GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- - HomewardBound of the Grand Valley and the Division of Youth Corrections partner and have youth from the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center prepare and serve a meal for homeless residents at the shelter.
The youth are involved in the culinary program, and say they enjoy getting to cook and bake. In addition to learning how to cook, they can "provide for some restorative community justice, in that they're giving back to the community. Sort of repairing the harm that they may have caused," says Randy Estes of the Division of Youth Services.
Not only do the youth appreciate the cooking, but the homeless they are feeding benefit as well. "These men are extremely kind and polite, they cook delicious and wonderful meals. And then HomewardBound's residents are so grateful to have a full stomach, and a roof over their head," says Megan Kemmis, the Director of Planning and Development for HomewardBound of the Grand Valley.
HomewardBound of the Grand Valley served 116,207 meals last year.