Both Tiru Moten and Leroy Doyle are active members in our Culinary Unit. They plan, prepare, and serve our lunches, and they do it as a team. Although they did not know each other before they joined GAC, they have become the best of friends.
Tiru, a Milwaukee native and 1991 Custer H.S. graduate, is 48. He lives with his grandmother and his uncle on the northside of Milwaukee and loves sports. A man of few words, he arrives at GAC's Culinary Unit by 10 a.m. from Monday to Friday and works preparing and serving lunch.
Tiru says: I first heard about GAC 11 years ago from my caseworker at Outreach Community Health Center. GAC gets me out of the house and occupies my time. I resisted at first and I didn't want to join. I thought I'd be with a bunch of crazy people. But then I got involved in Culinary, loved the work, and also got to know everyone. It's such a great place.
I began to realize that all people have issues and that when we meet on common ground, we're the same. I was never much of an attention seeker, but I do like preparing and serving lunch, and watering our plants. For now, I also like working at our Group Placement at the Milwaukee County Department of Housing.
Lately, I have been thinking about maybe going back to school. I love the many different salads we make here at GAC. Perhaps next year I will take a course on salads and then I might consider working in a restaurant. I have learned so much from Tim (Voss), Jenna (Houillon) and Glen (Satterlund). They are my teachers. Something else I am looking forward to is a family reunion. My roots are in Little Rock, Arkansas. Because of the pandemic, I haven't seen any of my relatives since the summer of 2019.