and individuals who reach out to Kitchen Angels to give and receive services.  We're a proud member of the Santa Fe community of social services and a helpful neighbor to our sister organizations. We're truly grateful for each person, agency and organization in Santa Fe who help make this a thriving community. 

 
Kitchen Angels | 505-471-7780 | info@kitchenangels.org | http://www.kitchenangels.org
1222 Siler Road
Santa Fe, NM 87507